DIY Halloween Costumes: 3 Reasons to Shop Goodwill This October

Alamo City Moms Blog is happy to partner with Goodwill San Antonio to share these tips on creative and thrifty Halloween costumes. This is a sponsored post.

Halloween is just around the corner!

It’s impossible to miss the huge costume industry that seemingly springs up from the ashes every October. Big box stores have aisles of costumes, pop-up stores are chock full of Halloween dress-up favorites, and a certain website that rhymes with Schmamazon has a costume or two. All of the selection can overwhelm even the most decisive of costume shoppers. Plus, no matter how unique you think your costume may be, there is a decent chance that you’ll pass another person or two in the same mass-produced costume—a bummer if you or your trick-or-treater is looking to stand out this Halloween.

However, if the idea of a DIY costume is daunting and causes binges of stress-eating candy corn, know that creating unique costumes doesn’t have to be scary. It’s a great time to get your kids involved and let them decide on a theme. One year my son went as mac & cheese, with a handmade costume that required little more than cutting and gluing. He still speaks of that costume and how many neighbors laughed appreciatively and gave him an extra handful of candy for his creative ensemble. 

Google costumes that center on your kids’ favorite characters, books, foods, and movies and you’ll likely find several DIY variations and ideas that span from “only tape, paper, and markers required” all the way to “expert seamstress level.” 

Looking for the perfect place to shop for creative and unique costumes? Consider Goodwill San Antonio! Here are three great reasons to shop Goodwill this Halloween:


Bargain shoppers know that Goodwill is a treasure trove of lower-priced clothes, housewares, electronics, and more. You can put together two or three costumes at Goodwill for the price of one new store-bought costume. If DIY is not your jam, your San Antonio Goodwill stores often have several ready-to-wear costumes and Halloween accessories.  

Creative and Unique Costumes

Want to stand apart this Halloween? Shopping for creative costumes at Goodwill will help you to avoid crossing paths with a doppelganger on October 31st. Each Goodwill store offers aisles and aisles of creative, affordable possibilities. Check out some of these creative DIY Halloween costumes the Goodwill crew put together:

Socially Conscious

Your Halloween purchases at Goodwill help fund education, training, and career services that assist in preparing individuals to find meaningful careers right here in San Antonio. By purchasing from a non-profit resale store, you also teach your kids the beauty of the three r’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle.  

The staff at your local Goodwill is eager and willing to help you create your perfect costume! Click here for more information.

It’s scary how much good you can do this October at Goodwill!  

Michelle moved to San Antonio eight years ago and yet still feels like a newcomer. She is rather smitten with the Alamo City. She and her husband met at Texas A&M and started their marriage in Minnesota. After six years of very cold winters, they returned to Texas. Michelle has two kids (12 and 9), along with a very quirky rescue dog and two rather cute guinea pigs. A former corporate food scientist turned part-time yoga instructor, she still takes her food very seriously—she just doesn’t get paid for it anymore. She is fueled by tea, cold brew coffee, yoga, dog walking, books and quickly googling answers to her kids eleventy million questions.