Halloween is like Christmas for thrift shops.  People come in droves to find inexpensive unique costumes and that’s a good thing BUT I’ll be happy when things go back to normal in a week or so.  Naturally, I thrift costumes for me and my family every year.  This year, I spent just over $100 to outfit all five of us BUT that included several pieces that will get lots of wear after Halloween!  First up, my *adorable* children who are hopped up on sugar and time change still...

Princess Buttercup
Princess Buttercup.  It was going to be a princess one way or another so at least she veered away from Disney.
Annnnddd shortly after this she threw up at her school Halloween party.
Annnnddd shortly after this she threw up at her school Halloween party.  #winning
He's a 7-year-old man's man and wanted to carry a nerf gun. What I see are pieces he can wear any time - the vest is even reversible!
He’s a 7-year-old man’s man and wanted to carry a Nerf gun, what can I say.  From a practical perspective, he can wear all these pieces any time (minus the gun) – the vest is even reversible!
And he even got a fresh hair cut.
And he even got a fresh hair cut.
Thrifted Halloween
“Mom, can I be the Joker for Halloween?” Me, noting the perfect-condition Jacob purple coat in my size… “I guess so as long as I can have that coat afterwards.”
I'm basically a makeup artist.
I’m basically a makeup artist.  PS. He can wear the plaid top and pants again!

As for Ma and Pa, well, we were inspired by an 80’s classic…

Meet the Ghostbuster: shot of Midori, shot of peach schnapps (a la the 80s) and a few drops of Irish cream! And yes, it's a costume clue!
Meet the Ghostbuster: shot of Midori, shot of peach schnapps (a la the 80s) and a few drops of Irish cream! And yes, it’s a costume clue!
Our inspiration...!
Our inspiration…!
Vinz Clortho and Janine Melnitz
Vinz Clortho and Janine Melnitz

Thrifted Halloween Vinz Clortho and Janine Melnitz costumes

I must admit, it was kinda fun to be a bobbed-redhead for a night!

Thrifted Halloween

Vintage silver earrings! Thanks She Does Create for loaning them to Janine!
Vintage silver earrings! Thanks She Does Create for lending them to Janine!

Janine Melnitz

Trick or treating!
Trick or treating!
My hubby snuck out of our friends' Halloween party to put a pumpkin on his head and light it on fire... all in the name of scaring the crap out of her when she opened the door!
My hubby snuck out of our friends’ Halloween party to put a pumpkin on his head and light it on fire… all in the name of good fun scaring the crap out of her when she opened the door!  Click here and scroll down to see the video!
The family that thrifts together sticks together! Hope you had a safe fun Halloween!
The family that thrifts together sticks together! Hope you had a safe and fun Halloween!

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