This year is flying! I can’t believe we are already in October! I’m up to my ears in projects, sports practices, homework and to-do lists trying to get our bake shop opened, so I’m all for early planning to alleviate last minute stress. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I’m here to give you some fun, simple ideas for dress up this Oct 31st.
The best place to find Halloween costumes is Value Village. They have a gigantic assortment of new and used costumes, accessories and even make-up to create just about anything you can dream up! It’s a one-stop shop, which I very much appreciate.
I recently visited my local Value Village (that’s Savers for you east coasters!) to see what I could find. I was greeted by two awesome and helpful costume consultants, both dressed in full costume. I rattled off my ideas and they both quickly directed me to what I’d need and suggested additional ideas based on my costume wishes. They were so helpful.
My first costume idea was the ever so popular Pikachu character. If you aren’t familiar with Pokemon Go, you might be living under a rock. This costume was super easy to put together. I grabbed a yellow tutu, a coordinating yellow tee, and made Pikachu ears with felt, a headband and a glue gun! Red felt circles made the perfect Pikachu cheeks. Simple to replicate for any age!
Next up, Where’s Waldo. He typically wears a sweater, but even a red and white striped tee will work. The shirt wasn’t a “costume”, rather a secondhand piece of clothing (purchased at a fraction of full price) that I combined with costume glasses.
The costume consultants were super sweet and helped me pick out this next costume. A fairy! We probably tried on five pairs of wings to make sure the one I picked out coordinated the fairy dress. Each of these pieces were new seasonal pieces and sold individually. If you wanted to take this costume a step further, you could add a wig or pixie ears. I opted for a simple look with a little ribbon headpiece that looked fairy-ish.
The next costume could quite possibly be my favorite, only because I’m a sucker for all things Disney. Mary Poppins! Everyone knows her iconic look: the red bow tie, black umbrella and cherry filled hat. To replicate, I pulled pieces from aisles and aisles of second hand clothing. I can’t begin to tell you how many black skirt options there were. Long, short, tight, flowy, ruffled, straight…you name it, they had it. I went with a simple button down skirt, black tights and a ruffled top. The hat was easy to make with a glue gun, silk daisies and red beads. Practically perfect in every way!
I loved the gigantic selection of new costumes they offered. It was honestly hard to choose which I liked best! I saw this Cancan costume and all I could think about was the salsa dancing emoji. How easy is this?? Slip on some heels, shake those hips and do the salsa!
There was a plethora of costumes that required no additional accessories or wigs. I saw bananas, cans of beer, a pickle, and even a basketball hoop. I know, can you picture that?! My favorite was the emoji. Pair this with a black top and pants and you’re set!
After having emoji on the brain, I realized the easiest costume of all. The iconic pink shirt lady emoji. Grab a pink shirt from their clothing section and pose those arms! It doesn’t get easier than this you guys.
Be sure to hit up your local Value Village or Savers store to outfit the family this Halloween. Don’t forget to peek down their home decor aisles for Halloween and fall decor. There’s definitely no shortage of porch decor!
If you still need a bit of inspiration, each store will be hosting free Halloween Costume Catwalk fashion shows at 3pm every Thursday in October, showcasing the season’s most popular and unique looks for adults and children alike.
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Photos by Kelly Clare Photography