Halloween DIY: Frankenstein

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 29, 2016


A classic year after year, you can’t go wrong with an iconic Frankenstein costume.

Here’s a fun Frankenstein fact: Did you know the 8-foot monster with facial scars and bolts in his neck isn’t really named Frankenstein? In fact, the real Frankenstein—in author Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel—is the monster’s creator, Victor Frankenstein. The monster, who in the novel was addressed as creature, fiend, spectre, the demon, wretch, devil, thing, being, ogre and was never given a name. Over time, the creature became known as Frankenstein and is one of the most well-known monsters today.

Call him what you will. We’re going with Frankenstein, and you can easily dress up as Victor Frankenstein’s creation with our quick and easy hair and makeup DIY tips.

Here is what you need to bring Frankenstein to life:

  • All black sport coat
  • Dark blue undershirt
  • All black slacks
  • Black shoes
  • Neck bolts
  • Makeup or face paint

Finding all the clothes you need for your Frankenstein costume should be fairly easy, and it’s really the makeup that will make your monster stand out. 

And before you go out and frighten the villagers, be sure to snap a photo and enter our annual Goodwill Costume Contest

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Halloween DIY: David Bowie

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 28, 2016


As far as making a fashion statement, it doesn’t get much better than David Bowie. Known for his music, style and constant reinvention, bringing Bowie to life is fun and simple.

The music legend died earlier this year, but left behind quite a list of accomplishments. He sold an estimated 140 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Bowie received five platinum records in the U.S. and nine platinum album certifications in the U.K. He also was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Pay your respects to the late music legend by using our quick and easy DIY hair and makeup tips to transform yourself into the icon this Halloween.

Here’s what you need for the costume:

  • Flashy, loud button-up long-sleeved shirt
  • Even louder spandex pants
  • Red high heels
  • Makeup or face paint

What really makes this costume come to life is the hair and makeup. The pompadour hairstyle combined with the iconic lightning bolt face paint from Bowie’s 1973 Aladdin Sane album will make this costume easily recognizable. Watch the video above for some makeup tips.

Be sure to enter your David Bowie costume in our annual Goodwill Costume Contest! 

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Halloween DIY: Spock

by Andrew Lang, Seattle Goodwill
October 27, 2016


Calling all Trekkies, or alien lifeforms beaming down to earn this Halloween, here is an easy DIY hair and makeup tutorial that will get you VIP access to both the Starship Enterprise and that Halloween party you’re attending.

Star Trek has never faded from popular culture since Gene Roddenberry created the science fiction television series in 1966. The intergalactic adventures of Captain Kirk and Spok always have drawn a cult-like following, but the new set of feature films—especially last summer’s blockbuster Star Trek Beyond—make Star Trek costumes a big hit this Halloween.

Spok is one of Star Trek’s most recognizable characters, and you can easily transform yourself into him with pieces from Goodwill. All you need are these items:

  • Black undershirt
  • Blue long-sleeved, V-neck shirt
  • Black tight pants
  • Black boots
  • Gold bracelets
  • Shiny pin
  • Intergalactic-looking gun
  • Pointy ears
  • Makeup or face paint

Makeup is one of the simplest aspects of this costume so make sure to take time to get the hair right. Outside of his pointy ears, Spok is easy spot with that token semi-bowl cut hairdo. See video above for some tips.

Be sure to enter your costume in our annual Goodwill Costume Contest

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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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