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Publish Date: October 6, 2022

Top 5 Halloween Thrift Store Costumes for 2022

Are you looking for a killer Halloween thrift store costume? Look no further! We have created a list of some of the most popular Halloween thrift store costumes for 2022! Best of all, you can find everything you need for these costumes at your local thrift store. 

Don’t worry - you don’t need to be a thrift shopping pro to create these DIY Halloween thrift store costumes. You’ll be able to find everything you need at your local Goodwill.

Ready to discover 5 Halloween thrift store costumes that are perfect for 2022? Let’s get into it!

Halloween Thrift Store Costumes Perfect for 2022

In addition to being popular, these are some of our favourite DIY Halloween costumes!

1. Superheroes

Superhero Halloween thrift store costumes from Goodwill
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The most popular Halloween thrift store costumes, by far, are superheroes. 

Ok, ok, we know, that’s a bit vague. So, here are some of our top superhero costume ideas for 2022.


Do you love Disney’s new She-Hulk series? Then, why not dress up as She-Hulk? This fun costume is simple to put together. Plus, there are two versions to choose from. 

Create a classic She-Hulk look with the following pieces from your local thrift store.

  • Purple pants
  • White tanktop
  • Combat boots (or other black boots)
  • Biker gloves

Alternatively, go for an “office look” with these items:

  • Dark suit (or dark pants and blazer)
  • Red or white dress shirt
  • Heels

Don’t forget - She-Hulk is green from head to toe! So, be sure to grab some green body paint (or a green full-body suit).


Joker Halloween from the thrift store
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Is the Joker more your style? This epic costume is a classic and extremely popular for Halloween 2022. Best of all, you’ll find everything you need at your local thrift shop! 

To create the perfect Halloween thrift store Joker costume, head to a Goodwill near you and find the following items.

  • Suit (pants and jacket - preferably in red or purple)
  • Vest (green or yellow)
  • Dress shirt (green or yellow)
  • Dress shoes

For the ultimate Joker costume, don’t forget to pick up these extras:

  • Green wig or hair dye
  • Facepaint (blue or black, red, and white)


Superman Halloween thrift store costume from Goodwill Alberta
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One of the most popular Halloween thrift store costumes of all time is Superman. This fun (and easily recognizable) costume is effortless to create. But, most importantly, it’s super comfy - so you can celebrate all night long!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the perfect DIY Superman costume:

  • Superman t-shirt (or a plain blue shirt)
  • White dress shirt
  • Black pants (or skirt)

Want to elevate your Superman costume? Here are a few add-ons that you can use to take your Superman costume to the next level:

  • Red tie
  • Suspenders (black, preferably)
  • Glasses (with black frames)

2. Nurse - The Ideal Halloween Thrift Store Costume

Nurse Halloween thrift store costumes
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Want a quick and easy DIY Halloween thrift store costume? Dress up as a nurse! For this costume, you’ll need just one thing - scrubs!

Good news - there’s no shortage of scrubs at your local Goodwill! Stop by our thrift stores in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, etc., to find everything you need to become a nurse for the night.

Bonus points for adding these additional props to your costume:

  • Medical gloves
  • Stethoscope
  • Nurse's cap

3. Top Gun's Rooster

Rooster from Top Gun Halloween costume from Goodwill thrift store Calgary
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Have you seen Tom Cruise’s new Top Gun: Maverick movie? If so, we’re willing to bet you know who Rooster is. As the son of the iconic Goose (from the first Top Gun movie), it’s no wonder Rooster has become a fan favourite!

If Rooster is the right costume for you, there are two variations that we love - casual Rooster and flying Rooster.

You’ll need the following items to pull together these Halloween thrift store costumes.

