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Creating the Perfect Scary Costume by Shopping at Second-Hand or Thrift Stores

For thrift stores like Goodwill Southern California, Halloween is a big deal, offering a treasure trove of unique, budget-friendly costumes and decorations. Here’s how you can create the perfect scary costume and decorate your home for Halloween by shopping second-hand.

Key Points for Costumes

  • Start Early: The best items get picked over as Halloween approaches.
  • Budget-Friendly: Goodwill offers monthly coupons, military, senior, and student discounts, and color tag sales for extra savings.
  • Unique Finds: Thrift stores offer one-of-a-kind items that can make your costume stand out.
  • Reimagine Items: Use social media trends like painting spooky images on existing artwork as inspiration.

Key Points for Decorations

  • Eco-Friendly: Buying second-hand is a sustainable choice.
  • Beyond Halloween: Vintage and antique shops offer items that can be used year-round.
  • Explore: Don’t just stick to the Halloween section; you can find gems all over the store.
  • Buy Now: If you love it, buy it. It might not be there tomorrow.

Local Family Trick-or-Treating Events

  • Montrose: Montrose Halloween Spooktacular
  • Glendale: Glendale Galleria Halloween Fest
  • Pasadena: Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration

Scary Halloween Events for Adults in LA County

  • Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: Griffith Park
  • Dark Harbor: Queen Mary, Long Beach
  • Halloween Horror Nights: Universal Studios Hollywood


Whether you’re shopping for costumes or decorations, thrift stores offer many budget-friendly and unique options. So, this Halloween, why not give second-hand shopping a try? You’ll save money and find items that will make this Halloween unforgettable.


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