Skip to main content

Create Your Own Halloween Costume From Items You Can Find At The LISTEN Thrift Store

Oct 21, 2020 12:01PM ● By Virginia Dean
As if Halloween weren’t one of the most creative holidays already, this year, there are even more ways to have fun and celebrate with family and friends while staying safe from high-risk exposure to COVID-19. Whether hosting a virtual costume party, decorating and carving pumpkins, making spooky and gooey treats, or going wild with home decorations, one thing is for sure: kids love to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes, and where better to find them but the LISTEN Thrift Store in White River Junction, VT, Lebanon, NH, or Canaan, NH.

“Our kid shoppers usually have a set character in mind that they want to be for Halloween,” explained Retail Director Karen Stone. “For the children, it’s a treasure hunt to find that costume. And, as we all know, here at the LISTEN Thrift Store, our items are mostly one of a kind, so it’s fun to see the kids’ faces once they find that specific costume that they’re looking for.”

Stone said for the adults; creativity comes into play with some looking for vintage costumes and others wanting to create them. Some examples include Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan and his shadow.

LISTEN saves Halloween-themed merchandise all year for its annual sale in September, said Cody Jekubovich, Lebanon Store Manager. The day before the first day of the sale, the White River Junction and Canaan, NH stores are transformed into a “winter wonderland,” Stone added. The store in Lebanon isn’t closed, but its seasonal section is prepped for the holiday a week beforehand, and the staff is dressed up in costumes on the first day of the Halloween sale.

The location is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday. The Canaan and White River Junction stores are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also seven days a week. The White River Junction furniture store is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are accepted at all locations 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to noon.  There are still a wide variety of costumes, including wigs, hats, and masks for adults and children, Stone indicated.

“People come to shop here because of our one of a kind items, unique finds, and lower prices,” she said. “They like to shop at LISTEN because it keeps things out of the landfill and because they know that we’re a non-profit organization and that our revenues go back to the community through our programs such as heating helpers, housing helpers, summer camp, holiday baskets, food pantry, and community dinners.”

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Image's free newsletter to catch every headline