Thrifting Halloween Costumes

When I was little, I only wanted my parents to buy my costumes at Party City or Spirit Halloween. I did not want to make my own because I thought the costumes at the store were cool. Honestly I didn’t have the patience or desire to make my own. But once I got to middle school, I started to embrace the making of your own costume.

My sister and I wanted to be the twins from The Shining. We thought we will definitely win the best pair costume at the halloween dance, which we did. My sister and I were looking everywhere online to find the best Shining twins costumes, but we were not impress. My mom told us she can make the costumes. I wasn’t happy when she said that, but we had no choice, Halloween was coming soon. I was surprise when our mom finished the costume. They looked kind a like the ones in the movie and it was well made. I am happy that I have a mom who can sew and do anything.

Every one in our class and teachers really liked our costumes. They started guessing which twin is which. People had shocked and impress reactions when we told them that our mom made them. This made me really happy. I decided not to shop for halloween costumes and from now on make my own.

In 7th grade we were the twins from The Shining.
In 8th grade I was the barista and my sister was the Frappuccino

If you are done spending money on halloween costumes, why not try out the thrift store. You can definitely make a dope costume under $20 when shopping at the thrift store. The thrift store is the best place to find anything you need to make your own costume or finding a Halloween costume on budget.

Halloween Photoshoots

My sister had a fun Halloween photoshoot idea. She wanted to recreate well known characters from different horror movies. I helped her by modeling and setting up the shoots. But before we could take pictures, we need costumes. My sister and I knew we did not want to spend a lot of money on costumes. We took our small budget to a thrift store such as Salvation Army and Savers. After going to three different thrift stores, were able to find all the clothing items we needed for the photoshoot. The photoshoots my sister did were Samara from Ring, Wendy Torrance from The Shining, Kuchisake Onna (slit-mouthed woman), and Carrie

Check out Sofia’s photography account: Sofiaf.visuals

The Ring- Samara

My sister and I found this oversized men white t-shirt at Savers. This is my sister in these photos.

The Shining-Wendy Torrace

We were able to replicate Wendy’s outfit pretty close. The turtle neck was from Salvation Army and the flannel and jacket was from Savers. My sister is the model in these images.

Kuchisake Onna

We found this trench coat at Salvation Army. I am the model in these images. Kuchisake Onna means the Slit-Mouthed Woman. It is a Japanese urban legend. She will wear a mask and ask you, “Am I pretty?” If you say yes, she will take off her mask and ask the question again. If you say yes again, she will give you the same cuts on the mouth. If you say no, she kills you.


We found this pink dress at Savers and it was 6 dollars! We were surprise that we were able to find a pink dress quickly. If you are going to recreate the blood scene in Carrie, definitely buy fake blood. Do not make your own. My sister made the blood with corn syrup, water, and a huge bottle of red food coloring. This was my favorite shoot, but the aftermath was very messy. My hair and my body was so sticky. We weren’t able to salvage the dress because it was completely covered in corn syrup. It was fun having fake blood poured on me.

I hope these photoshoots and the ideas of thrifting for Halloween costumes inspire you guys to make your own. Honestly making your own costume is a money saver, challenging, and fun. Just be creative and have fun!

Published by thriftwithmomoka

Hi I'm Paula and I am a thrifter! Momoka is my Japanese middle name. I like to thrift because I can be creative with fashion and be sustainable. I like going to NYC and playing the guitar.

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