Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

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Hello my fellow Goodwill shoppers! October is just around the corner! This month, I decided to shop the stores for some DIY Halloween costumes that would be fun, cost-effective and easy to make at home.

First up, a “Pumpkin Pi” costume (!) Ba-dum-ching! The great part about this costume was that it cost me less than $8.00 to put together. I started with a x-large bright orange t-shirt, also $1.99. I found a large green t-shirt for $1.99 that I would end up using for 2 costume idea. I bought a king size white bed sheet for $1.99. I cut off the sleeves of the orange tee to make it fit more like a tank top, used a sharpie to add pumpkin lines and the “pi” sign, then filled the bottom of the shirt with the bed sheets to create the pumpkin shape. I tucked the bottom of the orange tee into some black jeggings to keep the pumpkin in place. To finish the look, I cut out a stem and some leaves for a hat.

My next costume is another clever pun! With just a few materials, I became “French Toast” I started with a pair of black jeggings from the GAP – which work for this costume but also for everyday wear. Next, I found a black and white horizontal stripe shirt to help add to the “French” flair, then added a fuchsia beret to finish off the “Frenchiness.” I created a piece of toast, complete with a melting piece of butter, out of construction paper and stuck it to the front of the t-shirt to complete the pun. And for the cherry on top, I gave myself a little curly mustache – just because it felt so French!

My last look was an attempt at a fun couple’s costume idea. My husband has been a fan of the Guess Who game since childhood, so I searched for the right pieces to become some of the characters from the game. With a little work, I created a Guess Who frame for each of us. For Caleb’s outfit, I just needed an orange hat and a pair of sunglasses (which we removed the lenses from.) For mine, I used what was left of  the large green t-shirt to create a green beret.

Don’t be afraid to use your imagination when you’re hunting for the perfect costume this October! There’s so much to find at your local Goodwill!

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. 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