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Why You Should Thrift Shop for Your DIY Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner, and with this spooky time of year come cobwebs, creepy crawlers, classic horror tales and all of the magic of the holiday. Some of us live for the fear factor this season brings. Others are all about having the most inventive costume. If you fall into the latter camp, there's still time for you to put together a fun and creative DIY Halloween costume that won’t break the bank. In fact, your local thrift store is a convenient and cost-effective resource for gathering what you need for that quick and easy Frankenstein or Dracula getup.

Finding the Right Pieces

So how can shopping at a thrift store be your ticket to crafting a Halloween costume that will have all your friends raving? Just imagine the possibilities when you pick up a plain white or black t-shirt from Goodwill or other thrift stores. A simple orange-colored garment with a gently used brown hat and green scarf will turn your child into an adorable little pumpkin. Or a white button-down shirt and black trench coat with the collar turned up are winning elements for a classic vampire costume.

If you get clothing from a thrift store you also have more flexibility with how you use it to put your Halloween costume together. You can put a few rips in your shirt to paint a picture of a classic Halloween monster without having to worry about ruining quality fabric. Another pro tip: a simple homemade mixture that includes such common items as corn syrup and red food dye is all you need to give the illusion of blood running down the front of your shirt. Nothing screams zombie like fake blood and tattered clothing. 

Costumes Ideas

Interested in the savings but coming up short on ideas? Don’t sweat it! You can browse the web for hundreds of simple ideas from others who have done the heavy lifting. Log on to sites like Pinterest and you’ll even get a play-by-play sharing what items to use and how to put the costume together, then make a quick run to the thrift store with your shopping list and you’re well on your way to a fun-filled and memorable Halloween.

Or you can stay parked in front of your home computer and complete your shopping experience by purchasing what you need through an online thrift store. Keep in mind that prices do run a little higher compared to the brick-and-mortar establishments. Be sure to also leave some extra time for shipping to avoid having your package arrive the day after Halloween. 

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