For most people, Halloween is about one thing: candy.

For others it’s all about haunted houses and corn mazes.

And, for others, it’s all about costumes.

Arc Thrift Stores is Colorado’s Halloween headquarters and THE place for all things ghoulish, scary, fun, silly, and sweet. And while we take great pride in the fact that our aisles are overflowing with harvest and Halloween decor (both outdoor and indoor), what gives us the biggest thrill is our costume selection.

Every one of our 31 stores along the Front Range and the Western Slope have a bounty of costumes for kids, adults, and pets. We have wigs, makeup, and accessories sure to make whatever goblin or superhero you plan to be perfect! And while we have lots of new, pre-packaged costumes, arc is perhaps best known as the place to go if you are creating your own costume from items found at the stores.

Costume build-outs are fun, creative, and ensure that your night of Trick-or-Treating will be one-of-a-kind. All it takes is an idea and some imagination. Here are two examples of costume build-outs that we have come up with to inspire your own.


Audrey Hepburn’s legendary style and elegance is second to none. But replicating it is easy with a simple stroll through the aisles at arc. This costume is simple and only has six easy-to-find components:

  • Black evening dress
  • Black gloves
  • Black shoes
  • Tiara
  • Sunglasses
  • Pearls

All the items in this build-out were found at arc, but of course, if you have your own shoes or the perfect black evening dress, use those and supplement with the accessories! Do a bit of an up-do hairstyle, and you have the perfect Holly Golightly!


The Breakfast Club is an iconic movie for the ages with characters we all love. Dressing up like Bender and Allison takes but a minute!


  • Jeans
  • Plaid shirt
  • T-shirt
  • Boots
  • Glove
  • Wig


  • Black leggings or jeans
  • Black shirt
  • Black parka

Halloween should be all about fun…not about spending a fortune! The best news about ALL of these costumes is that you can purchase the components for under $25!

Stop by your local arc and get in the spirit!!