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Halloween Costumes

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Scary Man
Patricia E Green

Halloween is a few short weeks away. Are you giving or going to a costume party? How about your children, will they be going trick or treating? If you answered yes to one of these questions then you will probably be in need of a costume or two. There are several options you might want to consider for obtaining this year’s costumes. You can re-use last year’s, make new ones, swap with friends, rent or purchase new ones.

Sunday October 9 is National Costume Swap Day. Swapping costumes is the way to go if you want to be green and also save some money. If you can’t find a swap in your area, consider setting one up. Green Halloween provides the how-to and a place to promote your swap on line.

If swapping costumes is not an option, or doesn’t provide you with your dream disguise, then you may want to try to rent a costume. Boston Costume in Cambridge rents costumes in 14 categories. You can go on line to see what they have, request the costume and once availability is confirmed you can pick it up at the store. Boston Costume rents costumes for adults, but does have a couple of children’s costumes for sale. You can also purchase makeup, wigs, shoes, and other accessories to complete your look. The Costume Company in Arlington rents, sells and custom designs costumes. You’ll need to go to the store to see what they have and rent your costume, but if you go to their web site you can get an idea of the kinds of costumes that are available. Here too most of the costumes are for adults, but there are a few available for children. In Revere you can rent costumes at Totally Halloween which is located at 147 Squire Rd, Revere, MA 02151-1201 (781) 284-5134.

In addition to the rental options above, there are costume shops that are strictly Halloween focused. In the spirit of Halloween there’s the Halloween Outlet in Worcester. A bit of a drive from Boston, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for locally then you may want to go out there. The Halloween Outlet is 30,000 square feet making it the largest costume store in the area. In addition to a huge selection of props, accessories and costumes for sale, they also have rental costumes. Another Halloween focused costume store is Spirit at the Cambridgeside Galleria and elsewhere in MA, NH and RI. They have a selection of costumes (for purchase) for the entire family including the family dog, and you might even be able to find what you’re looking for on sale.

Other options for purchasing Halloween costumes are Dorothy’s Boutique in Boston, specializing in women’s costumes and accessories. Check out their website for their in-store coupon. In Waltham you can go to J&N Joke Shop where you’ll find costumes for you and your children. iParty located in Boston, Brighton and many other places in the area can help you with everything you need to throw a Halloween party including costumes for your whole family.

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