Thrifted Halloween costume ideas

One of the most anticipated holidays is Halloween. On this holiday, many people dress up as their favorite superheroes to favorite celebrities. 

Are you wondering why we dress up for Halloween? One of the best thrift stores in Omaha wants to share with you a little background on this spooky holiday and give you the most thrift worthy costume ideas.


Halloween goes back over 2,000 years ago with the Celtics. It started with Celtic people celebrating Samhain on Oct. 31. This holiday was celebrated to mark the end of the harvest season and the end of the Celtic year. They also believed that on this day, ghosts would roam the earth. During this festival, the Celtic people would make large bonfires to keep the spirits away. 


The reason why people dress up on Halloween started with the Celtic people. During their celebration of Samhain, they would dress up as animals to hide from malevolent spirits. Centuries went by and the Europeans started to dress up for what they called “mumming and guising. 

They would dress up, perform songs and exchange food with neighbors. This tradition made its way to the United States when the Irish and Scottish migrated. It was then transformed into the modern-day practice that we know today as “trick-or-treating.” 


Whether you are celebrating Halloween at home or doing some social distancing friendly trick or treating, here are some Halloween costumes that you can thrift at the best thrift stores in Omaha. 

Wednesday Addams

One of the most popular and easy to DIY costumes is Wednesday Addams. All you need is a black long-sleeved dress and a white button-down top. You probably already have both of these items, or you quickly thrift one of these items. 


Are you looking for a more wild west Halloween costume? Dress up a cowboy or cowgirl. You can use some of the items you probably already have in your closet. You will need a plaid shirt, some jeans, boots and a cowboy hat. If you do not own a plaid shirt, try thrifting one. 


If Stranger Things is one of your favorite Netflix shows, go as Eleven. No, you do not need to shave your head. All you need for this costume is a pink dress, a blue jacket and a box of Waffles. 

Joe Exotic

Quarantine brought a lot of things like whipped coffee, banana bread and Tiger King. Dressing up as Joe Exotic is a costume you can thrift. You will need a leopard print shirt, jeans, a belt and hat. 

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

Are you looking for a classy costume? Dress up as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For this costume, you will need a black dress, a pearl necklace, gloves and a little tiara. Thrift stores are a great place to find vintage pearl necklaces at an affordable price. 


Whether you are looking for the last final piece of your Halloween costume or looking for a last-minute one, choose Thrift World. We have four locations in Omaha and one in Independence, Mo. Find your nearest location here

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