DIY Goodwill Halloween Costumes

Are you planning to dress up with your family for Halloween this year? Even though this Halloween will be socially distant, there are still fun ways you can dress up and host a FaceTime or Zoom party with your family and friends and share your costumes with one another. This fall, I challenge you to try a fun virtual Halloween costume contest with your friends – head to your local Goodwill and thrift a look to surprise your friends with on Halloween night! You can even plan a fun Halloween photo shoot with your family in your own home with your costumes on to commemorate all hallows eve! 

This fall, Goodwill Tulsa asked me to visit their retail store, including their Halloween Zone to show you how you can create some fun and easy Halloween costumes this season. Plus, did you know when you shop at Goodwill Tulsa your purchases help provide training and job placement services to people who have challenges in finding work. Shopping at Goodwill Tulsa also has a direct impact on people, the community and the environment.

Check out the Goodwill Tulsa website to see what you can expect from them to ensure your shopping experience is safe this season, along with details on their upcoming sales and specials!

I am so excited to share with you the three Halloween costumes I created from both new and used items all found at Goodwill Tulsa for my son and I! Keep reading for some frightfully fun costume inspirations: 

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Spooky Good Style: Goodwill Tulsa Halloween Outfits

I love the month of October because I can wear a spooky inspired outfit EVERY DAY of the month (technically, you can wear a spooky inspired every day of the year – but there’s something even more magical about these outfits when the calendar reads October!).

The best way to create your spooky wardrobe is to thrift your entire look – that way you can save money, and still look spooktacular! I found LOTS of great ensembles thanks to Goodwill Tulsa this season.

I know that in this new world of COVID-19, shopping for second-hand items can seem scary, but Goodwill is keeping shoppers safe by quarantining all donated items before they are available for resale. Plus, when you shop at Goodwill, the sales support jobs, job training and job placement services that they provide. Your support of Goodwill Tulsa during this pandemic is providing GOOD things for many lives and the environment. Creating outfits this way allows you to reuse and recycle clothes that would otherwise go into the landfill.

Right now, shoppers at Goodwill Tulsa are required to wear a face mask and follow physical distancing guidelines. Their employees are also being screened for illness, wearing PPE, and disinfecting carts and high touch surfaces per CDC guidelines.

Want to see what spooky good looks I put together from my latest excursion to Goodwill Tulsa? Keep reading! These outfits are perfect for wearing to your October Zoom meetings or for sharing on social media as we celebrate Halloween “digitally” more than we ever have!

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DIY Goodwill Thrifted Spooky Halloween Plant Paintings

Sometimes the best creepy Halloween decorations are the ones that you make! There’s nothing like celebrating the season by creating something that is eclectic that cannot be bought at a big box retailer.

While thrifting at Goodwill Tulsa, I found some great paintings that can easily transform into a creepy and charming scary accent for my Halloween display! I hope this idea inspires you to find something used and make it new again for the season.

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Halloween Shopping 2020: Goodwill Industries Tulsa


I’m so excited to be partnering with Goodwill Industries Tulsa this fall for a series of Halloween blog posts. Goodwill reached out to me to ask if I would showcase some of the awesome Halloween items they have in stock in their Halloween Zone along with some ideas on how you can get creative with thrifted items to celebrate Halloween 2020! I hope you’ll enjoy these posts and today’s first post – a little shopping adventure for “GOOD”!  

I know that there is a lot of reluctance to shop during a pandemic, and even more so when it comes to shopping for secondhand items (did you know that Goodwill Tulsa also stocks NEW Halloween costume accessories so you can build an entire look without going anywhere else?!) – but it’s important to know that Goodwill is committed to keeping shoppers and employees safe during this time by:

  • Ensuring all donated goods are quarantined for 24 hours before heading to a retail store
  • Sanitizing all used shopping carts before reuse
  • Employees complete a health assessment each day upon arriving to work and wear PPE
  • Disinfecting all high-touch surfaces every two hours per CDC guidelines

Goodwill Tulsa does require shoppers to wear a mask while perusing the store and to follow 6-foot social distance markers at check-out and to be mindful of keeping a safe distance from other individuals while in the store.

I have always been a fan of shopping at Goodwill and for their mission and impact they have in my community. I’m always looking for ways to save money and remain stylish, find cool unique home décor, or look for DIY inspirations – while at the same time, making a difference. Goodwill supplies all of that – and more! 

Here in the Tulsa area, when you donate to Goodwill you are providing jobs for over 500 individuals who receive, transport, process, sort and sell merchandise at 11 retail locations and who work in other departments. Just last year, donations here in my home city also kept more than 17 million of materials out of landfills in 2019! That is a HUGE impact on our environment! 

