SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – A survey released this week by the National Retail Federation predicts that consumers will be more cautious this year, spending about $6.9 billion on Halloween costumes, decor and related goods, down from $7.4 billion in 2014. But Goodwill Manasota invites members of the community to shop for Halloween costumes and decor at its retail stores for a fraction of the price, while enjoying unique finds and keeping donated goods from area landfills.
This year, Goodwill has created a month-long campaign to inspire Halloween creativity and assist those who are having difficulty finding just the right costume. Beginning October 3, Goodwill team members at all primary retail stores will dress up (they will be in costume from 10-11am each Saturday) and they’ll help customers all month long to create one-of-a-kind outfits. Each week there will be a different theme:
• October 3: Princess/Fairytale
• October 10: Vampire/ Steampunk
• October 17: Occupational (firefighter, doctor, nurse, police, etc.)
• October 24: Pirate/Gypsy
While Halloween stores offer costumes, many are mass-produced with significantly marked-up prices. Goodwill offers affordable options for anyone to create one-of-a-kind outfits without breaking the bank. With items in every shape, size, and color — and from various eras — shoppers are almost guaranteed they won’t run into anyone wearing the exact same costume. Shoppers can also enjoy a special treat with a 50% off sale for Halloween on Sunday, October 25.
“Goodwill is a one-stop shop for costumes for the entire family. Not only is the whole process of shopping and creating costumes fun, it supports our mission of changing lives through the power of work,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Revenues from your Halloween costume purchase fund our job training and career services for people with barriers to employment – and those funds stay local.”
According to the National Retail Federation survey, the average person celebrating Halloween will spend approximately $74.34 (as opposed to $77.52 last year), and those planning to buy decorations will spend just over $20.
“We have looked at the survey released by the National Retail Federation and we are confident that people can find great Halloween outfits and home décor for significantly less than they would have to spend for new goods,” said Veronica Brandon Miller, Goodwill Manasota’s Foundation vice president. “Our team members have consistently been able to put together unique outfits – with all the accessories – for costs closer to the $25 to $30 mark. We also see how much fun friends and family members have searching for great finds together!”
For more information, and to find the most convenient Goodwill retail location, go to www.experiencegoodwill.org.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.