More Than 5,400 Children Celebrated Halloween in Style Thanks to Your Generosity!

Halloween is one of the most important events in a young child’s life.  It provides lifelong memories, develops self-worth, and allows kids to play an active role in their community.  Unfortunately, many children are unable to participate in this fun, annual experience because they do not have a costume.

Developed in 2008 by then 11-year-old Emma Rose Shapiro the mission of The Halloween Helpers is to collect previously-enjoyed, gently-used Halloween costumes and donate them to children who may not typically be able to participate in this yearly celebration. 

Thanks to your generosity, The Halloween Helpers has had amazing success,  In 2009, Emma collected more than 2,000 costumes. All were donated to children served by the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League.  In 2010, almost 1,000 costumes were collected which were distributed to five Philadelphia-area children's oriented non-profit organizations and schools in high-risk areas.  In 2013, St. Peter the Apostle School, Interim House West and Jane Addams School, all in Philadelphia, received more than 300 costumes. In 2014, we helped nine national organizations with almost 1,000 costumes.

In 2015, The Halloween Helpers distributed costumes nationally.  Sites included:

  • The Children's Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • Charles Meigs Community Center, Perris, CA
  • LIWEN:  Long Island Women's Empowerment Network, Brentwood, NY
  • Straight and Narrow Inc. Family Success Center, Paterson, NJ
  • Chances, Philadelphia, PA
  • La Casita 1 and 3, Bronx, NY
  • Jane Addams Place, Philadelphia, PA
  • Carson Valley Children's Aid, Norristown, PA
  • Warren E. Smith Health System, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you!!​

If you are a non-profit organization interested in collaborating with us in 2016, or interested in holding a future costume collection, please contact us.


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PO Box 19, Wynnewood, PA  19096

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photos from our 2014 national costume distribution events

A non-profit corporation, Tax ID# 17053366344002
Emma Rose Shapiro, 
Age 17, Co-Founder, 
The Halloween Helpers
Emma Shapiro is a 2015 Local Scholarship Winner  from the Kohl's Cares program.
Click here to see  photos from our 2015 national costumes distribution events.