About three-quarters of Americans will celebrate Halloween this year — though how they celebrate will be affected by the pandemic — and many find do-it-yourself costumes or decor at Goodwill.
All of this is according to Goodwill’s 2021 Halloween Survey, which found that about a third of people surveyed plan to wear a costume and 29% prefer a DIY costume. Goodwill — at 88% — tops the list of favorite places to shop among those who prefer DIY costumes and look for materials at thrift stores.
The survey also found that safety concerns around COVID-19 loom over the holiday. Seventy-three percent of Americans say those concerns will have some impact on their Halloween plans this year, with many choosing outdoor, virtual or socially distanced activities.
“Halloween is one of Goodwill’s busiest seasons as customers embrace do-it-yourself costume and décor shopping at Goodwill stores,” said Leisa Wamsley, Goodwill’s Vice President of Donated Goods. “There are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween while taking safety precautions during the pandemic. Whatever your plans, Goodwill stores are a one-stop shop with a wide range of Halloween merchandise to fit your needs.”
The Goodwill Halloween Survey also found that Halloween costumes based on pop culture trends or characters from TV, movies, video games or books are the most popular among respondents planning to dress up this year. Twenty-eight percent preferred these kinds of costumes, followed by iconic Halloween costumes, such as witches, ghosts, zombies or werewolves at 25%, and very unique, one-of-a-kind costumes at 24%.
Goodwill’s stores and outlets are stocked with items that can be easily transformed into unique costumes or props, such as ball gowns, overalls, medical scrubs, wigs, scarves, toys and more. With a little imagination, shoppers can easily assemble costumes for the whole family at a fraction of the cost they would pay at a Halloween specialty store.
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Have some costume ideas in mind before you go shopping. The Internet is a great place to find inspiration for a do-it-yourself costume that will be uniquely you
Set aside time to shop, so you can find the pieces that work best for your costume.
Make a list of the items you need before going shopping. This will keep you focused on your costume (there’s a lot to see at Goodwill!) and also prevent you from forgetting a crucial item.
Use your imagination and keep an open mind — everyday clothing items and accessories can often be altered, resized or repurposed to create something entirely new.
Shop all sections of the store. Costume pieces for women can often be found in the men’s section, and vise-versa. Useful items and fabrics can also be found in the children’s section.
Shop Goodwill’s discounts, such as the 50 percent off color-of-the-week, to save even more money.
Don’t forget the rest of the store! Goodwill’s home goods and book sections are full of items that can be used or repurposed as costume props or Halloween decor!
Show us your DIY costumes and home decor items found at Goodwill! Tag @giveit2goodwill on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for a chance to be featured.
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