Have a green halloween: Recycle costumes


Photo: Taylor Hilsabeck/Iowa State Daily

Students pose as a tourist couple in costumes from Goodwill.

Taylor Hilsabeck

Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween costume, but don’t want to spend your money on a high-priced ensemble you will only wear once? Students are discovering inexpensive and recyclable options at Goodwill located near campus on 3718 Lincoln Way.

Robyn White, retail director at Goodwill Industries, said with the seasons changing, October is one of the busiest times of the year for Goodwill. Many students are stocking up on low-cost, recycled apparel, including Halloween costumes.

Choosing to shop at Goodwill is not only saving you cash, it allows you to create a one-of-a-kind costume that is sure to be a hit. Just browsing the racks, one can envision endless possibilities: ’80s wear, hot hippie, Lady Gaga, zombie, cowboy/girl, the list goes on. Or, if you would rather sport a traditional costume this fall, Goodwill also has a selection of recycled costumes, as well as props, such as masks, wigs, assortments of hats, jackets and jewelry to spice up any outfit.

Seniors Paige Bolton, Paige Hotopp and Tanner Davis are three students who selected environmentally friendly costumes this year. “After spending only a few minutes exploring the store for ideas, I came up with so many options, it became almost hard to narrow them down,” said Bolton, senior in family and consumer sciences education and studies. “But it was also a fun time spent with friends and dressing up, plus it felt good to save money.”

If anyone is under the wire needing a costume, Goodwill is extending its hours until 8 p.m. on Saturday.