Every year, Americans spend billion of dollars on Halloween supplies, including all the costumes and decorations for kids and adults alike, as well as providing for trick-or-treaters, parties, and neighborhood celebrations, like haunted houses. As an obviously fast-growing consumer holiday, it is inevitable that the supplies are going to build up, and may not be relevant again to you and your family until next Halloween.
Given how expensive costumes and other supplies for this “holiday” are, it doesn’t make sense to simply throw them out or give them away, especially since kids sometimes like to wear their costumes for days (or even weeks) after Halloween is over. And for parents who spent hours putting together the right costume for their child, holding onto that costume can also sometimes mean holding onto the memories of that year, or passing that costume onto a sibling in the future.
While packing up Halloween decorations to prepare them for storage may seem straightforward, costumes need to be stored in an appropriate manner so as to be usable in the future. It is important that they are first cleaned appropriately (sometimes this requires dry cleaning to ensure that all stains are removed) and stored in a plastic container or garment bag instead of anything that can trap moisture and end up causing damage, such as a trash bag. If one or more parts of the costume needs to retain a particular shape, you can use Styrofoam or bubble wrap to hold it in place.
Just as with costumes, it is important to ensure that any and all decorations going into storage are also as dry as possible first. In addition, do yourself a favor and be sure to label everything so that it is all easy to access next year. Some people also find it helpful to section out the decorations into different categories and store those as one instead of just throwing everything into bins randomly. Fragile items (i.e. glass) should be stored at the top of bins instead of at the bottom.
Storage Units Are Versatile
It might be wise to color-coordinate as you pack away your Halloween materials in case you want to store other holiday decorations in your unit as well. The problem with relying on basements or attics for storage is that moisture and/or too much sunlight can become an issue.
Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver Is Here To Help
Iron Gate Storage is a local small business that specializes in storage and truck rentals for our local communities, business, and government customers. Our mission is to make storage and moving easy and convenient for everyone. Contact us today to find out how we can help you safely store your Halloween supplies until you need them again next year.
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