Halloween Costumes on a Budget

Categories: News, Thrift Stores

Halloween plans will look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be spooky fun! You can always walk around the neighborhood in your costume, have a virtual Halloween party, or celebrate indoors with your household. No matter how you choose to party, make sure to utilize thrift stores and slow fashion options to ensure you celebrate with the planet (and your wallet!) in mind.

Thrifting or creating your Halloween costumes and decor instead of buying them new from retail stores has many benefits. It diverts waste from our landfills, exercises your creativity, usually funds a charitable cause, won’t break the bank, and you could probably wear the thrifted pieces of your costume more than once a year.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores in Los Angeles and Long Beach are the perfect places to turn your sustainable Halloween plans into a reality! We have seasonal decorations and aisles of clothing waiting to be transformed into the ultimate costume, and revenue helps those experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Need Halloween costume ideas? St. Vincent de Paul of LA put together a list of easy, thrift-able Halloween costumes anyone can do. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more inspiration!

Click the photo to find its source and other ideas from its creators!

Thrifty Halloween Costumes


1. Sadness from Inside Out
A side-by-side comparison of cartoon "Sadness" and halloween costume version
2. Russel from UpLittle boy dresses like a boy scout to cosplay Russel from "Up" for Halloween3. Forrest Gump

Forest Gump runs while reporters try to interview him

Man running in short shorts, long beard and red hat for Halloween Costume4. Ace Ventura Pet DetectiveHalloween Costume of Man and woman stand side-by-side wearing Hawaiian short and holding a parrot

5. Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands tries to eat a pea with his scissorhands Edward Scissorhands Halloween Costume: Little boy with while face makeup, fake scissorhands, black suspenders and white button-up shirt

6. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Halloween Costume: Little girl dresses like a supreme court judge

7. Cosmo and Wanda from Fairly Odd Parents

Halloween Costume: Boy and girl dresses like Cosmo and Wanda from "The Fairly Odd Parents"

8. Pam and Jim from The Office

Halloween Costume: Couple dresses like Pam and Jim from "The Office"

9. Carmen Sandiego

Woman in red coat and hat for Carmen Sandiego costume

10. Velma from Scooby-Doo

Photo of original Velma from Scooby-Doo Halloween Costume: Woman dresses in orange tutle neck and skirt as Velma from "Scooby-Doo"

Shopping at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores serves those in need and those experiencing homelessness in Southern California.  St. Vincent de Paul’s LA Council has 2,500 volunteers serving an average of 200,000 people a year with food, clothing, furniture, appliances, rental, bill-paying and other forms of assistance. We also operate food pantries, soup kitchens, a summer camp for kids and a shelter program on Skid Row.