Halloween as a season

The holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. It is only September, but people are already gearing up for Halloween. Whether they are actually kids or just kids at heart, people all over are beginning to decorate their houses and put their costumes together. Businesses are even getting involved with all types of Halloween theming. In order to help you and your family prepare for the season, we have put together a quick primer for navigating the build-up to Halloween.


Terrifying Things to Do

No Halloween season is complete without visiting a haunted attraction or two. This is the time of year where you can find plenty of haunted houses, spooky trails, and ghastly corn mazes. Depending on your age, they can be a great way to spend time with the kids, bond with your friends and family, or find some solo scares. Make sure to keep in mind that not all attractions are appropriate for all ages. Outside of dedicated Halloween attractions, there are plenty of other themed things to do. Most amusement parks, zoos, and other places will decorate for Halloween and hold special events. 


Distressing Decorations

Aside from trick-or-treating and costumes, a major fixture in the Halloween season is the decorations. Whether it is seeing other people’s decorations or putting them up yourself, Halloween decorations really help you get into the spirit of the season. There are plenty of great decoration ideas on the Goodwill Pinterest page you can browse for inspiration. If you are not looking to spend a lot of money on decorations, there are plenty of online DIY guides to look at. Another affordable option is your local Goodwill. Decorations come in year-round, so check in and find some great decorations for amazing prices!


Cadaverous Costumes

Halloween costumes have come to be the cornerstone of Halloween. A lot of emphasis has been placed on preparing a costume for parties and trick-or-treating. Some people put a little bit of effort into Halloween costumes, and others can go all-out on costume prep. There are plenty of ways to find good Halloween costumes. We recommend skipping the store-bought costumes and putting one together. One of the best ways to do so is by putting together a costume from things you find while thrift shopping. Not only is this more affordable, but you can get more creative with it. The Goodwill Pinterest page has several ideas, and our Halloween Headquarters should provide you plenty of inspiration for a thrifty costume.


Aside from all of the creepy celebrations, Halloween is also a great chance to donate any gently-used clothing and items you may not need. Not only will you be opening up space in your home, but you will be providing people with more options to put together their own haunting Halloween costumes and put up devilish decorations. Your gift to Goodwill of Southern New England will go to a good cause, so consider donating today.