The $10 or Less Halloween Costume Challenge

Can you create a killer Halloween costume for $10 or less?

That’s a Low-Cost Costume — and we want to see it!

This gorilla suit is on sale at Goodwill's Washington Heights store for just $4.99. For that price, you can have a costume - and $5.01 left for bananas.

This gorilla suit is on sale at Goodwill's Washington Heights store for just $4.99. For that price, you can have a costume - and $5.01 left for bananas.

Stating today, we’re holding a Low-Cost Costume Photo Fashion Show on our Facebook Fan Page. And on October 25th, we’re taking the virtual actual with a real-live Low-Cost Costume Clothing Swap and Costume-Making Party in downtown NYC.

Why are we doing this? Because we’re tired of these pricey, wasteful, predictable, plastic-wrapped costumes. Let’s be smart –  let’s be crafty – let’s be green – and let’s make our own costumes together this year. Let’s make 2009 the year of the Low-Cost Costume!

Participate in our Low-Cost Costume Photo Fashion Show and share pics of your own Low-Cost Costumes (past or present) on our Facebook Fan Page (or email us at and we’ll post em for you!). You can upload your photos and browse through the page for some one-of-a-kind ideas. Click the “Like” thumbs-up button to vote for your favorites and we’ll show off the top picks in A Good Looks Photo Fashion Show the week before Halloween. The winner will get to be our guest-blogger here at A Good Look and will be our official GoodwillNyNj Low-Cost Costume Maven 2009. Good luck, you crafty kids!*

Scared to take the Low-Cost Costume Challenge? Don’t be! We’re here to help:

On Sunday, October 25th, we’re throwing a Low-Cost Costume Clothing Swap & Costume-Making Party from 3pm-7pm at Boxcar Lounge (168 Avenue B, between East 10th Street and East 11th Street).  We’ll have local designers, fashion bloggers, and great crafters on-hand to help out. They’ll be there to help you make your creative dreams a Low-Cost Costume reality.

Just show up with at Boxcar Lounge with a bag of freshly cleaned, lightly used clothes. If you can’t bring anything, we’ll request a $5 donation at the door.  Everyone will be able to leave with a bag stuffed with whatever they need to make their own costume just in time for Halloween.

Keep in touch with us afterwards and we’ll showcase this year’s best Low-Cost Costumes on our blog, our Facebook Page and our Twitter.

Because no one in their right mind would choose to increase carbon emissions, support sweatshop labor and fork over $40 plus tax just to be the second Sexy Harem Girl in the room – especially when it’s so easy to make something infinitely better ourselves.

So let’s have some fun, support our community, and make Halloween 2009 the most creative holiday yet!

Happy Halloween!

Don’t forget, you can either upload your pics on Facebook, or email them to us at and we’ll do the work for you.


5 thoughts on “The $10 or Less Halloween Costume Challenge

  1. Mark says:

    My Son Loved it for Halloween

    We ordered this for my son as his Halloween costume since he had been talking about going as an astronaut since we went to the Air and Space Museum in DC this past summer. It came a day or 2 before the scheduled delivery date, and it also arrived in perfect condition. He loved it , so we loved it.


    • goodwillnynj says:

      Adorable suit! We hope that now that Halloween’s over, you guys encourage the growing boy (and future astronaut) to thinking about donating it to Goodwill. We bet there’s another aspiring spaceman out there who would love the costume next Halloween.

      Thank you for sharing!


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