Halloween is our favorite holiday at Goodwill! Our stores have curated costume sections as well as a wealth of raw materials just waiting for you to add your wicked good imagination and create a do-it-yourself masterpiece! Pledge to dress up, to have fun while being green, and to give back!
Shopping at Goodwill to put a truly creative costume together (versus buying a ready-made polyester one) will have you stand out from the crowd - you might even win that costume contest! - but your spending dollars also help us to provide job training, career services, and youth programs to the community. So be your own monster and shop Goodwill this Halloween.
Here are our favorite timeless and pop-culture-inspired costumes for adults and kids that work alone as well as in groups!
Halloween Headquarters Costume Ideas
Jurassic World - Dinosaurs took a big bite out of the big screen this summer. You can dress like Chris Pratt's Owen by rocking cargo shorts, a cargo vest, a safari shirt, and hiking boots. Or if the dinos are more your speed, dress in greens and browns (or blue for Blue the raptor) and go to town with the reptilian face paint.
Hunger Games - The last installment of Katniss & crew's saga in Panem returns to screens this November. To transform into the Mockingjay herself, dress in dark neutrals, find a brassy bird brooch, fashion yourself a rocking braid, and complete with a full quiver of arrows. For those with makeup skills, your face becomes a work of art when you paint yourself in bright colors and metallics to look like a resident of the Capital, candy-colored wig recommended.
Wet Hot American Summer - The cult classic camp comedy made a return this year as a Netflix prequel. Search for the finest late '70s/early '80s in camp attire to be right on trend: think short shorts, ringer tees, striped polos, and tube socks. Extra points for carrying a can of vegetables.
Spies Among Us - Mission Impossible and Spy rocked theaters this summer, so there should be no shortage of secret agents. Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt is classic, with all black, leather jacket, and cool shades. Melissa McCarthy's undercover agent has some less conventional secret identities, so grab a cute cat sweatshirt, some granny glasses, and a permed wig for a hilarious Halloween.
Superhero Season - This year saw the latest installments of The Avengers and new to the big screen Ant-Man. Pick up patriotic garb and make yourself a shield out of some cardboard for Captain America. Rock head-to-toe black plus utility belts for Black Widow, or look like your favorite shrinking superhero by dressing in red with black "armor" accents. The options are literally endless for thrifted superhero combinations!
If you're more of a Halloween purist, you can always shop the classics at Goodwill, too:
Monsters - Grab some brightly colored attire, and craft some eyes, noses, and mouths out of felt and stick them to yourself! Monsters are a wonderfully adaptive category, and only limited by your imagination (or your nightmares!).
Pirates - Striped shirt or ruffled blouse, cutoff pants, silk scarves (for head and waist), leather boots, oversized hat, eye patch. If you find something with a skull & crossbones on it, even better! Think: Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Vampires - Tuxedo or corseted dress, heavy black eye makeup and red lipstick. Fake plastic vampire teeth a plus. Or go more modern and channel your favorite True Blood/Twilight character, hiding in plain sight.
Werewolves - Since modern werewolves only seem to go shirtless, you can really save big on this one, guys. For Twilight's Jacob, all you need is black jeans and a temporary tribal tattoo; for True Blood's Alcide, regular jeans and layered silver necklaces. Add a cotton henley and a plaid flannel shirt for modesty and authenticity to either one (especially if the forecast is chilly).
Fairies - Join Sookie Stackhouse and her ethereal kin in the fantasy of fairyland with a simple, gauzy floor length dress, natural hair pulled back with a headband, glitter body paint and a mason jar covered in glow-in-the-dark paint.
Zombies - If you're a fan of the Walking Dead, then you know anybody among us could turn zombie at any moment. Grab regular street clothes (or mimic those of your favorite zombie character), powder your face and circle your eyes in black, pour fake blood on yourself liberally, then raise arms and moan scarily. Fright night, indeed!
Most of all, whatever you dress up as this Halloween, have a safe, happy one from all of us at Goodwill. Boo!