Halloween is almost here. Midterms are probably over (or will be soon). And that means it’s time to let-loose and celebrate, before you start studying for finals.
But finding the perfect Halloween costume may be an expensive endeavor. So if you’re a little strapped for cash consider what costumes you can create from your own closet. For instance, just grab your Ryan Howard, Tom Brady, or Alex Ovechkin Jersey and hit the hallways as a baseball, hockey, or football player. Just remember that it may not be a good idea to bring your baseball bat or hockey stick along.
If that option doesn’t work for you, if you’ve searched through your entire wardrobe, and your still drawing a blank, it’s time to consider some other inexpensive options. After all you never know where you’ll find the sexy, scary, or unique costume that you’ve been searching for.
Lauren Lawson, Goodwill spokesperson, said in an email that “Goodwill [is] a Halloween Headquarters.” Not only can you find amazing deals on previously used Halloween costume, but there are thousands of inexpensive outfits waiting to be pieced together from the gently used clothing donated daily. With just a little bit of imagination it’s easy to create something fashionable and perfect for you.
Such as Don or Betty Draper. You can’t go wrong with the Mad Men style. Just grab a petite dress, a full skirt, or a suit and you’ve got the look down.�
Or, you could become Charlie Brown if you just dust off your artistic skills and create the classic zig zag pattern on a yellow shirt. “Wear it with black shorts and brown shoes,” says Lawson.
If those ideas don’t work for you, come up with your own inventive creations, or check out some local Goodwill sites, for inspiration.
Also, once you’ve found the perfect outfit don’t forget to check and see what events or contests you can enter. Many Goodwill stores are hosting Facebook photo contests where you can show off your costume and win some cash.
So, if you trying to save money for textbooks, rent, or food this Halloween try thinking outside the box when it comes to your costume. And remember that if you do purchase your costume in a used clothing store you’re helping the environment by preventing another costume from winding up in a landfill. And, according to Lawson, shopping at Goodwill your money will help people as well. 84% of Goodwill’s revenues fund job training programs and career and community-based services for people with disabilities.
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Photo Credit Firgure 2: New York Daily News