More Than 7,600 Children Celebrated Halloween in Style Thanks to Your Generosity!

Your gift of $25.00 can provide 5 costumes to local children in need.

Your gift of $50.00 can provide 8 costumes plus UPS charges to children throughout the United States.

Your gift of $100.00 can provide 2 children with the costume of their dreams plus UPS charges throughout the United States.

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 2017, we distributed 1,400 costumes to children served by these organizations:

Warren E. Smith Health System, PA
The Housing Partnership, KY
Jane Addams Place, PA
Six Homeless Women's/Children's Houses, NY
The Floating Hospital, NY
Safe Horizon, NY
St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School, PA
Carson Valley Children's Aid, PA
Catholic Charities of Trenton, NJ
Chances, PA
PPW Program, NY
Plus a school in Pakistan!

In 2016, The Halloween Helpers distributed costumes to these worthy non-profit agencies:

  • The Charles Dorsey School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lutheran Settlement House, Philadelphia, PA
  • Seneca House, Bronx, NY
  • Lang House, New York, NY
  • Family Success Center, Paterson, NJ
  • Warren E. Smith Health System, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Lighthouse Foundation, Miami, FL
  • Chances, Philadelphia, PA

If you are a non-profit organization interested in collaborating with us in 2018, or interested in holding a future costume collection, please contact us.


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(610) 642-7427
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PO Box 19, Wynnewood, PA  19096

Click here to see
photos from our 2014 national costume distribution events

A non-profit corporation, Tax ID# 46-1381562
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 2016 national costumes distribution events.
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Click here to see  photos from our 2015 national costumes distribution events.