Halloween is nearly here! It’s tempting to jump into the nearest big-box store and pick up a plastic-wrapped costume, but before you do, hear us out:

Why so serious? Halloween's affordable, sustainable, and a ton of fun when you hunt down your costume at Goodwill!

By shopping at Goodwill this Halloween, you are purchasing high-quality, affordable items and diverting them from landfills. The nearly 2,600 Goodwill stores in the United States and Canada have items donated by 74 million donors. This vast inventory includes anything you can imagine, from clothing in every color to apparel from different decades and accessories to transform an ordinary look into a fantastic costume.

Shopping at Goodwill is not just good for the planet. It also benefits people in local communities. Revenue from Goodwill stores fund job training programs and career and community-based services for people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. Your purchase helps people learn the skills they need to work in Goodwill stores and in growing fields outside of Goodwill such as healthcare, green industries and financial services.

So, now onto the fun: what do you think you’ll be this year? Goodwill International wrote a post a while back about 10 great DIY costumes you can easily find at Goodwill (not to mention all the pre-packaged costumes you’ll find on our racks, donated from Halloweens past). For even more spooky inspiration, Goodwill’s paired up with GreenHalloween, a website full of costume ideas.

If you have any thriftable costume ideas you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them: just post ’em in the comments below, tweet ’em to @NyNjGoodwill or share ’em via Facebook.

Happy Halloween, all!

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