Before you know it, Halloween will creep up on you. Get a jump on the spooky holiday by crafting your costume early. And when we say “crafting,” we mean it! Who wants to spend nearly $100 on a cheap costume at some big-box store? Instead, head over to your local Goodwill and DIY your own All Hallow’s Eve attire. We’ll walk you through it below.

Come up with an idea and look for pieces.

If you don’t know what you want to be this year, you can find inspiration here. Googling “DIY costumes” will also give you a plethora of ideas! Since you have time to plan ahead (instead of selling out and buying an overpriced costume last-minute), search around for elements. You may already have some things you need at home, but if you’re looking for a specific item, odds are your local Goodwill thrift store will have it. Plus, shopping at Goodwill is so much cheaper than going to a big-box store or seasonal Halloween shop.

Craft a cowgirl costume.

You don’t need anything special to pull off this look. Grab some leather boots, a plaid shirt, a cowboy hat or red headscarf, and a vest (or jacket with the sleeves cut off). You could even finish the costume off with a toy horse or stuffed cow.

Get trendy with a clown getup.

“It” came out this year, so it’s a good bet that tons of people will be dressed up like clowns. But if you’re not looking to terrify everyone around you, opt for a more sensible look. Head to Goodwill and find a suit – it can be in light or dark colors. Pick up a tie or scarf, a hat or wig, depending on your preference, and fancy or oversized shoes. Don’t forget a red foam ball for your nose and white facepaint.

Go meta as a selfie.

This one’s simple — and everyone will want to be a part of the finished product. Take a picture frame and string a wire hanger through the hooks to hang it around your neck. Wear either all black or a regular outfit … and don’t forget your cellphone!

All that’s left to do is have an awesome Halloween. While you’re out celebrating, don’t forget to snap a photo of your DIY costume and post it on Facebook or Instagram, tagging Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona with the hashtag #GWCostumeZone. The photo with the most ‘likes’ will win a prize valued at over $150!

After Halloween is over, don’t forget to donate your costume back to Goodwill. By giving your costume back, you’ll ensure someone else can use it again next year. Shopping at Goodwill benefits programs and services in the community. Last year alone, over 10,000 adults and over 1,000 youth in Southern Arizona benefitted from Goodwill’s services.

To find a Goodwill near you and get started on your next costume, visit To see more costume ideas and DIY tips and tricks, visit

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