It's that time of year again!
Fall is seriously my favorite time of year for all of these reasons and much, much more. I always have a hard time figuring out what I want to be for Halloween. I've always felt I was much, much better at choosing regular outfits and making them look unique and special than dressing up in something completely crazy, but when Goodwill NYNJ sent me out on a $30 or less Halloween challenge, of course I couldn't resist!
Last year I helped produced a piece for Cleveland's NewsNet5 on how simple it is to shop Goodwill for your Halloween costume. If you haven't seen that video yet, I encourage you to check it out here. (I consider it my "15 minutes of fame!") I also wrote a blog post this month for Goodwill Industries International on exactly how to shop a Goodwill store for your costume, (and I included some costume ideas as well!) So if you want to read that, then click this link.
My friend and I went to the brand new Binghamton, NY Goodwill store last week to see what we could find. This store literally just opened a few weeks ago, so I wasn't sure what the selection would be like. I found a few things in the dress section when I walked in, but they turned out to be way over budget. (This particular store had a lot of new items in stock.)
I immediately missed my Cleveland and Akron Goodwill stores, but I had to give Binghamton a fair shot.
This was a crazy ensemble that we tried, but ultimately it was a serious misstep.
I found a really neat trench / rain coat that I thought could turn into something safari, but it just didn't work with this dress. Another no.
I found these great boots and these two patterned pieces, and knew immediately I wanted to put them together. The problem was, it looked more like something I would wear in real life than for Halloween. But we were running out of time...
I decided I could make it a little more costume-y with these bright pink 80's pumps and bright pink bag. I added in the fake pink hair for extra effect. (I had to stay true to my fashion roots!) At first I was sure it was a 1980's Barbie look, but then a friend suggested it looked like a Harajaku girl.
At a Halloween party, I got asked if I was going as Adele. After I posted pictures, another friend suggested I looked like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. In any case, I had fun with it and I liked my indiscriminate costume. (It kept everyone guessing!)
My friends also had some creative costume ideas that could be reproduced with stuff found at Goodwill. Colin (middle) went as a zombie DJ, and Kathryn (right) went as Raggedy Ann.