The economy is slowly recovering, but people are still looking for ways to get the most value for their dollar. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $66.28 on Halloween costumes, candy and décor this year — up from last year’s $56.31 and close to 2008’s average of $66.54. The survey also found that people will be cautious about their Halloween spending and will try to save money where they can. Those families seeking affordable costumes and décor need to look no further than any one of the 36 Goodwill stores in northwest North Carolina.
“All you need is a little imagination to find the elements you need to create a unique costume at Goodwill,” said Jaymie Eichorn, Goodwill director of marketing. “Your purchases will help fund our training, career services and other community-based programs, which help people in our community find jobs and get back on their feet.”
Goodwill is well-established as the go-to place for costumes. Children can transform into superheroes, princesses or whatever else they may want to be for Halloween. There are also many opportunities for adults to join in the fun and get dressed up for the holiday. Here are ten easy and affordable ideas to build a costume at Goodwill:
Revenues from purchases at Goodwill stores fund programs for people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. Goodwill channels 90 percent of its revenues into employment programs that benefit over 40,000 people in northwest North Carolina each year. For more information on Goodwill’s services or to find the store nearest you, visit www.goodwillhalloween.org.