Halloween costume options at Goodwill

Staff Report

When it comes to finding your ideal Halloween costume, Goodwill stores offer unlimited possibilities for the budget conscious.

With the economy still in recovery mode, why pay full price for a costume when you can find the materials to create your own for a fraction of the price?

While Halloween stores offer costumes, many are mass-produced with marked-up prices. Goodwill offers affordable options for anyone to create one-of-a-kind outfits without breaking the bank.

With items in every shape, size and color — and from various eras — you can rest assured you will not run into anyone wearing the exact same costume.

With a little creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, anyone can find an ideal costume for less at Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. The nine Goodwill stores located in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin are full of everything you need this Halloween.

Shannon Halverson, PR/marketing manager of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois, explained: “Goodwill is a one-stop shop for costumes for the entire family. Not only is the whole process of shopping and creating costumes fun, it helps our community members. Revenues from your Halloween costume purchase fund Goodwill’s job training and career services for people in the stateline area.”

Shopping at Goodwill helps the community. In 2011 alone, Goodwill store revenues helped deliver employment and training programs to almost 5,000 area citizens.

People are looking for value when they shop for Halloween, and they are concerned about high unemployment rates in their communities. Goodwill helps solve both of these concerns by providing affordable Halloween costume options, which in turn help Goodwill fulfill its mission of helping people in need reach their full potential through education and the power of work.

Area Goodwill stores include the following:

Rockford — 4618 E. State St., (815) 484-9294;

Machesney Park — 8010 N. Second St., Machesney Park, Ill., (815) 639-4963;

DeKalb — 1037 S. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, Ill., (815) 756-4200;

Sterling — 2216 E. Fourth St., Sterling, Ill., (815) 625-1740;

Freeport — 2030 W. Galena Ave., Freeport, Ill., (815) 232-7642;

Beloit, Wis. — 2543 Prairie Ave., Beloit, Wis., (608) 299-0072;

Ottawa, Ill. — 501 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa, Ill., (815) 434-4680;

McHenry, Ill. — 2006 N. Richmond Road, McHenry, Ill., (815) 385-3160; and

Huntley, Ill. — 11900 Kreutzer Road, Huntley, Ill., (847) 669-9338.

Visit www.goodwillni.org.

From the Oct. 10-16, 2012, issue

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