One costume idea
from Goodwill is a leg lamp from “A Christmas Story”. Use a
large lampshade with fabric from a gold tablecloth. Add
black fringe to the bottom. Velcro holds it together in the
back and black ribbon straps keep it in place. Add fish net
stockings and high heels.
WAUKESHA- Bright orange pumpkins and gray
cardboard tombstones are starting to pop up in yards. Pretty
soon a mass of vampires, princesses and cowboys will be
ringing doorbells. It is time to start thinking about
Halloween costumes before the monster mayhem begins. From
zombies to cartoon characters, it is fun for people to dress
The downside of costume shopping is sifting through
racks of costumes at crowded chain stores. Another frightening sight
is wearing a T-shirt that says “this is my costume” in mortifying
You don’t need to
break the bank to look good
“Imagination is the only that thing that curbs what
you can do. You can find inexpensive costumes by using your
imagination,” said Cheryl Lightholder, communications manager at
Instead of buying the same Superman costume as
everyone else, why not make your own? A pizza pan as a shield,
balloons as muscles and a pillowcase as a cape can transform someone
into a super-strength crime fighter.
Lightholder said Goodwill tries to give people
thoughts and ideas for items found in the stores. They encourage
people to think what something could be.
Lightholder found a big watch with a round face years
ago. She suddenly thought of the white rabbit from “Alice in
Wonderland.” She bought a hat, vest and jacket from Goodwill. She
found pink lining to make ears and white gloves.
popular trend is pet costumes that can be
incorporated into a group. Here a Pug wears a
“Minions” costume from
Goodwill has content online to help
people with money saving decor costumes, tips and party
“Do it yourself (DIY) is a big trend right now,
people are energized by it,” she said.
The home décor expert for Goodwill used a tomato
plant stand and connected lights to it to resemble a Christmas tree.
The same stand was used with a long blond wig and a hat to make
Cousin It from “The Addams Family”.
Lightholder doesn’t think people have to pay tons of
money to create a statement piece. She has observed younger kids
coming in to find their own look thus breaking out of the cookie
Some may assume ugly Christmas sweater season is when
places like Goodwill see an increase in sales. “Halloween is our
Christmas. The month of October typically sees a 15-20 percent
increase in sales over any other month,” Lightholder said.
Once Halloween is done people can donate costumes or
other items. Any donation helps with Goodwill’s mission, which is to
provide training and employment support services for people with
disabilities and disadvantages.
“People continue to buy from us and help out the
community,” Lightholder said.
A cool costume is
a click away
Costumes are not solely used for Halloween. “Adults,
kids and groups use costumes for adult parties, mud runs, pub
crawls, masquerade balls or any opportunity to dress up,” said Holly
Botsford, public relations and social media manager of BuySeasons,
Under the umbrella of buyseasons.com are
which has a large clientele of mothers with young children, and
sees more adults as customers.
“This year, characters from shows and movies such as
“Star Wars” and “Inside Out’s” character of Disgust are popular,”
said Botsford. A trend has been “Minions,” which makes an excellent
group costume including pet costumes that correlate with them.
A benefit to buying a costume online is the
convenience. “Customers purchase costumes of great value and high
quality. It is delivered right to you,” Botsford said. The website
has resources to help costumers figure how to add their own personal
touches such as hair, makeup or accessories.
No matter if a person makes his or her own costume or
buys it online, Halloween is all about fantasy. She said it provides
someone an opportunity to explore different avenues of who they are.
“They can try out different personalities that they
haven’t explored before. They have permission to go into that
world,” said Botsford.