The sight that greets people entering the Monroe Goodwill is not for the faint of heart. The pride of the employees who have collected items for it all year long from incoming donations, it is a very elaborate mad scientist’s lab, complete with hundreds of creepy items including a mini-fridge stocked with body parts, a slab with a skeleton shackled to it, and presiding over all, a full-sized mad scientist in a gas mask.
Goodwill has taken the role of Halloween headquarters in Monroe, offering a whole section of new Halloween costumes, and even a “costume consultant” to help people put disguises together in creative ways.
Costume consultant Tatianna Bouback each morning heads for the section of the store called the Boneyard to rummage through and see what new items might have come in.
As soon as Halloween shoppers come in, she’s going to want to know what’s there so she can help them find just the right costume.
“If they have no idea, that’s the most fun,” she said.
She tried to find out what the shopper likes, and find items to match.
For a 10-year-old girl who likes costumes that are both pretty and a little scary, she assembles black gossamer wings with a skull emblem on the back and pairs it with a pink and black dress with a flaring tutu.
A beaked and sequined mask completes the ensemble.
There are some vintage items, too.
Goodwill workers collect for the costume store all year round, said retail supervisor Michelle Sullivan.
“If we see an old-style shirt, we say, ‘Oh, that could be for a hippie costume,'” she said.