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Halloween Headquarters

Halloween Headquarters

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, which work alone as well as in groups!

Halloween Headquarters Costume Ideas

Fortnite - It’s the biggest game on the planet, and when it comes to dressing like your avatar, you’re only limited by your imagination. Anything goes--colorful wigs, superhero suits, or even just cargo pants. Just make sure you have some sick dance moves to show off.

Avengers Infinity War - Looking for some super inspiration? Nearly Marvel hero showed up for this year’s Infinity War, so you’ve got plenty to choose from: Rock head to toe red for Spiderman, green face paint for Gamora, or bust out a cape and a green stone for Dr. Strange.

GLOW - If you prefer your ‘80s nostalgia flashy and full of hairspray, then look no further than the the new season of GLOW on Netflix. Here, it’s all about a shiny leotard, leg warmers, big hair, and colorful makeup. The alter egos run the gamut, so you can choose to be a wrestling granny or a scary were-woman.

A Wrinkle In Time - The Disney movie based on the classic novel came out earlier this year, and brought some otherworldly inspiration. The Mrs. are a chance to get crafty. For Mrs. Which, choose a metallic silver top and make some caged armor out of pipe cleaners (don’t forget stick on charms for your eyebrows!). Mrs. Who’s layered cape can be recreated with different fabrics (or old sheets!) and paint pens to add literary context. To channel Mrs. Whatsit, grab a plain white nightgown and add a ruffled boa and a braided red wig.

Smallfoot - If Halloween is chilly this year, you’ll be happy you went as one of the characters from Smallfoot, the new animated movie about a Yeti who tries to prove humans are real. This look requires head-to-toe white fur or shearling (check the coat section!), with some felt blue horns. 

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/Vampire Diaries 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!

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