Halloween is next week, but there’s still time to order your Halloween costume from Thrifty Vintage Kitten! There are lots of awesome retro Halloween costume ideas out there and the shop if full of dresses to make your costume epic. For example…

You want to go as a Mad Men character…

Vintage 1960s mad men dress

Vintage Mad Men dress

Or, a 1950s June Cleaver…

Vintage 1950s dress

1950s housewife dress

Or, Daphne Blake from 1969’s Scooby Doo…

Vintage 1960s dress

1960s Scooby Doo costume

Or, Marilyn Monroe from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes…

1960s long cocktail dress

1960s Marilyn Monroe

Or, Olivia Wilde’s character, Suzy Miller, in “Rush”…

Vintage 1970s pimp coat

Suzy Miller coat from “Rush”

Or, Jackie Kennedy…

Vintage 1960s Jackie Kennedy costume

Jackie Kennedy costume

Or, a Masters of Sex character…

Masters of Sex costume

Masters of Sex character costume


The shop has them all, plus lots of other ideas! All images are linked. Happy Halloween! I’d love to hear your Halloween costume ideas! Post them below!







Rear Window

James Stewart and Grace Kelly in “Rear Window,” 1954


I’m back today with more great retro Halloween costume ideas. This time I’m focusing on the 1950s. The 50s had some really iconic TV show characters stemming from shows like, Leave it to Beaver, The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and Father Knows Best. And as far as movies go, films like, Rear Window, Some Like It Hot, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Dial M For Murder offer up a bunch of really incredible costume ideas. Leave your ‘sexy cop’ costume for someone else. These demur 1950s frocks are classy, classic, and guarantee a best costume contest win.

Let’s start with a 1950’s TV mom. TV moms of the 1950s did it all! They kept their homes tidy, were always available to offer comforting hugs and helpful advice, and put dinner on the table every night–all while wearing a dress. I wonder how they’d feel about the yoga pant invasion of today? (I have to be real for a moment…how do you scrub a floor in a dress? Thank god for leggings.)


Donna Reed

Donna Reed in “The Donna Reed Show”, 1958

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Each day this week I’ll be posting a collection of vintage costume ideas from my shop, Thrifty Vintage Kitten!

Mad Men costume Don and Betty Draper

My husband and me as Don and Betty Draper, Halloween 2010. This was the very first vintage dress I bought!

It’s October 1st and by the looks of all the Halloween decorations popping up on the houses in my neighborhood, I’d say it’s time to start Halloween costume shopping! Thrifty Vintage Kitten is stocked FULL of vintage dresses that would make awesome Halloween costumes. I know back in 2010, before I even owned a vintage clothing shop, or actually even really knew what Etsy was, I was on a hunt for a vintage 50s housewife dress so I could go as Betty Draper. I searched high and low through every thrift store I could find, but I came up empty handed. Little did I know all the best stuff I was looking for existed right on Etsy! I ended up finding a pretty dress (shown above) but I did overpay. You won’t have that problem at Thrifty Vintage Kitten! My shop has great prices and an incredible inventory.

So to start off this week’s series, I present you with Mad Men-inspired looks. (Or have you seen the new series from Showtime, Masters of Sex? Whoa. All I can say.) These garments would all fit into that era perfectly!

Vintage Mad Men Costumes1.Here 2. Here 3. Here 4. Here

1960s cocktail dresses

5. Here 6. Here 7. Here


1960s wiggle dresses


8. Here 9. Here 10. Here 11. Here

Tomorrow I’ll be back with 1950s costumes! Want to go as a character from Leave it to Beaver? A Hitchcock film, maybe? Or The Honeymooners? I’ve got you covered!