Last-Minute Costume Ideas with Goodwill

Halloween is less than a week away and many of you are gearing up for weekend parties, so for this Thrifty Thursday, Liz Morgan with Goodwill of North Florida is here to give us some great last-minute ideas from the thrift.

Shopping for a Halloween costume doesn’t have to be frightening for your bank account. Goodwill® stores carry everything you need to make your Halloween fantastic, without breaking your budget.

If you want to stand out for being smart and creative, Goodwill is a great option. Goodwill stores across the country have organized Halloween sections that include costumes as well as decorations. Prices vary, but it’s completely possible to get a head-to-toe costume for less than $20. And some stores even have brand new costumes, still in the package.

Today Liz has brought along Nat Jordan, long-time thrifter and Goodwill Ambassador with her thrifted Halloween find, along with the Lee family. Let’s start with your costume, Nat.

Nat – Steam Punk Costume

-Went in with open mind, no costume in particular, found these pieces

Lee Family – Costumes

Carolyn Lee -Little Red Riding Hood

Sr. Chief Lee – Big Bad Wolf

Camille Lee, age 9 – Daisy Duck

Kynsley Lee, age 7 = Cat-A-Corn (unicorn cat, she made it up herself)

Evereigh, age 1 – Minnie Mouse

Here are a few steps to a thrifted Halloween:

Build Around A Standout Piece.

Start with whatever jumps out to you the most and then construct a Halloween costume around that piece. You may find your starter piece in the Halloween costume section, but be sure to circulate the entire store to find the rest of the outfit. You can even make a day of it and hit up more than one Goodwill store for more variety. You’ll now this piece when you see it, like Nat did.

Color Scream Theme.

If you’d rather keep it really simple, shop by color. Goodwill is organized by color, so this is a great way to shop for newbies. For example – start with the red dresses and end up with Little Red Riding Hood, the flamenco dancer emoji, etc. A simple black dress can go a variety of different ways, A white gown can be worn as either an angel or a ghost,

Make It A Creative Outing.

Kids are naturally creative, so give them space to unleash that creativity in the aisles at Goodwill. You might be surprised what they come up with all their own – like a “Cat-A-Corn” – the combo cat and unicorn one of our little models came up with.

Hive Mind. Shop with a group of your most creative friends – often times a fresh set of eyes can see things you can’t, and vice versa.

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