I don’t know about you, but I am a little tired of seeing a parade of scantily clad coeds at all of the Halloween parties around town. Aren’t there better options out there? It can seem like an epic journey just to find something between the frumpy witch costume and the belly-baring nurse outfit. It gets even harder if you want to come up with something to wear as a couple. I could live without seeing another Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm duo, thank you.
Yes, my husband and I are those people who like to arrive as a coordinated couple, and we are always looking for some great ideas before the witching hour strikes. The problem with couples costumes, or group costumes altogether, is that your brain can get stuck in a rut. So, to prevent your brain from cramping, I have decided to compile a list of ideas you could run with this Halloween. You and your creatively clad group can thank me later!
Why not give your favorite movie characters a spin? Two years ago, my husband and I decided to create costumes using pieces we already had and picked up the rest at Goodwill. We ended up becoming Shrek and Fiona for around $7 total.
Other ideas that come to mind are a Disney prince and princess, a television dynamic duo like Richard Castle and Detective Kate Beckett from ABC’s “Castle,” Princess Peach and Mario from the classic video games we grew up with, Marge and Homer Simpson, the Smurfs, etc. Watch your favorite movie and let your imagination go!
What’s the point of couples’ costumes if no one gets what you are supposed to be? It’s always a great idea to go back to the classics. How about dressing up as the tortoise and the hare? Or salt and pepper shakers? How about peanut butter and jelly on two slices of bread? What about Ms. Pacman and a ghost? A great one would be the yin and yang symbol. Have one person dress all in white, the other in black. Add an opposite color circle to the top of one and the bottom of the other, and BAM! Creative costume you can find totally at Goodwill. Nothing scary about that!
Or maybe you are one of those people who wants to make people think a little harder when they see you out and about. Fun ideas could have you dressed up as a painter and a classic painting, Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam, a lumberjack and a tree, or two iPod earbuds (make sure you label which one is left and right!).
Oh, the fun you can have dressing a group! Think of all of the great groups you could easily dress as with a little help from the home goods or clothing sections of Goodwill: the Village People, a full box of crayons, the seven deadly sins reimagined, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the aliens from “Toy Story”… I hear the Spice Girls are even coming back!
No matter how many people you have to dress, use your resources and come up with a super creative costume on the cheap. After all, don’t you want to know you did something great to help people get back on their feet all because you bought something for a great costume at Goodwill? It may help you justify all of that candy you’ll inhale!
Updated 10 months ago by Calvin Gilbert
Look no further than Goodwill’s Halloween Headquarters. With just a little imagination, you can put together a fun and frugal Halloween costume. Goodwill offers gently used and new costumes for the whole family for less than the cost of costume stores or rented attire.