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3 Last Minute Halloween Costumes!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 15, 2014 1:22:00 PM

last minute costumesSome people plan their Halloween costumes for months, or perhaps even a year if they really want to be meticulous about it. Others are more likely to say something like, “That party is tonight?  I better find something to wear!” If you’re in the latter category, Goodwill and a couple of items from your own closet could come to your last-minute costume rescue. I brainstormed a few ideas that are easy and fun to do using clothing, and/or costume pieces you could find at one of our stores or, maybe these might be things you already have!

gym ratGYM RAT

This costume is so easy that literally anyone can do it. All you need to start is a hoodie (like the one shown here) in any color. Staple, tape or glue some ears that you’ve cut out of paper or fabric onto the hood to create your rat ears. Using an eyebrow pencil, or one of the makeup sets that we have at Goodwill, draw a nose and whiskers on your face. Now, layer on an athletic tank top over the hoodie and add some track pants, gym shorts, or other athletic bottoms. You’ll want to wear some colorful tennis shoes and complete the look with a tail made from rope, yarn, or anything that will give you the effect that you’re looking for. Carry a water bottle and sweat towel. You can make this as elaborate as you want, but it is a simple idea!

spray paintgrafittiWALKING GRAFFITI

All you need for this costume is some clothing items that you don’t care about, and were ready to toss out. Lay the items on a garbage bag that has been opened up and laid flat on the ground. Using spray paint, cover them with any pattern at all using a multitude of colors and shapes. This is a great way to use up leftover spray paint or actually any paint you might have laying around your garage. Let your artwork dry. Make sure you sign your work. If you want to get really ambitious you could cover a baseball cap and your shoes with your instant graffiti art, too. Unique and original is what I would call this costume.


Okay, so who hasn’t taken at least one selfie? Find a picture frame at Goodwill that is large enough to frame your face and shoulders when you hold it up in front of you. Take a piece of cardboard that will fit at the bottom of the frame and write the word “SELFIE” on it with magic marker or paint. Glue or duct tape the cardboard to the bottom of the frame. Attach a string or wire to the frame so you can put it around your neck so you can keep your hands free for snacks or beverages. When people ask what you’re supposed to be, hold up the frame in front of your face! That’s it! The picture is worth a thousand words!

Having fun on Halloween is what it’s all about, and being creative is a great way to utilize all our Goodwill  stores have to offer. These are just a few ideas that I came up with, and I’m sure you can come up with your own great ideas as well! But whatever you do, keep in mind that supporting our mission  with your purchases and donations helps treat people to the services and support we have to offer! There’s certainly no “TRICK” to this “TREAT!” 

Topics: Halloween costumes, Halloween, Bjorn Nasett, Fashion