With the Halloween season creeping around the corner, it’s time to start planning your perfect costume. But who said dressing up had to be expensive? Goodwill is your ultimate destination for budget-friendly and trendy Halloween costume ideas. In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can transform into popular characters from movies like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, classic favorites like Barbie and the Little Mermaid, and even hero-themed costumes inspired by Marvel and DC. Get ready to have a spooktacular time with Goodwill!

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The Spider-Verse offers a plethora of costume ideas that are sure to impress. Transform into Miles Morales with a thrifted black and red hoodie, matching sweatpants, and sneakers. For Gwen, look for a white hoodie, black leggings, and black combat boots. Don’t forget the spider web accessories! For Hobi, channel the character’s punk-rock style with a thrifted leather jacket, ripped jeans, and studded accessories. Goodwill has all the elements you need to create the ultimate Spider-Verse ensemble.

Barbie & Ken (…& Allan)

Dress up as Margot Robbie’s Barbie or Ryan Gosling’s Ken… and maybe even Michael Cera’s Allan! Embrace Barbie’s iconic pink look with a thrifted gingham pink dress, heels, cat-eye sunglasses, and a blonde wig. For Ken, opt for either his professional “beach” look, which could include beachy items such as board shorts, a Hawaiian shirt, and flip-flops, or his hyper-masculine look, which could include thrifted denim, bandanas, and of course a nice thrifted fur coat. If you have a willing partner, go for a matching Barbie and Ken western couple look or their 80s-neon roller-skating look. Now, let’s not forget about Allan, whose striped button downs and board shorts truly capture his fun quirkiness. Another fun Barbie (2023) group costume idea could be to either thrift pink jumpsuits or bleach and dye any jumpsuit you buy pink, and dress as all the Barbies working together to stop the Ken Takeover. Your Goodwill finds will transport you back to the world of Barbie Land!

Wahoo, Mario Brothers!

Bring some classic video game nostalgia to your Halloween celebration with Mario Brothers costume ideas! Whether you’re a fan of Mario and Luigi, Princess Peach, or even the mischievous King Bowser, Goodwill has all the elements you need to create the perfect ensemble. Transform into the iconic Italian plumber with a thrifted pair of blue overalls, a red long-sleeved shirt, and a red cap adorned with Mario’s signature “M.” Don’t forget to complete the look with a fake mustache and white gloves. You’ll be ready to jump through warp pipes and rescue Princess Peach in no time! Or become the ever-helpful Luigi with a thrifted bluepair of overalls, a green long-sleeved shirt, and a green cap with an “L” emblem. Pair the costume with a friendly smile and a dash of bravery, and you’re all set to join Mario on his thrilling adventures.

If you want to embrace your inner royalty like Princess Peach, try thrifting a pink dress, white gloves, and a golden tiara. Add a pair of dressy shoes, and you’ll be ready to rule the Mushroom Kingdom in style. Don’t forget to carry a plush Toad or a crown for the ultimate Princess Peach look. Or unleash your inner villain with a Bowser costume made from thrifted pieces. Look for a green or brown jumpsuit or pants paired with a matching shirt. Accessorize with a spiked collar and cuffs to complete the ferocious look. You can also create a shell using cardboard or thrifted backpacks for added authenticity. Finally, you could dress as Yoshi with a thrifted green jumpsuit or pants and a matching shirt. Create a Yoshi face by attaching cardboard eyes and a red or orange felt tongue to a green cap. Don’t forget to carry around your trusty egg or plush Yoshi companion.

The Little Mermaid

Dive under the sea and become Ariel with a thrifted green or purple dress, a red wig, and a sparkly tiara. Accessorize with a seashell necklace and don’t forget a dinglehopper! For a twist, consider dressing up as Ursula with a thrifted black dress, a tentacle skirt, and a dramatic wig. Goodwill has the pieces you need to bring the magic of The Little Mermaid to life.


For adult-themed costumes, the possibilities are endless with characters from the vast Marvel and DC universes, as well as popular shows like Invincible and The Boys. Embrace your inner hero or villain by dressing up in a thrifted superhero suit, complete with a cape and mask. Goodwill’s diverse and eclectic selection will allow you to fully embody the essence of these complex and iconic characters. From the mighty Avengers to the Justice League, or the edgy characters from Invincible and The Boys, let Goodwill be your ultimate destination for creating an unforgettable and budget-friendly Halloween costume that showcases your favorite heroes and anti-heroes.

Halloween is the perfect opportunity to have fun with your costume and your friends. With Goodwill as your budget-friendly shopping destination, you can transform into trending characters from movies like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Barbie and The Little Mermaid, and even hero-themed costumes inspired by Marvel and DC. Embrace the thrill of thrift hunting, mix and match unique pieces, and create a Halloween look that’s both impressive and affordable.

With Goodwill’s help, you can have a spooktacular Halloween celebration without breaking the bank. Get ready to make memories, embrace your favorite characters, and have a hauntingly good time with Goodwill!

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