Thrifting Your Costume -The Goodwill NY/NJ Halloween Challenge

Hi friends! You know that I’m a huge crazytown fan of Goodwill! Goodwill is by far one of my favorite places to shop (evidence, evidence), but more importantly I really admire the tremendous good they do in the communities they serve (evidence, evidence).

So what is the Goodwill Halloween Challenge?- Find items for your costume for under $30 at any local Goodwill. I LOVE Halloween and love Goodwill so this was really a project made in heaven :).

(photo sources: risky business, pulp fiction, breakfast at tiffany’s)

White Shirt Costume Ideas

  • Tom Cruise, Risky Business-Add some socks & enthusiastic dancing.
  • Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction-Add Black pants, dark lipstick, bobbed hair & cool girl dancing.
  • Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s Add sleeping mask (diy Breakfast at Tiffany’s mask here), french twist, & cat. P.S.-this was my costume last year, you can see that here.


(photo sources: golden girls, miss cleo, dynasty, florence welch, married with children)

Dated Dresses

  • Golden Girls-Grab 3 friends, add big clip-on earrings, nude tights, tease your hair into a fro and add gray.
  • Miss Cleo-Add a turban (diy here), tarot cards or crystal ball, make a sign with 800 number and carry around a phone.
  • Dynasty– Grab some friends, add blingy jewelry & teases hair.
  • Florence Welch, Florence + the Machine-Add mic, red hair & milkmaid braid (diy here).


(photo sources: dita von teese. betty and veronica, joan holloway)

Basics-Pencil Skirt + Blouse or Tee

  • Dita Von Teese-Add red lipstick, fishnet stocking, long gloves & old Hollywood wave.
  • Betty & Veronica-Grab a friend, add quote bubbles, ponytails and bangs.
  • Joan Holloway, Mad Men– Add clip on earrings & pen on a necklace.


(photo sources: miss piggy, the ring, carrie)

Girly Dresses

  • Miss Piggy-Add snout, ears, blonde hair, glove & pearls.
  • Creepy Crawling Girld, The Ring-Add some dirt and shred dress a bit, comb hair over your face, & pale out your skin.
  • Carrie– Add lots and lot and lots of fake blood.


(photo sources: betty boop, pretty woman, hunger games)

Red Dress

  • Betty Boop-Pin hair to shape, add gold hoop earrings & jewelry, fishnet stockings, garter and black & white dog.
  • Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman-Add white gloves, costume jewelry + necklace case, laugh hysterically all night long.
  • Katniss, Hunger Games-Add bronze makeup, tulle corsage, and mockingjay pin.


So what Halloween Costume did I choose?

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I’ve had a crush on this Lichtenstein girl costume for YEARS now, ever since I saw this amazing version of the costume. So I chose the red pencil skirt and the white men’s dress shirt from my potential costume picks, added a thought bubble made from paper, pipe cleaners, and a headband, donned a pair of heels to finally make the costume I dreamed of :).

I initially painted my face white like my inspiration costume, but didn’t really like the effect on me (I may be too olive or something), so I decided to just lighten my face a bit with baby powder then added loads of red dots with lipstain and a q-tip, then outlined my features with a black liquid eyeliner pen. Important note: Makeup came off really easily. I also added some pipe cleaners in my hair opposed to using a wig-thought it added to that drawn look.

So friends, do you know what you’re going to be?!?! Did you get any inspiration from here!?

(Disclosure: Goodwill NY/NJ provided clothes for participating in the Goodwill Halloween Challenge-note to reader)



  1. jillian m. October 23, 2012 / 8:11 am

    OMG. You are too cute in that video! I was weirdly excited to watch it. And honestly, you’ve just given me some great last-minute ideas for a Halloween/bday party I’m going to. I like the idea of Tom Cruise in Risky Business – so easy. I LOVE the Holly Golightly idea too b/c it’s not the typical black dress that so many other people go for. The trick would be finding that sleeping mask. I’m kind of tossed up. Thanks girl!
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    • Jamillah October 23, 2012 / 7:41 pm

      girl, i was audrey hepburn last year you could totally use my mask, i diy’d it.

  2. Rocquelle Porch October 23, 2012 / 10:09 am

    I’ve never really been into dressing up for Halloween, but I love the options and ideas you shared. More than anything, your costume idea is TOO CUTE!! I love it!!
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  3. Jenmarie October 23, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    I love the way you put this together and haven’t seen any sort of Halloween costume tips on any blog until this one! I love the creativity you put into your custome too! Great job!

  4. Franca October 23, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    I LOVE your costume! I have to show this to my husband, he loves Liechtenstein!
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  5. FASHION TALES October 24, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    Love this! haha, you’re so cute in the video! How fun for Goodwill to do this! Not certain what I am doing for Halloween. xx
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    • Jamillah November 14, 2012 / 10:28 am

      thanks julia!!!! i really loved my costume too!

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