But some folks do not realize that Goodwill Tulsa is much more than a thrift store – Goodwill also helps people find jobs through education and training programs. Goodwill Tulsa reinvests profits right back into the community by offering education, job training, job placement and case management services to individuals with disabilities or those facing other challenges to employment. There were 367 jobs filled in the Tulsa community from the Goodwill TulsaWorks Career Academy just last year.

I think it is incredible that they provide career services to those experiencing Barriers to employment in Tulsa including: 

  • Disability
  • Insufficient education
  • Low-income and/or underemployment
  • Homelessness
  • Reentering the workforce

When you support and donate to Goodwill Tulsa you are making a difference in someone’s life! Your support through donating, shopping and investing in their mission helps to provide unimaginable opportunities! 

Now that you know a little bit about Goodwill Tulsa, keep on reading to go on a shopping adventure with me at their Southwest Boulevard store for some scary good deals!

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Old Time Pottery: Halloween Front Porch

Happy first day of fall! I was ecstatic when my favorite home decor retailer, Old Time Pottery reached out to me to ask if I would show off some of their amazing products this fall!

They have some of the best Halloween and fall decor at great prices. Can you believe I was able to create an entire porch scene for $100?!

This year, I decorated my parents front porch because my flowerbeds and house is an absolute mess since I have a six week old infant, plus I had a vision for a rustic, jack-o-lantern filled scene which complemented the stone facade of their home.

Take a look at how I styled their porch and some of the festive decorations you can pick up at your local Old Time Pottery store this season!

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A Review of Hershey’s 2020 Halloween Candy

 

Some good news for 2020 – Hershey’s released some “new” Halloween candy! AND, you can find it on shelves now (I picked some up at my local Walgreen’s store).

Many of the new candies have familiar flavors with a spooky twist – which makes it more fun to eat in my opinion!

I tried the green marshmallow Witch’s Brew Kit-Kat  bars, the Cookies ‘n’ Creme Fangs and Reese’s Franken-Cups!

My thoughts on the candies are below…along with close up photos.

WARNING: prepare for a hunger for some tasty Halloween treats to set in while reading.

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Halloween Shopping 2020: Walgreens

I was working on this post the day before my son arrived! I had planned to get it posted on his birthday – but that day had much more exciting plans! I’ll share our birth story in a different post. 

I found myself visiting Walgreens to pick up photos for my son’s baby book that I was working on. I was pleasantly surprised to find Halloween on the shelves in early August during this quick visit that ultimately turned into a visit that required lots of Halloween candy that would accompany me home.

Although the display was sparse and shared an aisle with back-to-school supplies, it still was magical and full of fright! Keep scrolling to see their collection this year (which includes exclusive Nightmare Before Christmas items just for Walgreens!).

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Franken-Lime Pie

It’s the perfect Summerween pie: Franken-Lime! This citrusy, airy, creamy and light pie is a taste of summer with a spooky twist. My husband told me he looked more like Shrek than Frankenstein because I foolishly forgot his neck bolts, so don’t make the same mistake I did when you decorate and do Frankie proud by giving him some neck bolts!

I can’t say this is an actual key lime pie because I didn’t use key limes – just regular limes and lime juice but it can certainly be modified. Regardless, it’s delicious! It could be best described as a “lime custard pie”. Recipe below:

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Mask Up for Halloween Shopping 2020


Halloween shopping season 2020 is already a bit strange and unusual. If you ever wanted to enjoy the joy of the Halloween shopping season with real-life horror movie vibes, 2020 is the year that gave us just that.

I hope everyone is enjoying safe outings to their favorite retailers such at At Home, Old Time Pottery, JoAnn Fabric and Michael’s – all of which have already started spooking their shelves! There’s also safest Halloween shopping experience for all this year, which is shopping from your home on your phone or computer online (Target has already launched their line digitally!).

If you choose to go out to shop during this pandemic, I strongly encourage you to acquire a spooky Halloween face mask. Luckily, there are so many talented seamstresses, sewers, and designers out there that have created the perfect Halloween face masks for your spooky style.

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Halloween Shopping 2020: Old Time Pottery


It’s Halloween in July at my favorite home decor store, Old Time Pottery!  Halloween shopping certainly looks a lot different than it did last year, but I decided to mask up and take a peek inside my store (it was surprisingly not busy for a Sunday afternoon outing) while keeping my distance!

I was immediately greeted by walls and bins of pumpkins which made my heart soar! Spooky season is HERE! 

As I perused the fall and Halloween decor offerings this year, I did notice there were some items that looked familiar to me – some of them were in stock last Halloween. You can take a stroll down memory lane and compare the collection to last year’s in my 2019 Old Time Pottery Halloween Shopping blog post.

 I am not sure how much Halloween shopping I will be doing this year because I’ll be giving birth to my son in about 38 days (which is peak Halloween shopping season and decorating time!).

I’m glad I at least got to squeeze in a visit to OTP!  I hope you enjoy this early shopping trip and that it brings you some Halloween cheer if you’re unable to venture out during this scary time. 

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