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7 Tips for Getting a Great Halloween Costume at the Goodwill

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

This Halloween post is written by San Antonio blogger Haeley Giambalvo with Design Improvised and sponsored by Goodwill San Antonio. Thank you for supporting the organizations and brands that support San Antonio Mom Blogs!

Introducing our family rock band – this year’s Halloween costumes thanks to a trip to our local Goodwill store! Finding the perfect Halloween costume doesn’t have to be a time consuming and expensive endeavor. This year, skip the big box stores and online searching and head to your local Goodwill instead.

The Goodwill San Antonio stores are the perfect source for a last minute, one-of-a-kind Halloween costume. Plus your purchases help support the Goodwill San Antonio mission of changing lives through the power of work. It’s a win-win! Here are my seven tips for scoring the perfect Goodwill Halloween costume for yourself or your entire family:

7 Tips for Getting a Great Halloween Costume at the Goodwill

1. Go with some costume ideas in mind, but be flexible

Part of the fun of shopping at Goodwill is the thrill of the hunt – you don’t know what you’ll find until you get there! It helps to come with a few costume ideas in mind to direct your searching. Check out the Goodwill San Antonio Halloween Lookbook for inspiration for awesome costume ideas that you can create with common Goodwill items.

Finding this amazing black leather vest was what started me down the path of an 80s rock band theme for our family:

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

Once I settled on a costume theme, I then searched for rocker clothing for our family in a coordinating palette of black and white, with a touch of hot pink! Many Goodwill stores organize their clothing by size and color, making it easy to find exactly what you need:

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

2. Head to the staff picks

If you aren’t sure what you want, the Goodwill has done some of the work for you. Many of the 23 San Antonio Goodwill stores have handpicked and styled clothing perfect for a Halloween costume. Look for their “Halloween Headquarters” signs and “Staff Picks” rack near the entry:

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

3. Go for the staples

Almost all Goodwill stores will tend to clothing in each of these areas with lots of costume potential:

  • Prom and wedding dresses
  • Business suits
  • Medical scrubs
  • Western wear
  • Pajamas and robes
  • Hawaiian shirts and floral dresses
  • Sports jerseys and uniforms

I found several wedding dresses for being a scary (or not so scary!) bride on Halloween:

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

4. It’s all in the accessories

In addition to clothes, the Goodwill stores carry a large selection of belts, scarves, shoes, purses, and jewelry. I was able to outfit our costumes with studded belts, scarves, and bandanas, and even a pair of boots for my daughter. I found everything I needed for my daughter’s rocker costume for only $17!

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

It turned out so cute!

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

5. Don’t miss the Halloween aisle

Look beyond the clothing racks for a designated Halloween aisle near their housewares. Here you will often find brand new costumes, masks, wigs, face paint, and other accessories at greatly reduced prices. I was able to score brand new rocker wigs that truly made our outfits for only $3.99 a piece!

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

These rocker wigs were amazing! I crack up every time I see this photo of my husband. I found a $1.99 bandana to wrap around the wig for an extra rocker touch.

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

I also found a pack of new Halloween body tattoo stickers for $1.99 that the girls loved wearing:

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

6. Look at the color of the tag

You can score an even better deal with the color of the week! Items with that color of price tag are an additional 50% off.

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

7. Round out your costume with things you have at home

We topped off our rock band attire with some inexpensive inflatable guitars and microphones that my daughters already had in their toy collection at home.

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

I also created fingerless rocker gloves by cutting off the bottom of a sock and cutting a notch on the side for a thumb to slip through. So easy!

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

We are so excited to take our show on the road this October 31st! I couldn’t have found such a unique set of outfits anywhere else but at my neighborhood Goodwill San Antonio store. I hope you head to your local Goodwill store for some fun Halloween shopping!

Goodwill San Antonio is your Halloween headquarters!

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