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October 13, 2011

Lifestyle & Design Blogger, Shanika Pichey on the Style Spooktacular Costume Contest

Our guest writer on The Good Life Blog for this week is Shanika Pichey, publisher of the lifestyle & design blog, Life is Pichey. Mrs. Pichey is also the organizer of the Midlands’ “I Heart Thrifting” group shopping events, which focus on treasure hunting at choice re-used merchandise stores like Goodwill!

Before you assume I’m talking about Christmas, reel back for a moment. My gleeful attitude is due to Halloween! Halloween is my absolute most favorite holiday. If you’ve ever been to Goodwill, you know that it’s an incredible place for clothing, home items, and craft projects, but it’s an especially huge resource for Halloween costume ideas, costumes and materials. This year, Goodwill is launching their first-ever Style Spooktacular costume contest!


Simply buy your costume materials at any Goodwill retail store or clearance center, then take a picture of your costume and upload it to the Facebook contest page, here:, between October 24 – November 8, 2011. Then vote to choose the winner of an Apple iPad!

Where can you wear your fabulous “upcycled” Halloween costume after you’ve uploaded your photo to Goodwill’s Style Spooktacular contest page

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC is having a giant Halloween Night costume party on Monday, October 31 that is already the talk of the cultural scene! Prizes will be awarded for Best Group Costume, Best Concept Art Costume, Best Individual Costume, and Best Non-Sexy Costume!

Local celebrity judges include Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin, 701 CCA Board Chair Wim Roefs, USC Art Dept. Chair Brad Collins, News Editor Eva Moore of the Free Times, Life & Style writer Otis Taylor of The State, The Shop Tart, designer Annabelle Laroque, Morihiko of the SC Philharmonic, and more! The party benefits 701 CCA, the nonprofit contemporary art center on the 2nd floor of historic 701 Whaley.

There will also be two photo portrait booths to document your amazing Goodwill costume, sponsored by Sid + Nancy and Greenhaven Preserve, plus a Food Truck Food Court in the parking lot, a horror film screening by The Nickelodeon, a “ghost story salon” upstairs by Jasper Magazine, and decor installations by some of Columbia’s most creative visual artists. So excited!
Be Original – Be Brilliant


This year, I am going as a Hippie. I know it’s not the most innovative costume choice, but I am a Hippie at heart, and I want to celebrate that fact this year for Halloween. This is the image I have been obsessing over for a few months:


To find the items I need to achieve this look, I decided to head to one of my favorite places, Goodwill.

To make the Goodwill trip even more fun, I was accompanied by some friends, Jernell and Candace (they helped “model” some of the pieces). I don’t want to recreate this image to a “T” but rather be inspired by it. Here are a few pieces I found:

I got everything but the hat. I did love the feathers on it, but I wanted it to be wider and floppier. 

Even though I found the base of my costume, the fun didn’t stop! We found some more pieces that would work for different ideas:

If that sparkly number (bottom left) were a few sizes smaller, 
I would have snatched up that bad boy for a night out on the town!

The turquoise suit (middle) leaves me asking the infamous question, “Who shot JR?”

Creativity + Imagination + Goodwill = Your next Halloween costume!!

No more spending a crazy amount of money on something you will only wear once! Get thrifty. Not spendy!

After you’ve procured all your items from Goodwill to make your rockin’ Halloween costume, be  sure to head to Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina’s Facebook Page to “Like” them, and enter their super cool Style Spooktacular costume photo contest, here:

Happy Shopping!!