Goodwill & Halloween- The Smart Choice.
05:14 PM, Monday, October 15
The National Retail Federation has predicted that 170 million people plan to celebrate Halloween this year.  That equates to 7 in 10 Americans will be looking for easy and affordable alternatives to purchasing their costumes and decorations new every year.    The average person will be spending $79.82 (on average) on those two categories and candy for trick-r-treaters; more than $7 more per person than 2011.  Total Halloween spending nationally is projected to reach $8 billion dollars.

Goodwill is ready for Halloween shoppers and urges San Diegans to head for the closest store right away. Goodwill has received hundreds of costumes, wigs, and decorative items as donations this year, and the quality of those items is higher than we’ve seen in the last few years.  Goodwill display merchandisers are seeing the items move from the display to the cash register quicker than in the past.  “We are keeping up with the demand at this point, but if I were looking, I’d come in every morning to see what new items appear” stated Jacky Brown, Director of Retail Operations.  Remember that each costume is a donation, and we have 17 stores for you to find that perfect winning outfit for 2012 including the new Ramona store that opened on 10.4.12. 


“All you need is a little imagination to create a unique costume at Goodwill,” said Sharon Corrigan, Director of Communications.   “Every item you donate and purchase creates jobs and paychecks for San Diegans and help fund job training programs for people with disabilities, and other barriers that prevented successful employment.”


Halloween is the perfect time to promote imagination and creativity in children and teens. It is also an affordable option for high school and college students and adults on a budget who want to get into the spirit, but don’t want to invest in an item they may wear only once in a lifetime.


The NRF survey tells us that nearly 1/3 of Halloween shoppers seek costume inspiration when they walk in a store- they are looking for help from the retailers and the staff at Goodwill are Halloween experts.


“Goodwill has it down to a science; they are the most obvious go-to place for creative and inexpensive costumes as well as the eco-friendly alternative to buying a brand new costume in a bag.  We have those too” added Jacky Brown.  “We have received never opened, pre-fabricated costumes, hats, wigs and masks and all sorts of accessories.  If you buy or donate to Goodwill, you are reusing and recycling at the same time and helping Goodwill create jobs in the community with every purchase”.  If you are looking for inspiration, look no further than our Facebook page at  There are a wealth of websites that can assist you in creating one-of-a-kind costumes, including the locally based


Goodwill Industries of San Diego County has been in operation continuously since 1930, and continues to provide training, employment services and jobs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. GISD operates 16 retail stores, 2 book stores, multiple on-line stores, and an outlet/aftermarket auction facility.  In addition, they accept donations at 16 free standing centers, have 7 community employment centers that offer assistance to job seekers and business free of charge (over 2,000 individuals each year) , 5 document destruction drop off sites (secure document imaging and destruction business), and  six free computer/electronic recycling centers.  Over the past few years, GISD has created hundreds of new jobs bringing the number of employees to just over 1,000.  Programs include Supported Employment (Individual and Group Placements), a two month paid training program, Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program, and a funded Youth program.  GISD is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors and paid professional staff.



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