“Unique” Halloween Costumes

16 Oct

Halloween is right around the corner! Do you know what that means? It’s time to start searching for the perfect costume. After doing some research I found that whether you look online or at your local Halloween store, costumes these days are very overpriced. What college student has $50.00 to spend on a costume? I searched on dozens of the typical Halloween costume websites to find prices on some of the most popular costumes for this year. Then, I went to a thrift store called Unique and found some really cool pieces to make these costumes at a fraction of the cost. You won’t believe the “unique” costumes I found!

Unique Thrift Store on 30th & Halsted

Check out these sweet deals:


Doctor/Nurse Scrubs: Want to find your McDreamy on Halloween?

Website Price: $20.00 Each

School Girl: You’ll get an “A” with this costume!

Website: $28.88


Thrift Store: $10.05












Britney Spears Cat Suit:  Oops you did it again!

Website: $70.00

Thrift Store: $20.00












Save a Horse Ride a…

Here is a great idea for couples!

Website: $40.00

Thrift Store: $13.00

Website: $79.99

Thrift Store: $13.00











Cowboy Boots:

Authentic cowboy boots are very expensive. I found a pair of women’s boots at Unique for $20.00


Scuba Diver:


Thrift Store: $15.00












Firefighter: Wanna put out my fire?

Website: $59.99

Thrift Store: $13.00












Hugh Hefner Smoking Jacket: Find your perfect playmate

Website: $58.99


Thrift Store: $5.99










Saving Private..

Website: $42.00

Thrift Store: $14.00











I was interested in learning other people’s perspectives about finding the right costume. Therefore, I surveyed several people who shop and work at the Unique thrift store in my neighborhood (Bridgeport).

My friend Kelly who attends Purdue University highly recommended going to Unique as well as the Salvation Army. She said since she is in college and living on a budget, Halloween is not something she can spend her  cash on. She likes finding outrageous pieces of clothing that you won’t find anywhere else. It gives you more options and allows you to express your creativity. When you buy a costume from a store like Party City you run the risk of showing up at a party with the same costume as the girl in your math class.

Katie who attends DePaul University said, “There are many thrift stores and re-sale shops throughout the city. I would much rather spend my money on the essentials rather than a costume i’m going to wear for one night. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out your local thrift store!”

In addition, I talked to a woman named Wanda, and she is an employee at Unique. Wanda said that Monday is their busiest day, because everything is 1/2 off. Also, Wanda recommends  waiting at least 2 weeks before Halloween to look for a costume, because during that time many people are shopping for new Fall and Winter clothes; which means that they’ll most likely donate their old clothes. According to Wanda, if you wait you can find some of the craziest clothing options at a great price!

I visited the Unique located at 3000 S. Halsted street, but if you don’t live near this area fear not!  Unique has 8 different locations around the city. Head to the Unique’s Store website to find more information.


Store Hours:

Monday – 6:00am to 9:00pm

Tuesday to Saturday – 8:00am to 9:00pm

Sunday – 10:00am to 6:00pm

You don’t have to break the bank to win “Best Costume” at that Halloween Party you are going to. So my challenge to you is to go out and create your own costume this year. Send in pictures of your original costume and let’s see who can find the most unique items!

Trick or Treat!


One Response to ““Unique” Halloween Costumes”


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