Budget-Friendly Halloween Costume and Decoration Ideas


It’s never too early to start planning your Halloween costume and Goodwill is the perfect place to shop. You can find everything you need to create your own Halloween costume at a fraction of the price and shop a wide variety of costumes in the costume section. These budget-friendly costume and decoration ideas will get you in the spirit.

Costumes For Kids

halloween costume and decor

Have your kids already started dreaming up what they want to be for Halloween? The tradition of dressing up in a costume is a fun way for kids to express their interests and identity. Most kids change their minds at least once regarding what costume they want to choose. For some kids and families, thinking about costumes is just as fun as the dressing up part.

From babies to older kids, there’s nothing cuter than dressing up the kiddos for Halloween.  Babies look adorable in just about anything. Perhaps a baby elephant costume? Dressing up your little one in a mini version of what mom or dad does for a living is also a fun option. Baby veterinarians go great with a furry pup at home!

Some kids are into witches, ghosts and goblins, while others can’t wait to dress up like their favorite television show character. Which route will you go this year? Here are some fun costume ideas for babies and kids.

  • Character from a movie or television show
  • Ghost or goblin
  • A food or beverage
  • Favorite toy
  • What you want to be when you grow up
  • Animal
  • Hero or role model
  • Hobby

It’s so much fun to watch your kids brainstorm costume ideas. Use these costume topics as thought-starters and see what their minds dream up.

Costumes For Adults

halloween costume and decor

Dressing up for Halloween is not just for the kids. There’s a big kid in a lot of us that lives for this holiday, whether you have kids or not. Costumes for adults can be an expression of your personality and wit. It’s also a fun opportunity to dress up with a friend or significant other in a duo costume. Couple costumes are costumes that reflect dynamic duos or pairs of things. Many families like to dress up in family costumes where each person is a character from a fictional family from a television show or movie.

Whether you’re dressing up on your own or part of a group, these ideas will get those creative juices flowing.

  • Iconic pairings (couple)
  • Fictional duo or family
  • Attire from an old or current occupation
  • Your childhood hero
  • Counterpart to a child’s costume
  • Clever play on words (think sayings like “captain obvious” or “blessing in disguise” for inspiration)

DIY Halloween Costumes

Part of the fun of dressing up for Halloween is creating your costume. DIY costumes are great because they’re original and you usually spend a lot less money. When you make your own Halloween costume, you can shop in the clothing section at Goodwill and bypass the costume section. Find the clothing you need and then add the accessories to complete the look. What costume are you dreaming up this year? Check out these ideas for inspiration and what you’ll need to shop for at Goodwill.

  • Cheerleader (pleated skirt)
  • Lego (clothing in primary color of your choice)
  • Sherlock Holmes (trenchcoat and hat)
  • Queen of Hearts (formal red dress)
  • Men in Black (suit and sunglasses)
  • Farmer or lumberjack (flannel and jeans)
  • Mary Poppins (umbrella and skirt)
  • Ketchup and mustard (red and yellow clothing)

There are so many more costume ideas that you can create yourself. Half the fun is making your own costume!

Halloween Decoration Ideas

halloween costume and decor

Home design is a fun creative hobby for expressing your personal style. It can also be a budget buster. Decorating your house for Halloween on a budget can be difficult. When you see beautifully-designed front porches and immaculate haunted houses on social media, you’re also seeing a lot of zeros in terms of what it costs to achieve those looks. Luckily, you can decorate for Halloween or fall by shopping at a thrift store like Goodwill. Even better, it’s way more original.

If you’ve ever had nostalgia for the fun Halloween decorations you had as a kid, chances are you might find them at a thrift store. Decorations from the 80s and 90s have made their way from cleaned out garages to our stores waiting for the next family to create some memories with. Goodwill has an entire Halloween decoration section dedicated to unique and spooky finds.

halloween costume and decor

From hanging skull heads to friendly lawn signs, there’s a range of decoration items at Goodwill. Let’s get inspired. Here are some items to look for at Goodwill when decorating your house on a budget.

  • Candy bowls
  • Tombstones
  • Skull heads
  • Clown faces
  • Spider webs
  • Harvest signs
  • And so much more!

When you shop at Goodwill, you can embrace your inner creativity to make your own fun Halloween costume for less. Come check out what unexpected items you can find at a Goodwill location near you. For more craft ideas and shopping inspiration, follow us on Facebook!

Budget-Friendly Halloween Costume and Decoration Ideas

Exciting Events this Week!

Amazing things are always happening at Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona! Whether you are looking for a daily special or want to participate in one of our job training events, we have something for you.


*Daily deals valid at select Metro Phoenix, Prescott and Yuma locations. Please check with your neighborhood Goodwill for details.

Discount valid on used merchandise only. Not valid on food or drink, new goods, seasonal or holiday items. Not valid at Goodwill Clearance Center. Our REDESIGN by Goodwill and Clearance Outlet are excluded. REDESIGN operates separate sales and discounts from other Goodwill stores.