Amazing Halloween Costumes by Merri Cvetan
Are you looking for a simple Halloween costume you can make with everyday items found at Goodwill? Try these ideas created by Goodwill's very own home décor expert, Merri Cvetan!



1. Cut a cardboard box to fit the model (front and back) and cut a hole in the top for the head.

2. Spray paint the box black.

3. Glue in layers: book pages, book covers and school pictures with craft glue or glue stick.

4. Cut an oval from the cover of a hard cover book to fit a face. (It should be snug enough to stay in place)

Items found at Goodwill:

  • Book covers (photocopied or removed from books)
  • Big book (cut out for person’s face)
  • Jeans
  • Long-sleeved shirt

Items found elsewhere:
  • Spray paint
  • Copies of school pictures
  • Cardboard box
Raining Cats & Dogs


1. Any umbrella will work, but a clear one allows the trick or treater to see where she is going.

2. Choose small stuffed cats and dogs; the finished umbrella can get heavy.

3. Sew the animals to the umbrella with fish line and a needle.

Items found at Goodwill:

  • Umbrella
  • Stuffed animals (cats and dogs)
  • Rain coat
  • Rain boots

See Merri's Amazing Costumes from 2015:

Amazing Halloween Costumes

Cotton Candy


1. Remove the inside batting from a quilt

2. Cut a piece of the batting to fit the child. Overlap in the back and cut arm holes on the side. This will be the base of the costume.

3. Pull apart the remaining batting and glue to the base in a random pattern with hot glue or craft glue.

4. Spray paint the entire costume with pink paint.

5. Hat cone: roll a straw placemat in the shape of a cone and glue or sew the sides together.
  • Cut a hole at the top of a shower cap and insert the cone. Glue both pieces to hold it in place.
  • Place the shower cap on a bowl (cone will be upright) and glue additional batting to the shower cap with hot glue or craft glue.
  • After glue dries, paint the batting to match the rest of the costume

Items found at Goodwill:

  • Straw table placemat (rolled up to use as the hat cone)
  • Comforter - inside batting used as the cotton candy
  • Pink shirt

Items found elsewhere:
  • Spray paint
  • Tights
  • Shower cap


1. A basic paper box is the perfect size for a small child. The bottom of the box is the front and the cover is the back. Use tape to hold the two pieces together when it’s on the child.

2. Cut holes in the sides of a cardboard box for arm and one at the top to fit a child’s head.

3. Center and glue 6 plastic containers to the front.

4. Spray paint with the Lego color of your choice.

5. Hat: Paint a round bowl to match.

6. Hand mitts: Cut the bottom off two foam can cozies and paint.

Items found at Goodwill:

  • 6 plastic bowls
  • Sweatpants
  • Shirt
  • Round container top (salad spinner)
  • Can cozies

Items found elsewhere:
  • Spray paint
  • Cardboard box