Product review: secondhand Halloween costumes from my coworker

Halloween is almost here and oh my goodness, I’m so … not really into Halloween.

There was this one Halloween party I went to a million years ago in third-year university. I was excited to finally spend some time with this dude I was seeing. He’d been busy, so he hadn’t had time to see me for a few weeks and I’m sure you can already tell where this is going.

I dressed up as a ray of sunshine that year (très creative, no?). It was a theatre party, because we were theatre students and that’s … how it works. Anyway, I felt pretty good in my homemade ensemble of yellow tulle, ribbons, Doc Martens and probably some mini butterfly hair clips because yes, it was that long ago. And when I saw him, I was feeling all the feelings (including intoxicated). It was magical.

He took my arm, ushered me to a quiet corner, pulled me close, and murmured:

“So have I told you I’m going out with another girl?”

She was there, too. Dressed up as Britney fucking Spears in that schoolgirl video. I spent the rest of the evening watching them dance and laugh and touch each other, because my ride wasn’t leaving for another couple hours.

Halloween has never been quite the same.

When you have kids, there’s this expectation that you’ll transform into a non-cynical, non-curmudgeonly person who jumps on every commercial-holiday bandwagon. And to some extent you have to, and that’s okay because it isn’t all about you anymore, right? And it’s even a little bit fun, even if you don’t like to admit it. Plus, in making holidays magical for your children, maybe you can also recapture some of the joy and wonder you used to feel before That Bastard Dave came along and ruined everything.

This Halloween, I’m determined to put on a festive face (is that a real thing?) for the sake of my sweet offspring — so I was thrilled when my coworker C reached out to ask if I’d be interested in trying out her kids’ old Halloween costumes.

Free costumes? Yes please!

I love getting hand-me-down clothes at no charge, so this partnership was a great fit for me and my blog. Here’s a review of our experience with coworker C and her secondhand Halloween costumes!

Review: Secondhand Halloween costumes from C


The first thing I noticed about getting secondhand costumes Halloween from C was how easy it was. I didn’t even have to think about whether the small one needed a costume! One morning we were chatting in the office kitchen, and she just asked if I wanted her kids’ costumes. The fact that she reminded me was a real bonus, and made the service feel extra personalized.

I let C know that I did indeed need a costume, since Halloween is on a Monday and I didn’t want our daycare to think I was a terrible mother. The small one doesn’t know the difference, of course, but our daycare teachers know! They can tell which parents are good parents, and which ones are garbage humans who fail to do things like get their kid a Halloween costume or dress them in matching socks or sign them up for Mandarin classes or whatever. Anyway, C pretty much saved my reputation with daycare.

Shipping and delivery

The shipping process was an absolute breeze, and soon enough, not one but TWO costumes arrived at my office! C even hand-delivered them, which was a nice touch.

L-R: Dragon, Pumpkin
L-R: Dragon, Pumpkin

Product selection and quality

If I had one criticism of C’s service, it would have to be the selection. The costumes were adorable, but there were literally only two to choose from. If C wants to edge out the competition, she might want to increase her inventory. That said, I did love the products and shopping local is very important to me, so the lack of selection wasn’t a deal-breaker. And the limited options did give me more of a boutique-y feel — kind of like that food truck downtown that only sold chicken sandwiches, or the pizzeria that closes for the night when they run out of dough. I’m a sucker for cachet.

The costumes were a little long in the arms and legs but other than that, they fit great! I quite liked the pumpkin, but the small one had a slightly smaller meltdown in the dragon costume so I think that’s the one we’ll go with. I can’t wait to take her trick-or-treating and then eat all her candy because she’s 1 and doesn’t know any better! We’ve officially recaptured the Halloween magic, and it’s all thanks to C’s kids’ costumes.

The verdict

All in all, I would definitely recommend C and her service. Five stars!

Get the look!

Want to get your hands on C’s kids’ hand-me-downs? For more information … get your own coworker. This one’s mine.

That Bastard Dave, on the other hand, is all yours if you want him. Just in case secondhand Halloween boyfriends from 2000 are your thing.

He probably isn’t a bastard anymore.

Happy Halloween from our family to yours!

secondhand halloween costumes
Little dragon. (it’s tough to get a non-blurry picture of this one these days)

DISCLOSURE: I received these products for free in exchange for nothing because this isn’t a real sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

1 Comment

  1. C says: Reply

    This cracks me up!! Thanks for making my weekend brighter! Loved reading this!

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