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Halloween Costume Inspiration from Goodwill!

by Carolann Verrioli

Halloween is only a few weeks away! Still need your Halloween costume? Look no further than your nearest Goodwill! Our stores not only have so many secondhand options for your DIY costume, but our New Goods section has accessories, Halloween makeup, wigs, and more! Plus, you can feel good about shopping knowing that 90 cents of every dollar you spend goes toward our community programs: 211/LIFE LINE, 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, Good Neighbor, and GVE.

A few of our Thriftfluencers shared their Halloween thrifting experiences. Check out their awesome Halloween thrift finds! 


Thriftfluencer Kristen Nielsen as Dwight Schrute from The Office


Kristen in Goodwill thrifting for the perfect Dwight Schrute costume!

My office opted to do an "Office" theme this year for Halloween. I jumped on the opportunity to be Dwight Schrute, as I knew I had the perfect glasses, and that I could easily find the other pieces at Goodwill. Before going to the stores, I googled some inspiration. I found several posts (and even costumes available for purchase) with the makings of Dwight identified. I knew I could do better, and more sustainably and for less money. Here is what I was looking for: 

  • Men's trousers
  • Some sort of tan/brown men's blazer
  • A mustard yellow or beige/brown button up shirt
  • A tie with tans, browns, or mustard yellows in it (I was looking for stripes, plaid, or a very 90's pattern)

I shopped at the Canandaigua and Victor stores. At the Canandaigua store, I was excited to find a really nice pair of men's trousers. I have actually been on the hunt for those to wear normally but hadn't found the right fitting pair. I finally did, and for $1 on dollar Sunday! I then found the blazer, button-up shirt, and tie, all from the same brand (Jos A Bank) at the Victor Goodwill! All are in great shape and matched the look I was going for perfectly. My total costume cost around $10! I plan to wear both the blazer and pants after Halloween, styled up with my everyday looks.

Dwight Schrute inspo
... and the final look!


Thriftfluencer Tierra Koch finds the perfect Elsa costume for her daughter!


Tierra's daughter in her adorable Elsa costume!

We love shopping at Goodwill all year round, but you know why I like thrifting around Halloween? All the good costumes! My 2-year-old is so indecisive about what she wants to be for trick or treating. Instead of spending $50+ on a costume just for her not wear it, we check to see what Goodwill has. Fairy costumes, literally any princess imaginable, pirates, skeletons- you name it, they've got it! For all ages too! Babies, toddlers, kids, teens, and adults. Dogs, too! Arya found this Elsa costume, practically in brand new condition for $6! A steal compared to what it could have been. We also love to stock up on costumes to wear for playtime!