By Michelle Foster You could go as a Legs Avenue Slutty Superman. You could get a banana suit in a bag from Party City. Or you could use your imagination, Dallas. Wow the crowd with something totally unique and out-there and creative. Don't wait until October 30. Get your pick early in the month so you're not stuck pushing your way through a sea of procrastinators, fishing through the stuff no one else wanted.
Dallas Costume Shoppe (3905 Main St. Dallas) Located between Deep Ellum and Lakewood, Dallas Costume Shoppe designs and rents theatrical costumes from every era, ever. You won't find any pre-packaged outfits here. The closets are packed tightly with one-of-a-kind pieces, and the staff - comprised of theatre professionals - can help you create just about any look you're going for. You'll need some extra time to go through the many options, but if you're looking to go all-out, this is the place to do it. Come prepared: they only accept cash or check. 214- 428-4613.
Magic etc. Fort Worth (2007 North Forest Park Blvd, Ft. Worth) From period costumes to modern mix-and-match stuff, Magic etc. has you covered. They have an array of theatrical makeup that can transform your good idea to a great one. They do have some pre-packaged stuff, but you can make the best of the trip by sorting through their well-organized costume racks. Don't be afraid to ask questions; the staff will help you flesh out your ideas. (817) 926 2442.
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Rose Costumes (5800 I-35 N. #508, Denton) Rose's is genius at making displays that will get your creative juices flowing. It's colorful, it's decorative, and most of all, it's filled with wacky garb you'll be surprised you never thought of before. This is where you'll find the most modern pop culture references. They have photos available online (www.rosecostumes.com) so you can peruse before you make the journey. Rentals must be put on a credit card, except American Express. 940-566-1917.
Costumes by Dusty (324 Exchange Dr, Arlington) In addition to totally legit versions of traditional Halloween costumes, Costumes by Dusty also has entertaining, weird stuff...like head-to-toe animal suits and monster costumes. They rent costumes and have a sale section as well, which is well-stocked in unique steampunk accessories. 817-548-5767.
Dallas Vintage Shop (1855 N Central Expressway, Plano) You can find a list of awesome ideas on Dallas Vintage Shop's website before you head in. Their photos only represent 1% of their inventory; it's like your childhood dreams exploded in a warehouse. Search through rows and rows of costume pieces, most of which are already matched for a fairly quick experience. 972-422-7256.