If you are looking for a great Halloween costume for your kids (or maybe yourself), but are on a budget, I have a really exciting option to share with you: Goodwill’s Halloween Store in Spanaway, Washington! This store is actually the country’s largest Goodwill space solely devoted to all-things Halloween, and you’ll find it right next door to the Spanaway Goodwill. Until a few days ago, I had no idea this place even existed! I was invited to participate in a special Halloween event hosted at this Goodwill location this week and I wanted to share some of what I learned.
The space is dedicated to just Halloween and contains thousands of costume pieces, accessories, shoes, décor and more that have been saved from donations received throughout the year. I was very impressed not only with the selection, but the organization of the store. Costumes are arranged by category, which will help you easily find what you’re looking for. But in case you need more help…
Goodwill’s got you covered with trained costume helpers! This is Marilyn, from the Goodwill Aberdeen store, and she was on hand to be my personal costumer for the day! Helpers like Marilyn are available at all Goodwill locations, not just the Halloween Store in Spanaway. Marilyn helped me put together the perfect pirate ensemble with a number of pieces throughout the store – and a few items I wouldn’t have considered otherwise. (You can see my completed look at the photo at the top of this post – I’m front and center!)
You will find everything you need to bring your costume together including makeup, wigs, hats, and shoes. Speaking of wigs – most of the ones I spotted were just $4.99 (and they were new!). We paid closer to $20 last weekend at another specialty Halloween shop last week! But the best part about shopping at the Goodwill Halloween Store is knowing that you’re supporting a great cause. Goodwill is a non-profit organization and your donations and purchases help provide job education and training services. (You can read more about the services they offer at their website.) It’s a win all around!
For our event, we were treated to store employees, customers, and friends of the store demonstrating different looks you could put together, thanks to Goodwill. I noticed several large posters throughout the store with additional costume tips, too.
This gal had my favorite ensemble: it’s a spin on the Mad Hatter! Her outfit (minus the boots) was entirely put together with Goodwill finds! How creative is this? If you’re thinking, “gee, I am really not that creative,” remember, Goodwill is there to help. In addition to the in-store costume helpers I mentioned earlier in my post, there are also a number of DIY ideas, tutorials and more available on the Halloween Goodwill page.
There was also a fun demonstration of vintage Halloween games, thanks to some actors from the Tacoma Little Theater. In case you’re wondering what’s going on in the photo above (I know you are!), it’s a game where a blindfolded person must take a bite of food hanging from a wire rack. If they catch a pepper, it means they will have a spicy marriage. If they catch a treat, it means they will have a sweet marriage. And if they catch a piece of bread, they will have a prosperous marriage.
What’s a party without Zumba? Several costumed employees gave us an in-store demonstration.
Finally, we were given some quick tips on how to make frugal Halloween décor and food for your party. Of course, the Goodwill Halloween Store sells many décor items, too! Goodwill has additional Halloween DIY Décor tips available on their website.
Interested to check out the store and learn more? Great! I encourage you strongly to take a look at the Goodwill Halloween website first. I noticed that you can get a 50% off coupon when you sign up to receive email from Goodwill.
Have you visited this store? I’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts! Planning a trip? I’d love to hear what kind of costume(s) you’re looking for this year.
Disclosure: today’s post has been sponsored from Goodwill. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.