Halloween Can Be Extra Scary for Some Families

Child Development Institute

The price of a Halloween costume can be the scariest thing about trick-or-treating!

For most families in Toronto, Halloween is the ultimate kids’ party: costumes, make-up, candy and staying up late – well, that is until the inevitable sugar crash hits! But for some families, the decision to purchase a Halloween costume for one night of fun is a luxury they just don’t have. Kids in these homes often experience stress and disappointment when they can’t participate in a party celebrated in school or daycare and by their friends.

Their parents grapple with hiding from the party too. What’s supposed to be a night of fun thrills, turns into another scary reminder of their financial struggles.

The team at the Child Development Institute (CDI) knows that this time of the year can be extra challenging for some kids. They often hear stories from the community members they support that Halloween is just another example of how they don’t fit in.

Troop wants to help CDI take the costume price-tag-fear out of Halloween. We’re calling on Troop members to pull out those boxes of costumes years ago so kids-in-need can experience the joy of trick-or-treating, without having to worry about the cost of the costume. The costumes will be offered to low-income kids and families and will also be used by local shelters and students at the nearby Charles G Fraser public school.

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In pure Troop fashion, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help out Child Development Institute. Here’s how you can help:
  • Pool funds: You can pool your funds together with other Troopers to maximize your impact.  We’ll fulfill the needs and report back on your contribution’s impact.
  • Fulfill through Amazon: You can fulfill the needs through Amazon.  All products are shipped to Troop, we put them together and deliver them to the organization. 
  • Donated goods: If you’d like to donate any of your slightly used goods that are in great condition, you can register for us to pick them up below.

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Pool funds

What we’re really looking for here is donated used Halloween costumes (the stuff in that random, dusty box that never comes out). If you Marie Kondo’ed that box ages ago and you still want to help these kids have an awesome Halloween, we’re collecting money to purchase some great costumes from Value Village or the Thrift Store.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

Fulfill through Amazon​

If you prefer to purchase straight from an Amazon wish list, we’ve got you covered. We selected a few popular costumes that the kids might like. All purchases will be shipped to Troop, where they will be packaged up with the other costumes and delivered to Child Development Institute.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

Donated goods

Yes, please! We want your old costumes so these kids can strut their stuff through the school halls with their heads held as high as the R2-D2 costume will allow. We are looking for all sizes, genders, shapes and makes of costumes. We’ll do FREE pickups in the Roncy / High Park / Junction / King West / Parkdale areas on Thursday, October 10th between 8.30am-12pm. Register below and let us do the work!

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

More Details: Child Development Institute

The Child Development Institute is an accredited children’s mental health agency in Toronto. They offer programs for children ages 0-18 and their families across four streams: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services, The Integra Program (providing clinical services to children with diagnosed learning disabilities and mental health issues) and Healthy Child Development (including five Early Learning Centres and the Parkdale-High Park EarlyON Child and Family Centre).

Their family-focused approach puts families first and has been a key part of their established track record of success in children’s mental health and family violence. They aim to transform the lives of children, youth and their families by developing and delivering world-class, innovative evidence-based mental health programs.
197 Euclid Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6J 2J8

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