4 Last-Minute Thrift Store Halloween Costumes

| 10/24/2011 9:42:00 AM

Still don’t have a Halloween costume? No problem. Just head to your local thrift store and get creative. For a few dollars you can turn someone else’s castoffs into this year’s hit Halloween costume—and avoid buying new when you can reuse! Here are four ideas to get you going.

Mad Scientist 

Turn on your inner crazy by compiling your own mad scientist costume for Halloween. Find an oversize, preferably white, coat. A good “lab coat” should be easy to come by in the men’s sections of your local Salvation Army or thrift stores. Maybe even a friend’s closet. Wear a tie or bowtie with a button down shirt and slacks. Add a pair of thick glasses—the wackier the better. And voilà, mad scientist. Tease your hair into a wild mess and you’re ready to start stirring up some Frankenstein-like experiments. This costume works equally well for kids or adults.

Mad Scientist 


You might not even need to go to a thrift store for this one. This all-in-one costume could be in your linen closet right now. All you need is a plain white bed sheet and a pair of scissors. Cut two ovals for eyeholes, drape the sheet over your head and you’ll rival Casper for cutest ghost. This costume works for both kids and adults.