Shopping Goodwill for Halloween Costumes


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When I first starting buying Halloween costumes at Goodwill, the prices were generally under $5 each. This year, I was lucky to get outfits that cost under $10 each. However, I still managed to get 4 fun Halloween costumes for my kiddos for under $30 total! And that makes this Mama happy.

Halloween Costumes at Goodwill

Ben liked this dragon costume for $9.97! I thought it would be perfect for our cold winters in Eastern Iowa.

And Cora really like this princess dress. I did too! But she wouldn’t get it and I was bummed.;-) I would have just bought it for dress-up, but $10 was a tad out of my price range that day. Of course, I’m kicking myself now…

And Anna wasn’t there so the other kids and I picked out this cute, handmade clown costume. I was thrilled when she actually liked it! I was a little bit worried that she wouldn’t.

Here’s what we ended up with! This year, I will have one Halloween Princess, one Halloween Fairy, a Halloween Gladiator, and a Halloween clown. I’m having fun watching the kids play in their costumes. I just hope they last until Trick-or-Treat!

What are your kids going to be for Halloween this year and where to you get their costumes?

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Kat is going to be Harley Quinn (character from Batman, I think). I still need to make her costume, which will be recycled/up-cycled from items I found at one of our local thrift stores. I think the total cost was less than $10.

  2. My younger two are wearing leopard costumes that my sister and I wore back in the early 80’s! My mom was an amazing seamstress and the costumes held up after all these years. My oldest is going to be a fairy princess and my mom made the costume for her. My husband and I need costumes for a Harvest Carnival and I, too, will be hitting Goodwill this week. Our costumes the last few years have been thrown together last minute and pretty lame.