If you are looking for a great Halloween costume for yourself or your kids this year, I want you to consider shopping Goodwill! Believe it or not, it’s a fantastic source of unique, budget-friendly costumes.
I recently attended a Halloween-themed event at the 38th street Goodwill store in Tacoma to learn more.
The awesome part about Goodwill is that they have so many resources to help you put together a great look, including costume experts. Some of these people are really, really into costumes and cosplay! They had a number of them on hand to help us bloggers and influencers learn more about what Goodwill has to offer.
This is Tony, and he’s one such costume expert. He was able to work with me to create a Halloween look at Goodwill!
Here’s the cool fairy costume we came up with! (Yup, that’s really me in the fairy costume!) It’s basically an old prom dress, then we added evening gloves, fairy wings, a wig, and shoes. To complete the look, he took apart some fake flowers and we put them in the wig! That’s one of the big tips I took away from my day: feel free to shop the entire store, not just the Halloween section!
The other thing I love: Goodwill put together this in-store “look book” chock full of costume ideas for you! This is awesome for people like me that struggle with coming up with ideas (or come up with ideas, and then have no clue how to put them together). The Tacoma store also had posters up with ideas, along with accessories grouped by theme to make your shopping experience easier (steam punk, clowns, fairies, etc.).
The Goodwill costume experts, along with staff from the Tacoma Little Theater, shared some fun ideas for throwing a fun Halloween party, including games from Halloween past! In the game above, peppers, candy and bread hang from string around a spinning wheel. Participants are blinded and asked to catch a morsel with their mouth. Get a pepper? You’ll have a spicy marriage. Bread? A prosperous marriage! Candy? A sweet marriage!
We also got some great tips for decorating for Halloween from blogger Leslie Pleasants. She showed how she cleverly doctored up items she purchased from Goodwill to turn them into spooky table and party décor!
This is Honey Batth, and she is a graduate of Goodwill’s culinary program! I love this so, so much. Goodwill offers all these fantastic job training programs to the community and these are funded when you make a purchase at a Goodwill store. Honey’s husband is a US veteran and her training enabled her to go into business for herself. (You can learn more about Honey and support her business by visiting her Facebook page.) Honey shared some simple tips for putting together creepy desserts!
Want to learn more about Goodwill and the work they do in our community? Find a store near you? Find some cool ideas for Halloween costumes? Just head on over to the Goodwill Halloween page to learn more. I also want to mention that last year, I had the opportunity to visit the Spanaway Goodwill Halloween store. It’s a pretty special space with a huge selection. It’s open for business right now, too! You may wish to go back and read my post about that store from last year if you’re local and considering a trip to Goodwill after reading my post!
Enter the Giveaway
I asked if Goodwill be willing to give away a lucky Coupon Project reader a $50 Goodwill gift card so they could put together a unique Halloween costume this year! And, they graciously agreed!
Here’s how to enter:
- Simply leave a single comment on this blog post. For fun, I’d love to hear what you’d like to be for Halloween this year. Or perhaps, what you like about shopping at Goodwill.
- Make sure to use an email address you regularly check when leaving your comment! This is the method I have to contact the winner.
- I will randomly select one winner at noon PST, Wednesday, October 17th. That’s right – you’ve only got TWO DAYS to enter this contest. Time is of the essence – Halloween is only a couple weeks away!
Disclosure: this post has been sponsored by Goodwill of Tacoma Pierce County. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.