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PITTSBURGH, October 13, 2015 – Goodwill is your Halloween Headquarters and is the perfect place to create your own DIY costume.  Be your own monster this Halloween and enter Goodwill’s 4th annual Halloween Costume Photo Contest for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card. 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania invites shoppers at its 31 stores throughout the region to use their imaginations to create Halloween costumes from the treasures they find at Goodwill. Send in a photo of your creation and you could win a $250 Visa gift card in the fourth annual Goodwill Halloween Costume Photo Contest.

Here’s how it works: Participants should create a Halloween costume from clothing and other items found at Goodwill stores. Goodwill’s new Halloween costumes and accessories are also eligible for entry in the contest. Next, take a photo of yourself (or your spouse or kids) wearing a Goodwill-inspired costume and submit it on Goodwill’s Facebook page ( Contestants can submit as many photos as they would like until Sunday, November 1.
Voting for the best costume begins on Monday, November 2 and ends on Thursday, November 5. A Goodwill panel of judges will select three winners from the ten photo submissions that receive the most votes.

The grand prize winner will receive a $250 Visa gift card. The second place winner will receive a $50 Goodwill SWPA gift card, and third place will receive a $25 Goodwill SWPA gift card. Winners will be announced on Friday, November 6. To enter, or for official contest rules, please visit

For those needing some help finding the perfect costume, for the first time Goodwill is providing Costume Concierges to help shoppers create their look. Costume Concierge services are available at select stores, every Saturday in October, from 12:00 p.m. through 6:00 pm.


About Goodwill SWPA

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals. 

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