Organization Helps Kids’ Halloween Dreams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Main Line girl who started an organization to match children with gently used Halloween costumes was on hand Thursday to watch children from the John Wister School in Germantown pick out their costumes.

There was no shortage of smiles.

Amadou is in the 4th grade:

“I picked out a pirate. He has a pirate hand and a sword and a headband and all different kind of stuff.”

Aleah: “A witch!”
Michelle Durham: “She has orange hair!”
Aleah: (laughs) “I know.”
Michelle: “So you are going to have orange hair for Halloween?”
Aleah: “Yes!”

This is the day that Halloween Helpers founder — 13-year-old Emma Rose Shapiro — waited for.

“We have cheerleaders, vampires, princesses and superheroes and they all love them!”

And Wister School Lead Teacher Melissa says the smiles are contagious.

“Some of the kids who never smile, that never talk or are mean to other kids, they were helping, picking out costumes for other kids. It was really heart touching.”

Reported By: Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio


One Comment

  1. Carol Beahr says:

    HI. A woman that I work with her girls are grown but
    she has some nice gently used costumes.
    Can we send them to someone for next year??
    Thank you. Carol Beahr

    1. Ilyse Shapiro says:

      Hi Carol. We would love to have your friend’s costumes for our 2011 costume drive. Please check out our Web site,, for our mailing address. Thanks! Emma’s mom.

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