Halloween Costumes for Adults: Trick or Treat?
I knew this day was coming: The day my young daughter would request that my husband and I dress up in costumes for Halloween. You see, I'm six months pregnant and the only thing I can possibly be this year is a giant tomato. And so I began my search for adult Halloween costumes. I looked at online sites, brick-and-mortar stores and even rentals. Here's what I found:
Online: Putting 'Halloween costumes' into Google spits out a ton of sites. But I liked Costume Discounters' lowest price guarantee. If you find the same costume from another Internet retailer that's cheaper, Costume Discounters will sell you theirs for an additional 20 percent off the lower-priced version. The site had several different categories of costumes from angels, devils and clowns to fairies, super heroes and French maids. Average prices ranged from $30 to $50. One of the most expensive was a female Zorro costume for $119.97, which was marked down from $179.99. They also sell some pretty wacky costumes like When Birds Attack! for $50 from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." (You'll look just like Tippi Hedren during her terrifying encounter with some pretty grouchy gulls.) And then there's the Prom Queen 1983 costume for $32: a short hot pink dress, a tiara and lace wristlets. Sadly, the classic white pumps aren't included.
Rentals: I thought renting costumes might be cheaper but I found it even more expensive than buying, probably because they're more appropriate for an elaborate party than trick-or-treating. Costumes Creative in Silver Spring features a ton of full-body animal costumes, which are tough to find. The average price for a one-day rental is $100 and that includes alterations. The Costumer, an online site that rents costumes, has 60,000 choices. But, again, buying may be more economical. They rent a complete nun costume for $75 but also sell one for $19. The rental comes with a few more accessories but it is essentially the same look. So, if you vow to be a nun for the next five Halloweens, this costume is for you.
Brick-and-mortar stores: I checked out Party Depot and Party City, two retailers that have stores throughout the region and both offer a wide variety of costumes, wigs and masks. Party City had the friendlier staff, with two different employees offering help during my visit. Costumes at both stores range from hot dogs to whoopie cushions to very evil looking ghouls. Many of the women's costumes have a naughty element that require cleavage and go-go boots, but there is the occasional benign witch. Prices average between $30 and $50 at both stores. If you're not interested in a full costume, both stores sell rubbery face masks. For $25 at Party Depot you can become the Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger or Richard Nixon. If you want to go as a couple, head to Party City where Hil and Bill masks go for $15 and $20 respectively. President Bush retails for a mere $12 at Party Depot. Ouch!
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