Let’s talk about a DIY Halloween Costume. If you are anything like me the thought of a DIY Halloween Costume is scary! I do not have a single crafty or creative bone when it comes to this sort of thing. You see, for all my kid’s lives, we have done costume kits from box stores. One year, we made Kylie a zombie bride. This year may be a little different. Thank you, WA Goodwill, for sponsoring this post and for hosting us for a fun day.
This year is a total game changer for this Halloween, thanks to Goodwill. You see, Goodwill of Olympics and Rainier Region have spent the last three years finding ways to perfect their Halloween experiences for people like me. They have come out with so many tools to help plan out the perfect Halloween costume for you or the kids!
Did you know that you can go to Goodwill in the Olympics and Rainier Region and meet up with a costume expert?! If you don’t want to meet up with an expert, they also have a look book that you can go through for ideas for the perfect costume!
I had no idea that Halloween was and is the largest seasonal retail funding time for Goodwill to put towards their $9 million in free education programs and services. This is in the form of career and job training that serves about 8,500 unemployed in the region each year! This is one of the times of year that non-thrift store shoppers hit Goodwill as well! However, even though 82% of households shop for Halloween, only 38% of them have visited thrift stores!
I was able to have my girlfriend, Jen, go with me, and if you haven’t gone thrift store shopping with a girlfriend, you need to! I don’t think I have laughed this hard in a long time and we had a blast making up our costumes. We were paired up with a costume expert, Travis, who helped us build our outfits–80’s workout girls! With no pre-planning, he had us decked out in under an hour. Now, if we had thought ahead, we could have used some of our gear at home to make this for even less, but the shopping was fun! If you know you have something at home, be sure to tell them, there’s no need to re-buy.
So, you may think what I thought,”Um, a whole used costume, even hair pieces?!” I loved that they had brand new tights, legwarmers, snap bracelets, and hair accessories, meaning no one else had owned them before! We did gather up some used items to tie the whole outfit together!!
Now, we went into the dressing room with a cartful of clothes to try on and quickly settled on what we wanted. (Pretty sure Travis was thankful we didn’t send him running too much for new choices). It was fun to see what we talked about, come together.
I think we pulled off our whole look and we had a blast! We did take a pair of scissors to each of our sweatshirts to make them more 80’s retro!
It was fun to see what the other bloggers at the event came up with for their costumes as well! Plus, we were able to meet, Honey, who is the founder of Chai Pyala (You can see her page -> here) and a graduate of the culinary program! She went on to start her own business here in the Pacific Northwest!
You can head on over -> here to see all of Goodwill’s specials and events! Right now, they are offering a discount coupon to Maris’s Farms as well!
Have you ever thrift stored a costume before?? What Halloween plans do you have for this year?