I’ve always been a HUGE Goodwill fan and just a thrift shopper, period. Most years I love to get creative on Halloween and I especially love group costumes. In this blog post, I wanted to share 5 steps to creating a family costume from Goodwill for under $30 – it’s so easy!
Here are some fun facts about your local Goodwill that will make you feel great about shopping there this holiday season.
- $.92 of every dollar goes back into the community.
- 1.9 million pounds of clothing diverted from landfill.
- 21 jobs at minimum wage were created for those with barriers to employment.
- We recycle clothes, electronics, paper, cardboard.
One year, Dusty, my friend Katie, and I went as superheroes – I got my sewing machine out and we had a blast making our costumes. Another year, we went as the Magic School Bus characters, and the year after that we were teammates from Legends of the Hidden Temple. This year, now that we have Rowan and he’s a little older and easier to dress, I wanted to do something fun and creative. I decided to check out our local Goodwill store to see what they had to help me out! Below are tips to creating the perfect family costume for Halloween this year. Goodwill has racks upon racks of costumes – some new, and some lightly worn and I love that it’s affordable.
Step 1) Set a budget. We had three people to dress so I went with a $30 budget, $10 per person. I knew Goodwill, of all places, could help me pull this off.
Step 3) Browse the internet, Pinterest, Instagram and find a few family costume ideas that seem attainable. Maybe you have a few of the items to make the costumes at home already and just need a few more pieces to wrap it all together, or perhaps it’s pretty basic and finding what you need won’t be difficult. But, my best advice is to have 2-3 ideas in mind and on your phone for shopping.
Step 4) Go shopping at Goodwill! Swing into Goodwill and start browsing. My best advice is to commit to the costume idea in which you can find the main pieces. i.e. if one costume needs a top hat – find a top hat first, if another costume needs a cape – find the cape…etc. whatever the key piece to each costume – find that first! This will ensure you can pull the costume off. Once you’ve found the key pieces, start putting together the rest of it.
Step 5) Once you’ve found the key pieces, start putting together the rest of it. Be flexible, don’t worry if the vest is brown instead of black, or the jacket is green instead of red. Allow yourself the creativity to think outside the box a little. The costumes don’t need to be perfect to be good!
In the end, we ended up going with a circus theme costume idea! This idea was one of three I had found online, and when I walked into Goodwill, the first thing I saw on the rack was a top-hat and a little lion costume (score)! I knew the rest could be pulled together easily.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of our fun family costume below! Dusty was a champ, but wouldn’t let me put a curly black mustache on him, and Rowan was totally OK with being a lion. Dusty is a circus ringleader, Rowan the lion, and I’m a tightrope walker. We had so much fun and can’t wait to wear these out.
This blog post was sponsored by the Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Thank you for supporting the brands and organizations that I work with!