Make it a Thrift Store Halloween!

Article provided by Ruth Koontz, Goodwill of Fort Wayne

With Halloween right around the corner, now is the time to get crafty. Sure, you could go out and buy an Elsa costume if you want to be “Frozen’s” main character, but why be like everyone else? By using second-hand clothes to pull off your Halloween look, you can save money and have a one-of-a-kind costume. Here are 10 ideas for Halloween 2014:

Orange is the New Black: Join the inmates with an orange shirt, orange or khaki pants and a tan bomber jacket.

The Walking Dead: Find a khaki-colored polo, brown pants, and a wide-brimmed hat. Pick up a cheap sheriff’s badge and call yourself Rick Grimes (or buy an outfit, distress it with stains and tears, add fake blood and be a zombie).

Maleficent: Be this year’s most known witch using a long black dress, black nail polish and paper mache horns.

Star Wars: May the force be with you in your tan or brown robe accented with a cheap lightsaber.

Game of Thrones: Be Cersei or Daenerys using a flowy dress cinched with a tan belt and setoff by a long-haired wig.

Downton Abbey: Channel the characters of Downton Abbey with long elegant gown, heels and silver jewelry. Or, use a simple black dress with an apron to be a servant. Have your date pick up an Army jacket to be one of the gentlemen Crawleys. Find a second-hand tuxedo and be Mr. Carson or Mr. Bates.

The Lego Movie: Find your inner child and pick your favorite second hand outfit. Couple this with yellow facepaint. \

Netflix: Pair a red shirt and pants together. Mark white lettering across the front and tape movie posters all over yourself.

Snapchat/#selfie: To create this look, use white jeans, yellow shirt and a large cardboard cut-out in the shape of a smartphone to hold up in front of yourself (don’t forget to make a duck face)!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Use a green t-shirt and black shorts or leggings as the base for this outfit, or a green dress. Add a cardboard shell and bandana to be your favorite reptile!


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