Casual Rooster

  • Button-down shirt
  • White undershirt
  • Aviator sunglasses
  • Fake (or real!) mustache

Flying Rooster

  • Olive green jumpsuit (or pants and shirt)
  • Leather jacket
  • Combat boots
  • Aviator sunglasses
  • Mustache

4. The Sanderson Sisters (Hocus Pocus)

Witch Halloween costume from Goodwill thrift store in Edmonton
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There’s nothing better than a nostalgic Halloween costume. Better yet, this nostalgic trio was revamped in 2022. Of course, we’re talking about the beloved Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus!

These witchy costumes are perfect for Halloween 2022 - whether you have a trio or are dressing up solo.

Here’s what you’ll need to create these Halloween thrift store costumes.

Winifred Sanderson

Winifred, the eldest Sanderson sister, is known for her clever, witty and dramatic (but evil) personality. To become Winifred, you’ll need:

  • Purple dress
  • Green cape
  • Black tights or stockings
  • Black boots
  • Red wig

Mary Sanderson

Mary is the middle Sanderson sister and Winifred's right-hand man (or witch). To create the perfect Mary Sanderson costume, look for the following at thrift stores near you:

  • Long, flowing dress (burnt orange, deep red, and dark purple colours are preferable). An orange vest and shirt with a dark skirt will also work.
  • Dark red or burnt orange cape
  • Black boots
  • Black wig (with purple highlights, if possible)

Big bonus points if you can shape your wig (or hair) like a witches hat!

Sarah Sanderson

Sarah Sanderson is the youngest sister - and also the most flirtatious. She may not be the brightest of the bunch, but she brings light-hearted fun to the group. Bring out your inner Sarah with the help of these costume pieces:

  • Long, colourful dress (preferably in red, purple and pink). A shirt/pants or shirt/skirt combo in these colours will also work.
  • Purple cape
  • Fishnet stockings
  • Black boots
  • Blonde wig

5. The Stranger Things Crew

Stranger Things Halloween costumes
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Do you love Stranger Things (who doesn’t)? This host of interesting characters offers many options for fun and creative Halloween thrift store costumes. Make this a group costume, or choose your favourite character! 

There’s a whole lineup of crazy kids to choose from, but here are some of our favs for Halloween 2022.


To become Eleven, you’ll need these items:

  • Light pink dress
  • Knee-high socks
  • Sneakers
  • Blonde wig


Look for these pieces at your local thrift store to dress up as Max:

  • Light blue track jacket
  • Checkered t-shirt
  • Dark jeans
  • Sneakers
  • Red wig

Bonus: pair these clothing items with a walkman and headphones for the ultimate Max costume.


Harness your inner Dustin with the following:

  • Short-sleeve button-down shirt
  • Black and white long-sleeve shirt
  • Trucker hat with mesh 
  • Beigh pants
  • Sneakers

Bonus: take your Dustin costume to the next level with a short, curly, brown wig.


To dress like Steve, check out a Goodwill thrift shop near you for the following items:

  • Dark green vest
  • Striped, collared shirt (with short sleeves)
  • Brown belt
  • Dark jeans
  • Sneakers


Complete Eddie’s look with:

  • Light-coloured jean vest
  • Black and white long-sleeved shirt
  • Black pants
  • White sneakers

Bonus points if you can add a shaggy, black, mid-length wig to this ensemble!


Become cool-dude Argyle with these fun and colourful clothing items:

  • Yellow t-shirt
  • White long-sleeve
  • Bright short sleeve button down
  • Colourful pants
  • Tye dye socks
  • Black sneakers
  • Long, dark wig
  • Yellow visor

Where to Find Your Halloween Thrift Store Costume

Are you ready for Halloween? At Goodwill Alberta, our shelves are stocked and we’re ready to go with everything you need for a perfectly spooky night!

If you’re wondering - where is a thrift store near me where I can find the items above? We’ve got you covered! 

Goodwill thrift stores across Alberta have everything you need to build the perfect costume for Halloween 2022! You’ll be on your way to “best costume” in no time!

Here are some of the best thrift store locations to pick up your costume components.

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