Hello! Read an article today in the paper about saving money on Halloween costumes. DIY aspects such as going to the fabric store or using accessories to help create a costume were mentioned, but I must say I was surprised that thrift stores weren't discussed.
For the past several weeks, local thrift stores have had racks of clothing set aside for this holiday, with garments ranging from actual Halloween costumes to vintage clothing to feather boas, funky straw hats and other accessories. (I wonder if anyone bought the straw hat with the Kroger grocery store logo on it and if so, what they were going to do with it?)
I have written already of using thrift stores when our daughter portrayed various historical figures for school assignments. For the earliest of these depictions, I considered it a bit of a challenge that she, then a 5th grader, was supposed to dress up as a scientist from the 16th C. Thrift stores came through for me, as they have every time since. Of course, her outfit wasn't 100% accurate, but it was close enough! (In case you were wondering what she wore, I purchased black velveteen pants that I shortened to knicker length and a fancy white top with a ruffled neckline. These pieces were a reasonable representation of what a learned man of the 16th C wore.)
You can read my post about a more recent "dress-up day" here.
Although I've discussed school assignments, not Halloween, the same principles apply: pick a time period or famous person - then go to the thrift store and see what you can come up with!