The Faithful Shopper: Happy Halloween

It's that time of year again, when ghouls and goblins, witches and wizards and more than one superhero walk our streets - fill in your own joke. Yes, it's Halloween, time to party in costume. Once again, my updated list of where to find that outfit that expresses the inner you - and wear it to the 40th anniversary Village Halloween Parade!

Abracadabra - 19 West 21st street
Super, indeed - this store stocks more than 2,000 masks and 12,000 costumes of all kinds. They'll even do your makeup, too, to complete the look.

New York Costumes/Halloween Adventure - 104 Fourth Avenue
So big it has two entrances (the other is at 808 Broadway), this emporium for all holidays has two levels of clothing, masks, hats and accessories that will make you ghoulishly gorgeous!

Village Party Store - 13 East 8th Street
This new location is three times the size of Village's old store, the better to house even more party supplies, masks, makeup and more for your Halloween party!

Beyond Costumes - 530 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, NY
The largest privately owned costumer in the area, Beyond Costumes acquired Creative Costumers last year, and now houses its exceptional collection (often used in television shows and movies) in Yonkers. It's worth the trip!

Early Halloween - 130 West 25th Street
If your style is more along the lines of retro rather than creepy, this is the place for you. Also a supplier to film and television, Early Halloween offers vintage clothing from the turn of the 20th century to the 1980s!

Ricky's - