Goodwill is looking for 'Ghost Hunters' this Halloween season

Community members can participate in spooktacular fun, enjoy discounts and create one-of-a-kind Halloween costumes for less at Goodwill

Published Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Goodwill Manasota Ghost HuntersSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota has become Halloween headquarters for community members seeking “spooktacular” deals on one-of-a-kind finds. This year, Goodwill will kick off its Halloween shopping season with a “Halloween Ghostbusters Ghost-hunting” contest on Saturday, September 10 at the Goodwill Bradenton Corporate Campus store (2715 51st Ave. E., Bradenton).

Each Saturday from noon to 1:00 p.m., through October 29, there will be local celebrity “Ghostbusters” at Goodwill Manasota stores to pose for photos with shoppers. Shoppers visiting Goodwill’s primary retail locations on the scheduled “Ghostbusters” Saturday at each location are encouraged to hunt for and take a photo of the “Slimer” ghost, then post their photo on Facebook, tagging Goodwill Manasota. Those who identify themselves as “Ghost Hunters” to cashiers will receive 10% off their purchase on that day.  Visit for the schedule of Goodwill Halloween Ghostbuster Ghost-hunting contest days and locations.

Consumers can make their budgets go further this Halloween by shopping at Goodwill. Shoppers can find everything they need — from one-of-a-kind costumes and vintage items to shoes, and a wide variety of accessories — to set their costumes apart from the crowd. Whether someone is looking for the perfect white shirt to complete a pirate or vampire costume, or a vintage ball gown to become a zombie princess or prom queen, Goodwill offers unique, gently used items that can help shoppers put together the perfect costume without breaking the bank.

 “Whether you already have a costume in mind or if you have no idea what to be for Halloween, Goodwill has you covered. You can browse the aisles and unleash your creativity at Goodwill to complete your one-of-a-kind look and even have our team members or local celebrity Ghostbusters help,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Veronica Brandon Miller. “Shopping at Goodwill is fun and the money you spend stays right here in the community. Your Goodwill purchase helps fund job placement and training programs for people looking for employment.”

Throughout the Halloween shopping season, costume consultants in bright orange vests will be available to help Goodwill shoppers put together the perfect Halloween costume. Community members can find great costumes while staying within budget. All the while, revenues from Halloween purchases fund job training programs and career services that help people find jobs, earn paychecks, and support their families and communities.

“Goodwill helped more than 961 people find jobs last year,” Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky said. “Shoppers can purchase a unique Halloween look for less and take pride in the positive impact of their Goodwill store purchase.”

To learn more about the Goodwill career services or to find your nearest Goodwill store or donation center, visit


PHOTO ID: Goodwill Manasota vice presidents Donn Githens and Veronica Brandon Miller ghost-hunting at Goodwill Manasota’s Corporate Campus store in Bradenton


About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit