October brings spooky fun to SK Goodwill, library

For any parent not blessed with the time nor ability to whip up a costume for their children this Halloween, the new Port Orchard Goodwill is offering some hands-on help.

Every Saturday this month, Seattle Goodwill stores — including the newest location at 1700 Mile Hill Drive — will have “Costume Consultants” available to help anyone searching for a few missing pieces of an ensemble, or an entire costume.

They will be at each store — including the Bremerton location at 4209 Wheaton Way — from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to assist anyone with finding the perfect costume.

“They will be there to help people come up with imaginative ways to express themselves,” said a representative for Goodwill, explaining that the consultants are employees who “are very familiar with what is in the store and what has come in recently” that might be used for a costume.

She said that the consultants will help both kids and adults, whether they know what they want to be or not. Above all, though, she said people are encouraged to “think outside the box.

“Become your own creation,” she said, explaining that instead of being a ghost or goblin, customers could easily transform into salt and pepper shakers, or a group could become the judges from American Idol or the last few Top Chef contestants.

In addition to the clothing, she said the stores have new items such as make-up, nail polish, wigs, and some packaged costumes for kids.

And for this Saturday only, Goodwill stores are hosting “Family Fun Celebrations” from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. that include the costume consultants along with prize drawings and giveaways, coloring and activities for children. Kids can also receive a free “Halloween Safety” gift.

For those who have the costumes handled and just want to take in a spooky story or movie, the Port Orchard Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library has several planned:

• Oct. 23, 6 p.m., the library will host the “Teen Book Posse,” the branch’s first teen book group. The discussion will be about “Twilight,” a book about teen vampires living in Forks. Copies are available in advance of the program at the checkout desk.

• Oct. 24, 4 p.m., Art-A-Palooza will feature the making of calaveras, or skeletons, in honor of the Mexican Day of the Dead. Recommended for ages 6-12.

• Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., “Things That Go Bump in the Night!” features storyteller Karen Haas telling gently scary to frightfully chilling tales designed for an “all-ages crowd.”

Halloween events will also be featured this month at the Manchester branch:

• Oct. 25, 7 p.m., local author Gregg Olsen, an Olalla resident, will be discussing his book about convicted Olalla murderer Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard, “Starvation Heights,” as well as his first novel, “A Wicked Snow.”

• Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., A Gentle Halloween will feature non-spooky stories, games, crafts and treats. This is a family-friendly event with costumes welcomed and adult supervision required for children.

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