Instead of going and buying a new Halloween costume for your self and your kids every year you could check out a thrift store. The Family Crisis Center Thrift Stores have put all their Halloween costumes and Fall decor items on the sales floor. This Halloween is going to be a little different this year, so buy from them, and help them with the great work they do, and help the planet.

They have a store in Lufkin at 206 West Whitehouse Dr. next to Wal-Mart, and in Nacogdoches at 3909 North Street, between Northview Plaza and Atwoods. They are open Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm.

Some people make costumes from just the regular stuff they find at thrift stores. Back in the day, a proper hobo costume could be fashioned from the racks. Now there are nice clean like new Halloween costumes just on the racks to purchase. So either way you go, you will have a recycled costume.

Now I don't think we should have to recycle everything. I don't think I want to use a mask that someone else has worn, but properly cleaned, I guess it could be okay. Kids are good at spotting the fact that you didn't buy this brand new. I suggest putting it in a nice box, with some paper. They will think it's super fresh.

You might be able to find things to make your own classic Halloween costumes. Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein just by looking around and using suits and wedding dresses. I even see a Lufkin Panther Cheerleader costume.