The BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest won’t stay dead, nor should it! Because it’s that time a year again when you need to start thinking “Halloween costume” and “Goodwill” in the same sentence!
Goodwill is an awesome place to shop for Halloween costumes. Are you someone who likes to dream up some creative outfit and enjoys the hunt for just the right pieces? We have nineteen stores around town where you can find those costume ingredients. Or are you someone who just wants a quick and easy costume so you’re not the person dressed up as “suburbanite” or “adult” at the Halloween party? We’ve got plenty of more traditional costumes too! And no matter which camp you fall into, your costume purchases at Goodwill stores help put people to work — and they can win you some treats.
We want to see what you’ve come up with by shopping at our stores, so it’s time show off your costume and win prizes in the process — by entering the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!
1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2015, e-mail a photo of yourself in a costume you either purchased or assembled from items purchased at an Omaha area Goodwill to [email protected].
Updated: This years contest will be based on Facebook likes. Please visit the Boo!dwill 2015 Facebook Album and like your favorite costume. Only “likes” will determine our winner, shares and comments are not needed in order to win..
2. In the email, tell us your name, how to contact you, and at which store(s) you bought your costume.
That’s it! We’ll be sharing the entries as we receive them on our Facebook wall. On Wednesday, November 11, the voting will close, and the top three will all receive Goodwill gift certificates ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd)!
If you have any questions, post them here in the comments or send us an e-mail at [email protected]. And if you’d like some inspiration, check out last year’s finalists or television coverage of some of our Halloween offerings:
Parents. It’s not easy, quick, or cheap to piece together a homemade Halloween costume for your kids. While you might think of Goodwill for these types of costumes, we always have a wide selection of ready-to-wear choices as well.
Our Southwestern store (at 144th and Hillsdale) recently came into a large amount of never worn, pre-packaged costumed for kids. These costumes are on the scary side, a zombie prisoner, for example, but could be great for a more daring youngster. Other costumes, like the glow-in-the-dark skeleton be fun and safe for Halloween night. These packaged costumes were all only $7.99.
There were TONS of costumes at the Southwestern store this week. From Ninja Turtles to Alice in Wonderland – thrift stores have any costume you could want, at a fraction of the price! Stop in at Southwestern or any Goodwill before Halloween to get your costume on without breaking the bank.
Goodwill is excited to be one of the sponsors for this Saturday’s Indie Run, put on by the Benson-Ames Alliance. The Indie is raising funds for improvements at Benson and Fontenelle Parks. The course, which starts and ends in downtown Benson, will be a tough one, with lots of hills throughout.
In addition to sponsoring the race, Goodwill wants to help you look your best while getting your run on. I stopped by our Southwestern Plaza store (144th and old L street) to find some good looking threads to sport while running on Saturday morning.
There were so many offerings for the ladies, I barely knew where to start.
Whether you want to run in pants or shorts, there were dozens of great options. We have full-length and capri length pants, along with a variety of short options. These, from brands like Nike and Adidas, were only $3.59 each.
There was a wide variety of athletic tops too, including all sorts of materials, colors and prints in the tank top section. All would be super comfy on race day, for only $1.99. If you’re not a tank top person, the store had a variety of athletic tees, like the orange one pictured above – only $3.59! I also picked out two sweatshirts, one from Eddie Bauer ($5.49) and the other Nike brand (3.59), to keep warm (and stylish) in the morning.
On to the men’s section!
For guys, varieties of pants and shorts in all colors were everywhere! These shorts in a cool shade of red will show off your independent spirit in the race, for only $3.59. For something more classic, gray Nike pants ($3.59) will pair will with this moisture-wicking Nebraska long-sleeve tee, for $5.99.
Maybe the most important item for race day, Goodwill has a wide variety of running shoes in great condition.
For men or women, in brands like Nike, Reebok, Adidas and Puma, these shoes will help you avoid unwanted blisters and other race-day hazards, for only $5.99-$7.99! That’s a steal for these name brands!
Get your gear and get racing! To find out more about the Indie Run and the Benson-Ames Alliance, visit http://theindieomaha.org/! See you all on Saturday and happy hunting!