Manny Archibald

I love Halloween – LOVE it! I always have. As a kid, it was all about candy but as an adult, it is one of the most creative times of the year. For me, I see it as a challenge. What can I do this year that’s original, interesting and of course, affordable?!

Ever since I started working for Goodwill over five years ago, I have had had a blast with Halloween. Goodwill is truly your “Halloween Headquarters.” It lends itself very well to getting your creative juices flowing. You might walk into a store one day and see a little trinket, or a movie, or a book and BAM! Your Halloween vision is as clear as day.

Picking out something to be is often the easiest part. For me, I just look at some of my favorite characters from film and literature and do my best to reinterpret them. Then the real fun begins – the search for just the right pieces that will come together in what could be “your best idea ever.”

Last year I think I did well (you tell me based on these pictures!). I was Scott Howard AKA Teen Wolf. Almost all of my costume came from Goodwill. The pants ($4.99), the tie ($1.99), the shoes ($7.99), the teeth ($0.98), the hair for my face and hands ($1.99) and that sweet, sweet mullet wig ($2.99). The jacket was my grandfathers and I already owned the collared shirt (but originally bought it at Goodwill for $4.99). All in all, the only thing I bought from a costume shop new face paint and the Spirit Glue to keep the hair on my face.

A pretty sweet costume, if I do say so myself, all for less than $40. The best part is that I got to do it all while supporting my community through purchasing a majority of my costume at my local Goodwill stores. Now I encourage you to get out there and see what you can do. Have a fun, safe, and happy Halloween!

Manny Archibald is the Human Resources Coordinator at Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.


Tickets are now available for this year’s Ghoulwill Ball in Manchester, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine!