Halloween Costume Roundup

It’s officially the time of year when things get pretty scary. Ghosts, goblins and zombie cheerleaders roam the streets with no particular destination in mind. Not prepared, are you? Don’t fret; there’s still time before All Hallows Eve. In fact, there are plenty of options on Mass Street that will suit your fancy (or your not-so-fancy). I’ve visited four different shops downtown to give you the scoop.

Visit Sarah's Costumes for rentals.

You can also purchase smaller items.

First stop: Sarah’s Costumes – located in the basement of Sarah’s Fabrics at 925 Mass Street. Open year-round, Sarah’s Costumes is prepared for all your rental needs. With a book of options neatly organized, you’re sure to find something that will be of interest to you. Rentals here are, on average, $30-$35 for approximately a 24 hour period (although there’s some flexibility there). There are also accessories (wigs, hats, jewelry, etc.) available for purchase. Known for unique items – exciting flapper dresses, for example – Sarah’s Costumes is worth a stop if you’re interested in a one-time wear.

Fun and Games for costume purchases.

Over 1,000 costumes for purchase.

Would you rather make an investment to keep your ideal costume for years to come? Head on over to Fun and Games – located in the upstairs of the Antique Mall at 830 Mass Street. Also open year-round, this expansive shop offers over 1,000 costumes for purchase. Here you will find plenty of accessories, children’s costumes, masks, wigs, etc. scattered throughout. While all costumes range in price, it’s easy to see there are numerous options in putting together a creative get-up.

ACME! The easy-out.

Clever, fun, and cheap.

For those of you who aren’t into dressing up, I’ll suggest an easy-out: the t-shirt costume! ACME – located at 847 Mass Street – has some fun “costume” options that require nothing more than slipping on a t-shirt. Lego dude, skeleton, Twister board, and more, ACME has some truly unusual options, all at just $15.95. Have an idea you’d like to see realized? You can have a t-shirt design made – and it only takes about an hour – for $16-$21 (depending on the design).

The final option is specific to the younger folks out there: The Toy Store – located at 938 Mass street – has a decent selection of costumes, such as Ninja Turtles, doctors, pirates and – the forever popular – princess outfits. Whatever your plan is this Halloween, I wish you a festive night of make-believe and thrill! May your costume be ever remembered and your sweet tooth forever satisfied.

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