How to Find the Right Halloween Costume

Written by on September 10, 2010 in Entertainment, Halloween, Party Tips with 4 Comments

halloween costume ideasTips on how to find the right Halloween costume, plus a description of a Halloween Costume Exchange party. Finding the right costume for Halloween is a labor of love!

If your search for how to find the right Halloween costume includes expensive elaborate ideas like the one shown in the picture, here’s a forum that shows different Venetian masks. I found this picture by searching Google images for “how to find the right Halloween costume.”

The following tips for Halloween will help you find the right costume before October 31 arrives!

Before the tips, a quip:



“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” – Sir Author Conan Doyle.

The best way to find the right Halloween costume is to use your imagination, whether you’re going for horrific or terrific. For instance, if you use your imagination, you’ll see that characters in the Toy Story movie aren’t just for kids’ Halloween costumes! You can dress up in the  Toy Story – Jessie Classic Adult Costume and take a trip back to your youth.

How to Find the Right Halloween Costume

Think back to your childhood Halloween costumes. When you were a kid, did you wear fairy princess, Peter Pan, or scary witch costumes? Or maybe you gravitated towards Superman or Spiderman costumes. A creative way to find the right Halloween costume is to take a trip down memory lane. Ask your parents and other family members what they remember about your childhood costumes. Their memories may lead you to the perfect Halloween costume!

Find a Halloween costume that suits your personality. We went to a Goth Halloween party last year, and I wore your typical Goth Halloween costume: heavy black makeup, black nail polish, black tights, a little black dress, and black boots. I didn’t like it at all, because I don’t like wearing black. I find it depressing and morose, and I didn’t have a great time at that Halloween party. My best tip on how to find the right Halloween costume is to incorporate your personality and style. Find a costume you feel happy and good in.

Narrow your options into a few specific categories. Since I’m not into Goth or black clothes, I’m not interested in vampires, evil witches, or anything that is ghoulish or scary. I’m also not into dressing like celebrities (Lady Gaga or Angelina Jolie), superheros (Wonder Woman) or sexy fairy costumes. What does that leave? Lots! This year, I’m leaning towards an animal costume for Halloween: a bunny, puppy, lion, cat, mouse, or giraffe. When you’re looking for the right Halloween costume, eliminate certain categories from the very beginning – it’ll make your search easier.

Here’s a list of Halloween costume categories to consider:

Go to vintage stores, antique shops, and second hand thrift stores. The Value Village thrift store chain has an amazing selection of both store-bought and home Halloween costumes every year. My husband and I go to Value Village for our costumes, and usually have more ideas than we can use! Grab a friend and spend the afternoon browsing the racks for the right Halloween costume.

Search Craigslist and e-Bay for ideas on how to find the right Halloween costume. Searching the internet for the right Halloween costume may give you more options than you can handle. Instead, narrow your search to smaller sites, like Craigslist and e-Bay. Both websites are small enough that you won’t feel overwhelmed, but big enough to yield some creative possibilities.

Ask your friends, family, and coworkers about their old costumes. My favorite tip for finding the right Halloween costume is to go to a Halloween Costume Exchange Party, where you can trade Halloween costumes with family and friends. But not everybody likes to wear previously used Halloween costumes; so my second favorite tip for Halloween costumes is to ask people what they’ve worn in the past. I bet your friends and coworkers have some great ideas up their sleeve.

Work with your size and shape. If you’re pregnant or overweight, find a Halloween costume you’ll feel great in! Princess Fiona from Shrek, Santa Claus, a pumpkin, or Mimi from the Drew Carey show are great examples of Halloween costumes that are creative yet comfortable. .

More Halloween Costume Ideas, Tips, and Tricks:

Plus my all-time most popular Halloween article: Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women.

If you have any tips on how to find the right Halloween costume, please comment below!

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  1. lisaallcoup says:

    Heya! yoou can get Free Shipping coupon codes on Kids Costumes, buy adult costumes and get discount coupons at Costume Kingdom

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your comments! I definitely think thrift shops and vintage stores are the best way to find the right Halloween costume. I’m not a shopper, but even I like to browse around, looking for Halloween accessories :-)

  3. Chris says:

    You have some great ideas there. I also find vintage stores and thrift shops a great way to find costume pieces. I also go to garage sales after halloween and prepare for next year.

  4. Harriet says:

    That costume looks great! The only problem I find with fancy dress costumes is that they are so expensive. I find it easier to go to a cheap clothing shop and make my own!

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