Halloween Shopping in Seattle, Part II

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Halloween costume ideas …

So, you know that Display & Costume and Champion Party Supply have a big selection of ready-made Halloween costumes — but where can you go if you don’t want to spend a lot of money and/or you want to do something original and creative? One option is to check out your local Value Village.

Each October, Value Village brings in a large variety of new (and some used) Halloween costumes and accessories — this year the Halloween store is called “Dr. Frankenfrugal’s Halloween Factory”. Although the quality isn’t what you would find at a place like Display & Costume, the selection is good and the prices even better. I had been looking for a curly blonde wig at Display and Costume, but couldn’t find the right style — and certainly didn’t want to spend $26.99 or more for it. This past Saturday, I checked out Value Village’s Halloween wigs and discovered tons of different styles, all at very reasonably prices. Of course they’re hideously tacky and not very well made, but I’m guessing the one I bought will survive one or two nights of partying — and at $5.98 I’m not going to care if it falls apart shortly thereafter.

If you’re looking for fake blood or vampire fangs or a “sexy” bunny suit, you’ll probably be able to find it here. But the really great thing about Value Village for Halloween is all the other stuff they sell on a daily basis. This year, I’m making my boyfriend’s and my own costume from the ground up and I’ve been hunting all over town for a long shopping list of necessary supplies. I was happy to find the wig I needed at the Halloween store, but went to Value Village looking more for several critical pieces of raw material. Most importantly, I needed a particular style of sandal, one that could be modified as necessary, but would be sturdy and comfortable to walk in. The thrift store gods smiled upon me and directed me to an almost brand new pair of Adrienne Vittadinis (!) for $6.99. (They’re not at all a style I would normally wear, but I’m almost going to feel bad about covering them with vinyl and spray painting them bronze.) I also needed a thick, brown man’s belt and a small plastic toy ball, both of which I found for less than $1.

Although Value Village specializes in used clothing, they also carry used drapes, tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets, pillows, fabric remnants, and odds and ends of craft supplies. While a lot of this stuff is utter junk, some of it is quite fabulous. In the Capitol Hill housewares basement, I saw (among many other things): a nice piece of red fake fur, a large emerald green velvet curtain panel, and several sets of children’s cartoon character bed sets. I don’t know what kind of a costume you could make with any one of these items, but I’m sure a creative mind could find some use for them. (If all else fails, put eyeholes in a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers or Scooby Doo twin sheet and come as “The Ghost of Saturday Mornings Past”.)

[The Value Village Halloween Factory website has a cute Create Your Own Costume flash utility that kids might enjoy. There’s also a silly little Costume Idea Generator.]

1 Comment so far

  1. Scotto (unregistered) on October 17th, 2005 @ 11:57 pm

    my god, how did they ever get catherine o’hara to model for that packaging?



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