Halloween DIY: Kitten

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 26, 2016


Outside of the famed pumpkin, and perhaps candy corn, trick-or-treaters, witches and ghosts, there may not be anything more synonymous with Halloween than a black cat. A favorite for the young and old, it’s hard to go wrong with dressing up as a cat or kitten for Halloween.

The costume is perfect for children, makeup application is easy and straightforward and all you really need outside of the makeup is some black clothing, ears and a tail which you can find at your local Goodwill.

Here is what you’ll need for your Halloween kitten costume:

  • Black and white makeup
  • Black shirt
  • Black shirt
  • White leggings
  • Sparkly shoes
  • Kitten ears

The kitten costume is perfect for a mom or dad who need a costume for their child in a short amount of time. The ears with the makeup will complete the look and make for a cute and easy costume this Halloween, and your son or daughter will be meowing around town while scoring loads of candy, which is purrrfect. 

Don't forget to enter your costume into our annual Goodwill Costume Contest

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Halloween DIY: Prince

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 25, 2016


We lost an iconic music legend this year with the passing of Prince, but for all those who grew up listening to his music during the 1970s and 80s, here’s your opportunity to pay homage to the legend.

Odds are you won’t sell more than 100 million records, win seven Grammys or get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But for one night, you can have it all—or at least you can pretend.

So turn on and crank up your Purple Rain album and have fun transforming into Prince or the Artist Formerly Known As Prince or any one of the artist’s many pseudonyms. The makeup needed to pull of Prince isn’t too challenging, but you will need several accessories.

Here is a list of what you’ll need.

  • Black afro wig
  • White collared undershirt
  • Loud, colorful trench-coat type jacket
  • Bell-bottom pants
  • Dancing shoes
  • Makeup or face paint

Take your time with the face makeup. Prince is a larger-than-life icon, and getting the face right will help set off the rest of the costume. Watch the makeup video above for some tips. 

And don't forget to enter our annual Costume Contest

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Halloween DIY: Zombie

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 24, 2016


We know the feeling. It’s a week or even days before Halloween, you have a big party to go to, want to impress but don’t have a costume.

Don’t despair. Go with arguably the most versatile Halloween costume in existence—a zombie.

The great thing about dressing up as a zombie is all you need is the makeup to complete the zombie look. You can use whatever is in your closet or swing by a Seattle Goodwill store and buy some clothes you don’t mind destroying.

For our Zombie-woman look, here is what you’ll need:

  • Makeup or face paint
  • Fake blood
  • Lace shirt with some added tears
  • Skirt
  • Shoes
  • Leggings (add rips)

While wearing the right makeup will transform normal you into brain-eating, blood-thirsty-zombie you, another key to a strong zombie costume is what you do with your clothes. Take a pair of scissors and let out some anger on your shirt and pants, making random cuts all over. Also, try giving your clothes a dirty, worn look by scrubbing shoe polish on your clothing. Then you have a standout costume for Halloween night. See the video above for makeup tips.

Don't forget to enter our annual Goodwill Costume Contest!

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5 trendy Halloween costumes for 2016, plus tips

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 23, 2016

We all know Goodwill is Halloween headquarters—the go-to spot to construct the perfect costume. Between used goods, our new goods, vintage clothing and accessories, creative limits are obsolete at our 24 Seattle Goodwill store locations.

Since Halloween is always on our mind, we enlisted the help of Salvage Ecommerce Coordinator and resident Halloween costume expert Gary Foy for design tips and ideas of what costumes will be trending this October holiday season.

Here are a few of Gary’s top costume picks and some ideas on how to bring them to life:

  1. Anything political: It’s an election year. The 45th President of the United States will be ushered into office Nov. 8. That means more than a week before on Oct. 31 Hillary Clintons and Donald Trumps will be out in full force Halloween night—and even some Bernie Sanders supporters.

Costume tip: For Hillary, match her mask with a nice pants suit and a costume jewelry necklace with large earrings. For Donald, match his mask with a navy blue suit with a crisp, white T-shirt and that token red Donald tie.

  1. Pokémon: Dressing up as your favorite Pokémon or Pokémon trainer will never be so popular, thanks in large part to the Pokémon Go craze.

Costume tip: Head over to our Tupperware section, buy two small bowls and fasten them together for the base of your Poké ball.

  1. Surreal animal: Looking to go outside-the-box? Surreal animal looks could be a popular choice this Halloween. Think the movie Zootopia, but instead of going full animal in clothes, incorporate an animal-human mashup.

Costume tip: Find some horns or antlers or make some yourself. To completely contradict the animal feel, dress up in a three-piece suit or a nice dress.

  1. Realistic superhero: There’s been no short of superhero movies this year: Batman v Superman, Captain America Civil War, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, etc. While Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn will surely inspire Halloween costumes, there’s nothing better than going completely original.

Costume tip: Take what’s unique about your region and implement that into a superhero. Seattle, for example, could lend itself to creating Super Seattle Cyclist or a gardening-fish thrower mashup. Have fun with it and be creative.

  1. Apocalyptic Steampunk: There’s nothing new about dressing up in steampunk garb for Halloween, but mixing in an apocalyptic theme adds a new twist.

Costume tip: Look up images from Mad Max Fury Road for some good ideas. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for a reason. Mix apocalyptic and steampunk. Think black, shredded with late 1800s technology. Wear a monocle and fasten some gears to it. Add a top heat, or use some antennas for accessories.

Picking the right costume is half the battle. Once you’ve decided, then it’s time to unleash your creativity, and Gary offered several tips he always follows when assembling costumes at Seattle Goodwill.

  1. Dress from head to toe: Don’t focus only on the middle, top or bottom. Start with the top and work your way all the way down to your feet. Think of headwear, face paint, torso to chest and shoulders, pants down to ankles and finally footwear. And don’t forget to accessorize all the way through.
  2. Used and new: Seattle Goodwill stores provide the ultimate playground for dressing up, but Halloween-purchased new goods afford customers the ability to 100 percent complete their look. It’s all about hitting the entire store and using everything Goodwill offers.
  3. Have fun: Halloween is about getting creative and having fun. If you relax and have fun with creating your costume, the better it will turn out. Go with a group of friends to Goodwill and help each other find the right items to design your costumes.
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Glitter Sale 2016: A shoe for every season!

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
October 22, 2016

A shoe for every season!

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” - Marilyn Monroe

Find the perfect shoe at Seattle Goodwill’s Annual Glitter Sale where you can shop the latest trends and best brands in shoes, sandals, boots, and more. Designer brands include Manolo Blahnik, Kate Spade, UGG®, Coach and more – see previews below!

You can follow Seattle Goodwill’s Facebook page or blog for more details and previews of some of the items for sale on November 5 and 6.

Stella McCartneyJohn FluevogTory BurchFerragamoKate SpadeManolo BlahnikUGGPrada


Photos by Bret Doss.

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