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October 20, 2011

Halloween on a Budget

Today, our guest blogger is USC Fashion Board member Meredith Feingold, who is a senior Fashion Merchandising major and works for the University of South Carolina’s Sustainability team through the USC Outdoor Recreation Program. Last year, she was Philanthropy Chair of her sorority, which means getting creative with event planning on a budget! 

Halloween on a Budget

I’ve got exciting news…today is my first experience as a guest blogger (cue oooohhhs and aahhhhhs). I’m blogging for Goodwill because they are having a pretty neat online Halloween Costume contest that you should check out…the Style Spooktacular on Facebook!

You just get your costume supplies at Goodwill, then upload a picture of your costume between October 24, 2011 and November 8, 2011 to the Goodwill contest app on Facebook. A winner will be chosen to receive an Apple iPad!

If you’re thinking of entering, check out the contest info on Facebook:

Did you know that Halloween is less than 2 weeks away? From the bottom of my Halloween-spirited heart, I truly hope you have started to consider what you’ll be wearing, whether you’re going out trick-or-treating or attending a super spooky Halloween party (keep reading to see where I’ll be spending my Halloween night!)

As a Halloween baby, (my birthday is on the 26th) I have always jumped into the Halloween spirit the second the calendar turned to October. Having a costume party was a must, but having the most creative Halloween costume was really all that mattered.  After all, what’s a birthday princess without her homemade crown and light-up wand?

Over the years, I’ve made many creative costumes including a picnic table, Candy Dots, a stop light that lit up, a peacock, and a butterfly to name just a few.

But they’ve always been homemade, never bought. That’s the key to having a Halloween on a budget.

Now that I’m in college and my pockets seem to always be penniless, a Halloween on a budget is key. With my penniless pockets (well actually $10), I headed to the Goodwill Clearance Center in West Columbia, SC, where everything is just over $1 per pound. (1/2 off on Sundays! Woohoo!) Searching I went, no idea what costumes I would come out with.

As I dug deep into the bins and bins of clothes, my crafty brain started tweaking with excitement and ideas….

Costume #1

Far-out Frenzy

I spotted this tie-dye dress amidst the piles of clothes and instantly knew it was a winner.  What I didn’t know is that I actually might wear this as a non costume piece for the summer! The dress shouts “Use me as hippie costume,” so I had to grab it.

While searching, I also came across a sunhat that had braided detailing around the base.  I knew by simply removing it I could turn it into a groovy headband! Add a quick face-painted peace sign and swirls, and I was off on a blast from the past!

Costume #2

Serious ’80s workout time.

You can never go wrong channeling your inner ’80s workout gal or busting out your MC Hammer dance moves. It started when my eyes met a turquoise leotard and took off from there…I’ll be honest, I might’ve broken a sweat during my Goodwill hunt. Good thing I had my new ’80s workout gear to help me through the sweat.

Costume #3

Cowboys and Indians

The classic Cowboys vs. Indians costume was very simple to create once I got inspired by the cowgirl-like dress and the Indian-embroidered shirt I found. If you want the most bang for your buck, I bet the cowgirl dress could double as a Raggedy Ann dress! Boom.

In total I spent around $5. Not too shabby.

So now that you’ve got a Halloween costume, all you need is a Halloween party to attend. Well you’re in my luck my friends, because the awesome 701 Center for Contemporary Art at historic 701 Whaley is putting on the Halloween event to top all Halloween events.

So what’s going to be there?…
  • A fun, informal costume contest with judges like Mayor Steve Benjamin and The Shop Tart, with prizes for Best Group Costume, Best Concept Art Costume, Best Non-Sexy Costume, and Best Individual Costume! The perfect place to wear your Goodwill score and share your creativity with the fun-loving Columbia, SC arts community!
  • Uncommon local food at the Food Truck Food Court  (party ticket not required to eat at FTFC in the 701 Whaley parking lot!)
  • Free Pop-Up Studio photo portraits sponsored by Sid & Nancy, Greenhaven Preserve and Forrest Clonts Studio
  • Candid photos by Thomas Hammond Photography
  • Jasper Magazine Ghost Story Salon upstairs w/candles + local literati
  • Kitschy horror film, Troll 2, screened on loop by The Nickelodeon Theatre
  • The SC Biennial Exhibition, Part 1, upstairs in the 701 CCA gallery
  • Decor pieces by acclaimed artists like Kara Gunter, Michaela Pilar Brown, & more!
If that doesn’t sound like a ghoulishly good time, I don’t know what does!  Get your discount advance tickets soon because they’re going fast. Buy presale tickets and find all the event details here: 
Meanwhile, don’t forget to enter Goodwill’s Style Spooktacular costume contest on Facebook, starting Monday, October 24, to win an iPad!

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