If a mysterious Airstream trailer pops up near the Goodwill in Westminster this weekend, don’t ignore the feeling that there may be something spooky inside.

Or silly, or simple, or scary, or sparkly.


From 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley will host a Halloween shopping event at the 200 Baltimore Blvd. location to help guests find costumes and decorations at the start of the fall season.

The 1950s Airstream will contain a pop-up shop of Halloween items and a “lookbook” of inspiration for costumes that can be created using secondhand pieces. Guests can take pictures of their creations in the photo booth.

Kids can also create free do-it-yourself trick-or-treat buckets.

Halloween costumes, as well as a section of new items like wigs, makeup and other accessories, has been on display for about a week.

Store manager Tammy Goodfellow said Halloween is one of the biggest seasons for Goodwill employees. “It’s like our Christmas,” she said.

She said it can make it more fun for kids when store employees are dressed up, so “we try to have them dress as often as possible without pushing them to do something they feel uncomfortable about. I feel like when people are in shopping for stuff like that, they’re in a good mood anyway because it’s a fun time of year.”

The Town of Sykesville and Downtown Sykesville Connection have agreed to change the date for Halloween on Main Street from Oct. 31 to the Saturday beforehand. 

Theresa Blair was shopping Wednesday morning with her daughter and grandchildren, who had a day off school. Blair knew there would be Halloween costumes in the store, but she wanted it to be a surprise for the kids when they got there.

“They don’t know what to be yet, so the excitement’s just started,” she said.

The kids go trick-or-treating every year, and said they were thinking about costumes like a “killer clown” and “Jason,” the hockey-mask-wearing boogeyman of “Friday the 13th.”

“We shop here instead of going to like Walmart or the mall,” Blair said. “I’ve actually got all my grandchildren all their furniture here.”

“Goodwill is the Halloween destination for people who want to be fashionable and environmentally conscious while styling themselves in one-of-a-kind costumes that are sure to impress,” said Amy Lyons, director of marketing for Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, which serves Carroll and Frederick counties.

She highlighted the fact that Goodwill stores provide employment placement programs and job training opportunities.

“Goodwill provides services to anyone facing challenges to finding employment, including veterans and military families, youth and young adults, older workers, people with disabilities and disadvantages, and those who need education or work experience,” she said.

Last year, Goodwill provided more than 14,000 services to individuals in Frederick and Carroll counties, according to a prepared release.


And the items purchased from Goodwill are kept out of landfills, making them more sustainable.

“Shoppers are only limited by the extent of their imagination. For example, a white button-down shirt bought from Goodwill can become a pirate costume or a black dress can become a witch costume,” she said.

More information about this weekend’s event is available at www.goodwillmv.org or by searching Official GoodwillMV Halloween Event on Facebook.