Retailers see creative costumes in down economy

It’s not over until it’s over.

Halloween garb still available for last-minute shoppers.

It’s not over until it’s over.

“We keep putting Hal-loween stuff out,” said Seattle Goodwill spokesman David Sandler.

October is Goodwill’s busiest month of the year with people looking for cheap Halloween costumes and decorations.

“In this economy, who can afford to spend a lot of money on a costume?” Sandler said. “It’s going to be less expensive than buying something new.”

The Silverdale and Bremerton Goodwill stores have had costume consultants on hand every weekend to help customers create Halloween costumes using clothing and items for sale inside the stores.

“These consultants know where things are in the stores and can help put together looks,” Sandler said. “There’s plenty of good stuff to be found and it changes every day.”

Sandler said he’s seen a variety of costumes come from Goodwill stores and, with such a large selection of goods, there’s no telling what consultants and customers can come up with.

“You can be extremely creative,” he said. “By browsing the racks, you can create a really unique outfit.”

Pacific Northwest Cos-tume on Riddell Road in Bremerton has ready-made costumes, makeup, shoes and anything else one would need to complete a Halloween look.

“We have professional theatrical makeup and knowledgeable people who can answer your questions,” said owner Annetta Knight. “We’re a costume shop all year long. We don’t just have a costume aisle.”

Costume consultants will be available 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Goodwill stores.

Pacific Northwest Costume is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

“I’m sure we’ll be here until probably 8 o’clock though,” Knight said.