Get Creative With Your Costume at Goodwill

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Hello all! Boy, Fall is just lovely isn’t it? Crisp clean air, apples and pumpkins everywhere, and lots of fun fall parties! If you’re looking for the perfect costume, but don’t want to spend too much on it, you HAVE to start at Goodwill! Seriously, if you’ve never tried putting a costume together at your local Goodwill – it is SO much fun! And SO easy!

This month, I shopped straight from the racks to show you just how simple it is to put together great costumes this fall.


For my first look, I went classic Midwest with a cowgirl costume. I found a black and white checkered, button-down collared shirt, and paired it with a pair of jeans and boots. Next I went to the scarf section (most of which are a dollar or less) and found a bright yellow scarf to tie around my neck like a kerchief. I added a kid’s toy cowboy hat, and put my hair in pigtails and bows, and the look was complete! The entire look cost me about $15 – and I can wear the boots and jeans outside of costume season too!


Next, I went for a comfy scrubs look. Almost every Goodwill I’ve been to has a great selection of scrubs to shop. Usually they are with the sweats and workout gear. The one’s I bought for this costume even still had their tags on them. Once I found the shirt and pants I wanted, I just added a pair of tennis shoes, stole some of my daughters play doctor gear, and the look was complete! This one cost me less than $10!

60’s Girl

You can’t go wrong with a 60’s girl for Halloween! And the great thing about Goodwill is you can usually find some awesome vintage stuff at killer prices. I found this great floral, floor length double-knit dress, then found a scarf headband that matched it perfectly. The dress and scarf came to a total of just $7! I added a few accessories from home, and the look was complete!


For the final look, I wanted to try and re-create a look from Ghostbusters. It was easy to find a khaki work shirt and khaki pants for the basic part of the outfit, then I paired those with a pair of work boots and aviator glasses. To finish the look, I found some iron-on reflective tape at Walmart, and tried to copy the look of the Ghostbusters as I applied it. Next, I stole some of my son’s toy guns, copped an attitude, and the look was complete! With the reflective tape, this look cost me a little under $20.

These are just a few examples of the hundreds you could come up with! So before you drop $40 or more on a costume this year – start at Goodwill! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

by Michelle Loss

Michelle is a Goodwill guest contributor, writing monthly fashion articles and modeling her thrifted finds. In addition, she is a local TV personality and former Miss Kansas. She also has her own YouTube channel, Chic on the Cheap. As a third generation thrifter, Michelle grew up shopping at Goodwill. She loves finding deals on clothes and accessories for her family of six or upcycling home decor items.