Goodwill offers do-it-yourself Halloween costume trends

Staff Report

This year, Halloween experts forecast more creative do-it-yourself (DIY) attire and many more adult Halloween parties — primarily because of the holiday’s alignment with a weekend. Many people are moving away from packaged costumes and going with the DIY one-of-a-kind costumes. Goodwill is an ideal place to put together these original costumes.

DIY advice …

What people will find at Goodwill is a lot of DIY Halloween costumes. Customers can pick up a base costume and accessorize it for a custom look to become anything they want to be. People want to be original and stand out. They are beginning to realize there is an opportunity to go into Goodwill and pick up a vintage dress or a men’s suit, pants, etc., and pair these base pieces with accessories and create a unique one-of-a-kind costume. Goodwill is beginning to expand its product line to include accessories. Customers can shop at Goodwill and can pick up the neon or fashion wigs from the different eras as well as the jewelry, the earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all the stuff that goes along with what completes the outfit — everything from boas and garters. It’s all about build-it-yourself costumes.

Best advice on selecting a costume

• Wait until a few weeks before Halloween, because news and current events affect what adults wear. An example of this was last Halloween’s Miley Cyrus twerking outfit — which became popular in the last month.

• A vast majority of people tend to go online for ideas. You can browse great DIY costumes on Goodwill’s website by visiting

• Monitor media and entertainment, using books, movies, and TV. Use your imagination. After all, this is all about fantasy.

Goodwill stores in northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Algonquin) and Beloit, Wisconsin, employ more than 400 people. Visit their website at

Posted Oct. 7, 2014

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