Throughout the year, Goodwill of Greater Washington processes millions of donations. Some end up on the shelves, some are recycled, and others are just, well, strange.

In the spirit of Halloween, we searched out some of the “tricks” our Goodwill donation centers have received…

1. Human Skull

How do you make a skeleton laugh? Tickle their funny bone! At our very own Goodwill of Greater Washington, a real human skull was found within a box of donations. *After examination, it was determined that this donation was likely from a Biology class. No foul play was involved.

*Image from – this is not the donated skull

2. Shark in a Jar

This unexplained and spooky donation was found at our Clinton, MD location.

3. Creepy Cats

A common sight, creepy cats can always be found on the shelves of Goodwill. This artwork is not exactly creepy, but it does stir up curiosity!

4. Quirky Lamps

Both were spotted at our Gaithersburg, MD, location; these lamps are conversation starters. We are scratching our heads at the combination bunny Jack O’ Lantern light fixture.

5. Is this couch comfy?

We receive some pretty unique couches at Goodwill, but this one takes the cake. Its practicality is questionable, but it sure does turn heads! This piece was seen at our Clinton, MD location. It was sold within a few days.

6. Don’t eat this!

I was met with intense curiosity and confusion when I found a vast assortment of fake vintage display foods at the

Goodwill in Gaithersburg, MD. At first, I wondered why Goodwill was selling real food in saran wrap, but upon further inspection, I quickly realized that it was all made of rubber.

7. Ahhh…..Kayak!

This isn’t spooky or scary… it’s just a once-in-a-lifetime Goodwill find! We don’t receive these donations often, but when we do, it quickly paddles off the shelves!

8. For Your Boo! 

Nothing will scare your boo more than a seemingly haunted stuffed bear from another era. The spooky face on this bear is far from romantic.

9. Could this doll come to life?

This doll, seen at our North Rockville, MD location, looks like it could cause some trouble, similar to the one in the recent film Megan. With empty eyes, comfortably seated on a rustic chair, this nameless porcelain pretty will be sure to keep you up all night out of fear that she will come to life.

10. Call your friends, let's go for a ride!

We haven't seen one of these vintage car phones in ages! With all things vintage going back in style, this Goodwill find might be the next must-have auto-accessory making waves on TikTok.

11. Classic Vintage Halloween

It’s no secret that Halloween is an excellent place for all-things-spooky season. Even vintage decor! These are less strange, more cute, and very BOO!

At Goodwill of Greater Washington, we do have some restrictions on what we will accept at our donation centers. You can see that list here. However, you will notice that neither weird, strange, or odd appears as criteria on that list.