Halloween Costume Ideas from Goodwill

By: Jeanette Scott


Are you or your kids dressing up for Halloween this year? Then you're going to love today's guest post. Whitney Hopper from Goodwill of Central Florida shares 35 ideas for costumes you can easily find at Goodwill, and on a tight budget.

"When it comes to finding your ideal Halloween costume, Goodwill® stores offer unlimited possibilities for the budget conscious," Hopper said. "With the economy still in recovery mode, why pay full price for a costume when you can find the materials to create your own for a fraction of the price?

"With items in every shape, size, and color — and from various eras — you can rest assured you will not run into anyone wearing the exact same costume. The nearly 2,700 Goodwill stores across the United States and Canada are full of everything you need this Halloween," Hopper said. 

Here are 35 ideas for Halloween costumes that can be found at Goodwill®:

1. Princess or Beauty Queen: Find a full skirt, an old bridesmaid dress or evening gown or even an old wedding dress. Finish the look with a tiara and make a sash out of ribbon. 

2. A Bag of Jelly Beans: Find a clear plastic bag. Step into the bag and make holes for your legs and arms. Fill the bag with different color balloons and use a flashy scarf to tie around the top of the bag. You could also place a sign that says "Jelly Beans: 25 Cents" on the front of the bag. 

3. Crayon: Find a solid-color sweat suit; if you find a color you like but it has images or writing on it, simply wear it inside out. Use puffy paint or magic marker to print the word "Crayon" in large black letters down the length of your body. Create a pointed hat out of construction paper that matches your sweat suit. You can even paint your face the same color. Consider making different color outfits to go as a box of crayons with friends or family. 

4. Charlie Brown: Wear a yellow T-shirt and draw or sew on the zig-zag pattern; wear it with black shorts and brown shoes.

5. Traffic Light: Start with a black sweat suit. Cut three circles of red, yellow and green fabric or felt. Glue or sew the circles onto your outfit. 

6. Skunk: Wear black sweats and glue or sew a white strip of fabric or fake fur to your back.

7. Harry Potter: Find a simple black robe and wizard hat. Accessorize with round glasses and a wooden wand. Remember to draw Harry’s scar on your forehead.  

8. Disco King/Queen: Channel the disco era by finding gently used 70's tops, bell bottom pants and platform shoes.
9. Flower Power Hippie: Find 70’s hippie floral shirts and skirts,
10. Witch: Find black pants, shirt or dress. You may even find a witch's hat and broom that someone donated to the store. 
11. Elvis: Find a red button-down shirt and a pair of black or white bell bottom pants. You can even go to a craft store and buy jewels to glue onto the pants.
12. Greek god or goddess: Pick up a white sheet, some artificial leaves to put on your head and a pair of flip flops. You can spray paint the flip flops gold for some added punch.   
13. School nerd: Find a pair of tight jeans and roll up the pants legs. Pair them with a white shirt, pocket protector and heavy-rimmed glasses. 
14. Ghost: Head to the linens to find a white sheet and cut a hole for your eyes. 
15. 60’s mod hipster: Wear a bright geometric prints dress/outfit and go-go boots.
16. Grapevine: Start with a bright body suit and leotard. Then blow up purple balloons and attach them to yourself with double-sided tape. For added security use garbage bag ties to affix balloons to tape.
17. Betty Rubble: Take a blue fitted sun dress and cut the hem so it looks jagged. Wear a black wig done "Betty Style" with a bow or bone at top. Glue a small rock or bone to the top of the halter dress.
18. Bam-Bam: Find leopard skin fabric and cut out a diaper size piece big enough to fit around your waist securely. Cut a ragged edge at the bottom of this material. Use the rest of the material to make a leopard sash to drape across chest. Attach the two pieces with a plastic dog bone, using glue. Complete the outfit by carrying around a wooden bat.  
19. Rosie the Riveter: Wear a blue button-down or denim shirt with a red scarf over your hair. Pose for photos while flexing an arm muscle.
20. Vampire: Wear black pants, a white buttondown shirt and a cape. Find white and red makeup to put on your face.  
21. Holiday gift: Put holes into a box for your arms. Wrap the box in holiday wrapping paper and a big bow. 
22. Farmer: Find overalls, a plaid shirt and a wide brim hat. Carry a garden tool like a plastic rake or shovel.  
23. Bob the Builder: Wear denim overalls and a plaid shirt. Find a tool belt and yellow hard hat to complete the look.
24. Scarecrow: Wear denim overalls and a plaid shirt. Accessorize with a wide brim hat and pieces of straw or straw ribbon.   
25. Cowboy: Wear jeans, plaid shirt, vest, bandana and hat.
26. Rockstar: Wear a hip jacket (fake snakeskin is good) with boots and accessorize with a guitar.  
27. Funky bride: Find a vintage wedding dress and accessorize with a feather boa and and other hip touches. 
28. Slasher bride: Wear a vintage wedding dress and splatter red paint to simulate blood.  
29. Tourist: Wear shorts and a Hawaiian or tropical shirt. Accessorize with camera, sunglasses and a map.
30. Detective: Find a gently used trench coat at Goodwill. Wear with a fedora and sunglasses and carry a magnifying glass. 
31. Candy cane: Wear a white or red sweat suit. Paint either white or red diagonal stripes. 
32. Where’s Waldo: Pick up a red or white T-shirt at Goodwill and color in the stripes with a marker. Wear jeans, brown shoes and accessorize with a red and white beanie.
33. Giraffe: Wear a tan sweat suit and cut out spot shapes in brown fabric or felt. Sew or glue the spots onto the sweat suit. Remember to attach giraffe ears and horns onto the hood. 
34. Bee: Find a black or yellow shirt and pants. Cut stripes out of felt or fabric. Glue or sew stripes onto the shirt and pants. Create antennas out of pipe cleaners and attach to a black beanie. 
35. Doctor: Wear a lab coat or scrubs and accessorize with a stethoscope. 

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