By Judi Roman Bucasas

For a one-day-a-year holiday, Halloween can sure be expensive, but budgeting for Halloween costumes doesn’t have to be scary! Head into the nearest Goodwill store and step into the “Costume Zone” where employees can help you put together a scary good outfit that won’t break the bank! And, since you’re reusing and upcycling clothing, accessories and whatever you find to create your unique costume, will do good for the community and the environment.

To “kill it” this Halloween, here are just a few wicked ideas:

Flower Power Hippie – 70’s hippie floral shirts and skirts.

Witch – Black pants, shirt or dress.  You may even find a witch’s hat that someone donated or a broom at the store.

Princess – Full skirt or ball gown to wear with a tiara.

Farmer – Find overalls, a plaid shirt and a wide brim hat. Carry a garden tool like a plastic rake or shovel.

Scarecrow – Wear denim overalls and a plaid shirt. Accessorize with a wide brim hat and pieces of straw or straw ribbon.

Skunk – Wear black sweats and glue or sew a white strip of fabric or fake fur to your back.

Rockstar – Wear a hip jacket (such as leather or fake snakeskin) with boots and accessorize with a guitar.

Cat lady – A sweatsuit or bath robe with stuffed animal cats attached.

Do you need more inspiration? Visit Shopping with Goodwill for Halloween is not only fun and affordable, it also supports Goodwill’s mission programs in the community to help individuals with employment and skills training to gain independence. Learn more at

Going for a group costume? Consider attending your Halloween party as the first family of Halloween, the Addams Family! The Addams Family movie open in theaters October 11!

Judi Roman Bucasas is the director of marketing at Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona.


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