The costume process
Becoming a ‘WEENSTER is simple. Here’s how it works:
Applications run from August 1 to August 30, 2019.
All applications are accepted during this time period as long as the following are true:
The application is complete for all children, including all sizing information and up to two (2) costume requests.
The applicant(s) demonstrate that he/she/they are in need*.
‘WEEN DREAM has the capacity to fulfill all applicant requests.
All applicants, now considered ‘WEENSTERS, are given a unique code and added to the Master List.
Due to the sensitivity of each ‘WEENSTERS situation, no identifying information is provided to volunteers throughout this process.
Should the ‘WEEN Team reach capacity for the season, applications will close early.
The matching period begins August 31, 2019.
This period is when the ‘WEEN Team begins matching the processed, donated costumes with the Master List requests.
These costumes are matched, labeled with the unique code, and prepared for pickup or shipping.
For all ‘WEENSTERS requiring a new costume for medical or special needs circumstances, these ‘WEENSTERS will be placed on our Pumpkin Patch.
The Pumpkin Patch costumes will be sponsored by donors across the country and shipped anonymously to the ‘WEENSTER from our Amazon Wishlist.
All group request lists are due no later than Friday, September 13, 2019.
Costume pickup and shipping begins October 1, 2019.
Depending on your location, group or family size, and the fulfillment of your requests, costumes may be available for pickup or shipping.
‘WEEN DREAM provides shipping costs to ‘WEENSTERS across the country.
Groups & organizations cover the cost of their ‘WEENSTERS’ shipping.
Costume pickup and shipping ends on October 12, 2019.
This is the ‘WEEN Team’s last working day for the Halloween season!
Extended pickup and shipping can be arranged in advance.
Costume donations are collected year-round.
The bulk of the costume processing happens July, August, and September every year.
Costumes collected by the end of August will go to ‘WEENSTERS this Halloween.
Costumes donated during and after Halloween season will go to ‘WEENSTERS next Halloween.
Examples of children "in need" include those living in poverty, children with serious medical issues, children with special needs, children with mental and/or physical disabilities, and children who have recently experienced a traumatic event (such as a natural disaster).