Build-A-Scare at Goodwill This Halloween

For Goodwill of Orange County, the busiest shopping season of the year isn’t the retail extravaganza that is Black Friday – it happens much sooner: Halloween. Halloween has become such a big business for them, that sections within the stores devoted to all things Halloween have sprung up across all of their 22 retail locations. SoCal Locale contributor, Jen, attended a free media event to learn how Goodwill is the best kept secret for those on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume. From wigs and accessories to unforgettable getups, Goodwill is the ultimate Halloween emporium.

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

Hi friends! I know there are lots of places to get Halloween costumes, but have you thought about Goodwill? Goodwill of Orange County is the place to go – not only do they section off an area of stores with items that would be perfect to build Halloween costumes for the whole family (including pets!), but they also have a great selection of Halloween decorations to costume your house too!

I’m a sucker for thrift store fashions and Halloween is my favorite holiday. For all of you vintage mavens and horror fanatics, the Halloween costume section at Goodwill of Orange County is great to pick through for your new favorite item of clothing to wear all year. Trust me – it’s what I do! When I’m looking through the racks trying to build the perfect costume, it’s impossible for me not to see things that I could rotate into my wardrobe. I mean, how could I pass up that cool skull t-shirt or those black cat ears? Maybe that’s just me though. 😉

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

photo credit: Fely Phibbs

I stopped by one of the Goodwill of Orange County stores this week for a fun costume contest event! A group of us bloggers and influencers paired up in teams and competed against each other in costume contests using the Halloween racks in the store. The first contest was to build a classic costume but put a twist on it! My teammate, Fely from Le Fashion & Beauty dressed up for this one and we came up with a pirate on vacation. Conveniently, this year’s Halloween themes at Goodwill include pirates, superheroes, princesses, witches, and more so finding the right items was a snap. Oh and guess what…we won!

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

photo credit: Fely Phibbs

The second contest was to dress up as a superhero. People came up with some really fun costume ideas – even some made-up superheroes! My partner and I ended up dressing me up as a superhero mermaid, an underwater crime fighter, if you will. 😉 We had so much fun layering different textures and colors to create my mermaid superhero look. Oh, and did I mention that we did it all in 8 minutes?!

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

If we were able to pull together two costumes in about 15 minutes, imagine how easy it will be for you to do the same! Goodwill of Orange County also supplements the donated clothing with new, purchased items for Halloween including wigs, hats, masks, and more. Speaking of donated clothing, Goodwill also welcomes donations of any old costumes – bring in yours today – maybe you’ll walk out with another one!

Goodwill of Orange County is the O.C.’s largest non-profit. When you’re thinking of where to buy your Halloween costumes this year, remember that revenue from the purchase of Halloween items supports Goodwill’s job training and career services for the thousands of people Goodwill serves annually. That said, did you know that Halloween is the busiest shopping season of the year for Goodwill of Orange County?

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

So now that you know where you’re getting your Halloween costumes, what are you going to dress up as? Do you like classic costumes like ghosts or witches or are you into modern pop culture references? Let’s talk Halloween costumes!

Evil Lurks Within at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Evil Lurks Within

 

Looking for something to get into the Halloween spirit? Head over to Long Beach. The Queen Mary is hosting its annual haunted Dark Harbor event just in time for the Halloween season beginning October 2 through November 2. There are two new mazes this year, Soulmate and B340, plus a cool ghost tour on the ship called Encounters!

Graceful Gale

Graceful Gale was the belle of The Queen Mary in the 1930s. As a beautiful first class passenger Gale charmed her way across the ship’s dance floor regularly until mysteriously disappearing on her final passage in 1939. The new Soulmate maze will bring to life the haunted spirit of the frightful Graceful Gale. The story of Gale will unravel as her true spirit is revealed and those who dare will realize that Gale may not be as graceful as she appeared, but in fact is more monstrous than ever imagined..

Queen Mary Dark Harbor Nun

On a 1948 Atlantic voyage, third class Queen Mary passenger, Samuel, was locked away in room B340 after a violent outburst. After hours of isolation, crew found Samuel in his room, violently ripped apart. Murdered or self-induced suicide, no one knows. B340 is a new maze through Samuel the Savage’s schizophrenic journey of isolated decent into insanity. Samuel is on the loose, he’s dangerous and completely out of his mind. Through his maze you may lose your own mind and find it impossible to escape.

The Queen Mary Dark Harbor Neverland Ranch

The new Exclusive Encounters on board the Queen Mary will take a very limited number of thrill seekers on a terrifying top secret paranormal journey through the depths of the ship that have never been open to Dark Harbor guests before. Those who dare to voyage on an Encounter will be so brave they will have to sign their life away and hope that they return safely to land.

The Queen Mary Dark Harbor The Rhythm Coffin

The Monster Midway, Freakshow, Mechanical Monster, The Ringmaster and all of the terrifying spirits of the Queen will return for the horror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.

The Queen Mary Dark Harbor

The terror begins October 2 and runs for 20 haunted evenings through November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available.

Season passes are also an option for optimal adrenaline seekers.

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor/.