Ideas for Halloween Costumes

A pumpkin carved into a jack-o'-lantern for Ha...
A pumpkin carved into a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Halloween costumes don’t have to be expensive, if you have an active imagination you can come up with plenty of interesting costumes and even if you don’t have an active imagination I am going to share some links to get you started.

My employer is holding a fun fundraiser this year for Halloween and I had no idea what I wanted to be.

So of course I went right to Google and started searching.  One of the first posts I found was from my Money Sister Julia over at Bargain Babe where she shares 47 homemade Halloween costumes that can easily be made from items lying around your home!  Julia also shares great photos of carved pumpkins to encourage your creativity.

Goodwill Halloween Ideas

I also was curious to see what Goodwill had to suggest.  They had a very helpful post which gave some good pointers for choosing a costume. The main gist from this post that I took away was to start with something that speaks to you and build on that.  You could start out with a formal gown and become Cinderella, or start with a football jersey and end up as a linebacker. Goodwill is sharing 31 days of costumes and Create Your Own Costume at Goodwill.

Savers Halloween Ideas

Next I decided to check Savers Thrift store online to see what kind of ideas they had to offer.  They have quite a large collection of costume ideas grouped into sections for men, women, girls, boys and even for your pets!  Lots of cool ideas from elegant princess to silly clown, from movie actresses to animal get ups, like racoons or peacocks!  It was so inspirational to see all the neat ideas in one place with photos to illustrate.

I decided it would be fun to be elegant Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s.  Here is what I found at Savers to make my costume. The Savers I shopped also had two “costume consultants” and the gal who helped me knew where everything in the store was. It was super helpful and I was able to find my costume components for under $20:

  • Simple black dress $3.00
  • Tiara $7.50
  • Cigarette holder $1.99
  • Long Black Gloves $6.99

I already had shoes, pearl earrings and necklace.


The tiara was definitely a splurge.  It is made with 25 cubic zirconium which are just beautiful and sparkly and was being held in the jewelry case where Savers keeps their nicer pieces.

The long black gloves were snug around the elbows so I ended up modifying them and sewing in a piece so they would fit without binding.

I told one of my coworkers about my costume and she had me go to Google and take a good look at the hairstyle, makeup and jewelry that Audrey Hepburn wore.  I also learned there are actually tutorials for the makeup and the hairstyle!  Imagine that!

The hair part is a bit of a challenge since my hair is short.  To create the lift for the bun, I took a ball of brown yarn and wound it into a shape that worked, folded my hair over and tucked under with bobby pins.  This was the test hairdo which took me 90 minutes to put together and my arms and back were having muscle spasms for the rest of the day!  I am hoping on the actual day of the event I can recreate the hairstyle more quickly so that I’m not in pain.  LOL!

Are you going to be dressing up for Halloween?  What or who will you be? 








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5 thoughts on “Ideas for Halloween Costumes

  1. Great costume idea! This year, I am being a blind ref again (it was my costume in 2008 and 2009 too). I wear one of my husband’s old ref shirts, a black and white striped hat, black slacks, flats, sunglasses, and carry around a white dowel stick. I was referred to as a “Replacement Ref” at a party last week, lol. 🙂
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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    LOL! Do you know there are actually blind mobility instructors? A mobility instructor is someone who orients and trains a blind or visually impaired person to use a white cane and to get around independently. I am not sure how safe I would feel with a blind instructor, anymore than I could trust a blind ref! Pretty funny and I’m sure lots of sports fans feel like some refs are blind!


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