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These eco-friendly halloween costume ideas for women are simple and cute – just the way I like it.

It 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 of the spookiest of holidays. 

Sure, I like costumes, and candy and even a tastefully told ghost story, but as with the majority of the holidays we celebrate today – Halloween is just so wasteful!

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Why You Should Buy Second Hand Halloween Costumes

I’ve already harped on the wastefulness of Christmas. And at least Christmas is about something – peace and family and all those beautiful things. 

But 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. 

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 for DIY halloween costume ideas using things you already have at home. 

Or, buy a few choice pieces second hand and then add them to your regular wardrobe to wear again.

Here are four ideas for second hand Halloween costumes. I hope they inspire you to create your own eco-friendly costume!

Various women's clothing and accessories on a white background.

 

Treehugger

Of course this was going to be my first idea! These items also work for a hippie or boho-inspired costume.

Flowing Dress

Denim Vest

Scarf

Comfy Sandals

Plus…

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.

Modern Ballerina

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.

Black Bodysuit

Black Tutu Skirt

Pink Tights

Black Lace Up Flats

Plus…

Throw together a DIY tiara, smudge on the black eye shadow and you’re ready to grande jete away.

Superhero

This costume is modelled after the classic Wonder Woman, because you know you’re wonderful… right?

Red Top

Blue Capri Leggings

Gold Belt
Red Boots

Plus…

DIY a Wonder Woman tiara and grab an old piece of yellow rope for a magic lasso.

Elf

Think Lord of the Rings, not Christmas. Majestic, powerful and just super cool… if you’re a nerd like me!

Brown Tunic

Brown women's tunic on a mannequin.

Black Leggings

Black women's leggings on a mannequin.

Brown Woven Belt

Brown woven women's belt on a white background.

Brown Boots

Brown women's boots on a white background.

Plus…

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.

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Posted on October 14, 2018 (Last updated on October 9, 2021)

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4 Second Hand Halloween Costumes from Thrifted Items You Can Wear Again!

2 thoughts on “4 Second Hand Halloween Costumes from Thrifted Items You Can Wear Again!

  • October 15, 2018 at 7:01 am
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    These are wonderful ideas and I completely agree as I make my way through the big box stores and think of the entire area as not only waste but a waste of time. There is very little originality or creative thinking in buying a plastic cape, hat, glasses, and blood. So much blood. I asked my granddaughter what she will dress up as this year and she said a zombie nerd. Last year she was a zombie cheerleader. I asked her why she had to always be something dead. Or bloody. She looked at me and did not understand the question. She is 10. But there is hope as her older sister will be a cowgirl using mostly items she already wears as she is – well – a cowgirl who rides horses. I’m just glad it’s only one day and that the world and marketers haven’t managed to squeeze it into Halloween Week. Yet.

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    • October 24, 2018 at 3:09 pm
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      I already feel like Halloween has been spread out into a multi-week event. Essentially as soon as back-to-school marketing is over, it’s Halloween marketing, and then of course Christmas comes earlier every year. I think we need a time of the year where we are preparing for absolutely nothing and buying absolutely nothing. Okay – I’ve just made up my mind. It’s happening!

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