Thanks to a recent generous donation by the Myriam Poppins Costume Closet, the children of clients in the Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery will enjoy this year’s Halloween festivities.
Named after a family friend, the Myriam Poppins Costume Closet came to fruition from a suggestion by Conley Bolusky, daughter of Emily and Richard Bolusky, after seeing neighborhood trick-or-treaters show up without costumes. In the first couple of years, 150 costumes were collected from friends and neighbors to give away on Halloween night, and the idea quickly grown.
“The thing that my family loves about Halloween is that it is one of the few holidays where all children are equal,” Emily said. “A child, for one night, can be whatever he or she wants to be, whether it be a baseball player, a princess, a hero or a unicorn. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, if you show up to someone’s door, every child will get the same reward and have the same fun, However, for many Tulsa children, their families lack the resources to provide their children costumes for a single night, and so they go without. These children lose out on the complete Halloween experience and are reminded once again in their lives that the world is not equal.”
This year, more than 700 costumes were given to children on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Brookside’s BooHaHa celebration.