I may cause those of you who love Halloween to scratch your wig-covered heads – because you’re already wearing your costume, obviously – when I tell you that I’m not a fan. Then you ask through your plastic glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth, “What’s not to love?”
Don’t you like costumes? I’m a dancer – of course I like costumes! What about candy? I’ve been known to down an entire bag of sour Skittles in one sitting. A big bag too. And scary stories? I’m not a fan of the super gory stuff, but a tastefully told ghost story? Yeah, you got my attention.
So, why don’t I like Halloween? Well… because it’s wasteful! I’ve already harped on the wastefulness of Christmas, which I actually do love because at least Christmas is about peace and family and all those beautiful things. What’s Halloween about? I’m not talking about it’s origins of remembering the dead, which I respect. But, nowadays, it seems all Halloween is about is buying a whole bunch of shoddily made stuff in order to celebrate one single day that has no actual meaning.
Costumes we’ll only wear once, decorations made of plastic and – the candy. Oh the candy! According to this infographic, Americans purchase 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. Candy with wrappers that end up in landfills. As for the aforementioned costumes, whatever happened to the humble homemade costumes of my youth? When I wanted to be a cat, my mom stuffed a leg from a pair of old tights, pinned it to the back of a ballet leotard, glued some felt ears to a headband and drew whiskers on my face with her eyeliner. Voila! No purchase necessary. Minimal waste created.
This Halloween, I encourage you to go back to the basics. Instead of buying cheap Halloween costumes in a plastic bag, unleash your imagination and see what you can come up with using secondhand items and things you already have at home. Be extra smart when choosing your costumes and pick pieces you can add to your regular wardrobe and wear again.
Here are four ideas for second hand Halloween costumes. I hope they inspire you to create your own!
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All the items listed below are from ThredUp, which is my favourite online shop for secondhand clothing and accessories. Some of these pieces you may already have at home. You could also borrow from a friend, shop your local thrift stores or check out any buy and sells or garage sales in your area. Just remember to buy #secondhandfirst!
Of course this was going to be my first idea! These items also work for a hippie or boho-inspired costume.
Find a fallen branch and cradle it in your arms like a baby. If you’re going the hippie route, draw a peace sign on your cheek and slip in some funky earrings.
Contrary to popular belief, ballerinas are not just little girls in pink tutus, here are some items to help you create a Black Swan inspired look.
Throw together a DIY tiara, smudge on the black eye shadow and you’re ready to grande jete away.
This costume is modelled after the classic Wonder Woman, because you know you’re wonderful… right?
DIY a Wonder Woman tiara and grab an old piece of yellow rope for a magic lasso.
Think Lord of the Rings, not Christmas. Majestic, powerful and just super cool… if you’re a nerd like me!
Pull the top of your hair back, add some tiny braids and whip up your own DIY bow and arrow.
Have a fun – and thrifty! – Halloween.
Posted October 14, 2018