BOSTON (CBS) – With the average price of a Halloween costume nearing $25, costumes have become a luxury that is often beyond the reach of many family budgets.

From the Pumpkin Patch is a program designed to help every child experience the magic of Halloween.

Merritt Friedman and her family run several costume collections throughout the year, and prior to Halloween, then host an event where children can come select a FREE costume to wear on Halloween!

On Sunday October 20th, the organization is hosting its costume give-away at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, which has so kindly donated space for us again this year. Children are invited to come and pick out a FREE costume to wear on Halloween. The costume is theirs to keep.

Over the last seven years, the program has given away thousands of costumes to children in need.

Pumpkin Patch Costume Give-Away
Date: Sunday October 20th
Time: 12pm – 4pm* (while supplies last)
Location: UMASS Lowell Inn and Conference Center – 50 Warren Street Lowell
One costume per child. Child must be in attendance.

No income verification is required. Tickets will be provided upon arrival. Entrance to event will proceed in numbered ticket order.

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