Last Minute Halloween Ideas from the Thrift Store

Contributed by: Tijana McAllister of A Plentiful Life, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.


Sometimes it can be difficult to find what you need for Halloween. You may have a last minute Halloween party to dress up for, or you decided to hand out candy but haven’t thought of any décor or maybe you are having some people over and need a simple table setting. Let’s go through some last minute Halloween ideas you can find at your local Salvation Army thrift store.


Imagine taking the affordable mismatched skulls above from the Salvation Army thrift store and transforming them into something more cohesive and eye catching for your front door. All you need is 5 minutes and a little spray paint! 




It always happens, you receive a last minute Halloween party invite but have NOTHING to wear! The Salvation Army thrift store is a great place to find last minute Halloween costumes on a budget. Both of the costumes above cost only $10! Write down a few costume ideas and take them with you to your local thrift store.



If you’ve decided to stay home and hand out candy to all of the adorable kids in your neighborhood, then you need to create a spooky setting! The Costume Party Zone at the Salvation Army thrift store doesn’t only carry costumes they also have A LOT of Halloween decorations. Everything from the Halloween decorated front door above was thrifted! And the thrifted décor only cost $25.


The DIY skull vase used a thrifted skull from the Salvation Army that only cost 99 cents! If you are hosting a dinner or having friends over for a party, then this is a really easy last minute Halloween project! All you need are some season flowers and branches to complete the look.


Last minute Halloween décor or costumes does not have to cost a lot! Get creative and see what you can find at your local Salvation Army thrift store. You’ll be ready to spook the kids or head to a party in no time!