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  • Putting Halloween creativity to work

    Local costume hunters find variety, bargains at Goodwill
  • WHITE CITY — Wyatt Rainey has known for weeks he wants to be a heavy-metal rocker for Halloween.
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  • WHITE CITY — Wyatt Rainey has known for weeks he wants to be a heavy-metal rocker for Halloween.
    Like his father, Mark, the Shady Cove Elementary School second-grader plays the drums, mimicking his father's patterns on his own trap set.
    On Saturday, Wyatt was one of hundreds of aspiring tricker-treaters and party-goers combing the White City Goodwill store's eclectic collection of costumes, odds and ends, seeking just the right look.
    After about 15 minutes of treasure hunting, Rainey was ready to rock.
    "We found it all," said Mark Rainey. "A little vest, rock-star boots, pants and the whole bit. It was great."
    A soldier last year, Wyatt thought "it would be cool" to be an upscale musician this year.
    From the onset of winter until the end of summer, Goodwill collects clothes, costumes and allied accents suitable for Halloween and stows them away in a nearby warehouse. Right after Labor Day, the 4-by-4-foot storage bins are unloaded and racks are filled.
    Saturday was among the busiest days of the year for this and other local Goodwill stores.
    "They might come in looking for a witch costume and then something jumps out at them," said store manager Kathy Ironsides, who has been with the company for 14 years. "People are so creative, finding things for costumes I wouldn't have thought about."
    Like many other shoppers, Bianca Clark was making a last-minute dash to find outfits.
    "My husband said, 'Go get something really quick,' " Clark said. "I was looking for scrubs or G.I. Joe stuff for my husband and something random for me."
    After taking Halloween off last year while she was carrying her now 7-month-old baby, Clark found a pair of medical scrubs for her husband, who was home baby-sitting, and a grass skirt for herself.
    "I'm going to be a hula girl this year," she said. "If you're looking for a specific costume like Spiderman, you can get that at another store, but Goodwill is the spot."
    After finding a lion outfit Friday for her infant grandson, Minda Clasen of Eagle Point brought her granddaughter Emmalee Clark to the store, looking for a long, white dress to go with a cape and hat she already had.
    "I want to be a good witch," said Emmalee, who was a black cat last year.
    Clasen keeps outfits for future costume needs.
    "It might come in handy next year," Clasen said. "I've got a sewing machine, and we can make adjustments."
    Some people adjust their ideas on the fly, others mix and match elements.
    Kim Wilson was looking for a duck-hunter outfit, because her dad is an avid "Duck Dynasty" viewer.
    "We were brainstorming for an idea," she said. "Dad runs a Minute Market, and they always do a big thing on Halloween.
    Her mom, Paige Smith, tagged along to see what her daughter would find.
    "I don't really get into it any more," Smith said. "I usually make the costumes, but I'm tired and don't have time, and Goodwill has all this."
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