CLEVELAND - Dressing up for Halloween doesn't have to be a scare for your wallet. We scoured the racks at a local goodwill store with a thrift shopping expert.
Stacey Kay finds all kinds of deals at Goodwill and blogs about her hunting trips.
"Really, you never know what you're going to find," Kay said. It's a trip you may want to try if you're looking for a cheap Halloween costume.
"Either you have something in mind that you're looking for or you're coming here with a completely open mind. Either way is good, as long as once you get here you're willing to kind of go with the flow and see what's here," she said.
For ideas, think of your favorite characters from past decades. Kay found a leather trench coat in the special Halloween section, and used it as a start piece for a Dick Tracy-inspired detective costume. She found a hat to go with it, as well as pants and a button down shirt in the regular clothing section, all for a total price of just more than $20.
If you didn't want to be a detective, an Asian-inspired kimono can be used to go as a geisha girl, while an old white graduation gown can be the start of an angle costume, or a black one for a wizard.
Whatever you come up with you're sure to be the only one with your costume, since what you find at Goodwill is one of a kind. But that also means shop early, since supplies are limited.
"Our fall months are typically some of the busiest and most successful here at goodwill, all thanks to Halloween," said Crista Adamczyk, community relations coordinator for Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio.
They also have costumes for the kids, your pets, and Halloween decorations as well.
For more Goodwill shopping ideas from Stacey Kay, visit www.goodwillhuntingg.com .