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By COLIN KASPER Staff Writer Thousands of brand new Halloween costumes, accessories and a nearly endless selection of thrifty costumes and clothes are available at Value Village. And besides nifty costumes, sales help generate funds for research into cerebral palsy. Every donation dropped off at the storefronts, benefits the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy regardless of whether it can be sold. Sometimes items don’t meet their resale criteria due to rips or stains. It doesn’t matter because the non-profit partners, the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy as well as the Canadian Diabetes Association, will receive funds as Value Village contributes proceeds based on the weight. Everything on the sales floor is commonly assumed by the public as being free to Value Village, but the organization has paid for every item. “We have our own line of costumes, called Alterego, you can only find that at Value Village or SaversStores because we’re owned by the Savers Corporation,” says Miranda Mason, the front-end supervisor at Value Village. “Our most popular costume this year would be Frozen’s Elsa and Anna. We, of course ran out of those costumes first week.” Mason also adds, “We’ve actually been making costumes using bed/bath curtains, prom dresses and other things like that. We hire people for the season just to stay crafty and create unique costumes for people.” The costumes were put out at the end of August to the beginning of September, which, including the summer, makes it the busiest time of the year. The staff dress up every day and greet children that are dressed up. If a child is dressed as Superman, the child will be addressed as Superman, and will be welcomed to the store as any hero is! Value Village is in Niagara Falls at 6278 Lundy’s Lane.