Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

DIY your kid’s Halloween costume at Goodwill!

Halloween is coming soon! For kids, that means candy, costumes and staying up past bedtime. For parents, it means scrambling for a costume, wrangling kids on the sidewalk and trying to calm a sugar rush. 

While Goodwill can’t help with a sugar rush and keeping kids on a sidewalk, we can help you with a fun DIY costume! Here’s a few ideas. 

80’s kid

Pick up a denim skirt, tights, neon top and fanny pack from one of our 19 stores, then add some fun 80’s accessories like leg warmers and gloves and you’re ready for a totally tubular Halloween, dude!


It’s a bird….it’s a plane…it’s a bat? DIYing sometimes requires a bit of sewing skills. For this costume, find a black hoodie, and black and white t-shirt. With a few cuts of the t-shirts for wings, ears and teeth and a few passes through the sewing machine your kid will be flying into the night. 

Pretty Princess/flower girl

One year my daughter wanted to go trick or treating in a “beautiful dress.” While we fortunately had a pretty flower girl dress she had worn in a wedding a few months prior, Goodwill is a great place to create a beautiful princess or flower girl costume! Find a sequined dress, add some tights and pretty shoes and a little basket for a flower girl. Or, to go as a princess, add a crown and you’ve got a pretty easy costume for much less than a store bought halloween dress!

When you DIY costumes with the help of your kids, you’re creating memories that last a lifetime! So this year, consider creating a costume from what you find at Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. 

Ohio Valley Goodwill makes it simple and quick to donate or shop in Cincinnati. In addition to clothing, we accept donations of housewares, shoes, kitchenware and more!

Learn more about how to donate and where to find your nearest store. Thank you so much for supporting our mission to help people with disabilities and veterans.