Jack-o-lanterns, spooky ghosts and giant spider webs cover the houses in Winona in preparation for Halloween. As we dive into this mysterious season, you might start thinking about what you’re going to wear and who you’re going to be–but your bank account might have a different opinion about this fall holiday.

Don’t sweat, here are four tips for thrifty Halloween costumes that won’t break the bank.


Thrifty Halloween Costumes

Get thrifty this Halloween! Photo by Amy Nelson ’20

1. Check out local thrift stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army

Why pay full price for a brand-new outfit when you’re only going to wear it once? Thrift stores, such as Goodwill, have low prices on new and gently used Halloween costumes. They often have weekly deals that can offer even bigger discounts. It’s a sustainable way to give a second life to a costume and stay within budget.


Halloween Costume 1

Photo by Amy Nelson ’20

2. Dig through your closet and pull out that “I might need this for something” outfit

We all have clothes thrown into the back of our closet that for some reason we never throw away. It’s time to dig through your closet and get creative. Something as simple as a jersey or referee shirt can be paired with some warm sweats for a cheap Halloween costume.


Halloween Costume 2

Photo by Amy Nelson ’20

3. Borrow clothes from a friend

Know a friend with a unique work uniform? Ask if you can borrow it. Friends are one of life’s best treasures and always have your back. Sharing is caring, right?


Photo by Amy Nelson ’20

4. Get warm and cozy

Don’t forget that it might be cold! With the recent snowfall from this past weekend, we can expect Halloween to be cold. Throw on your favorite footsie pajamas for a fun and warm costume.


Halloween Costume 4

Photo by Amy Nelson ’20

These are just a few of the many ways you can dress up for this holiday while staying within budget. Get creative, Warriors, and enjoy your Halloween!

— Amy Nelson ’20

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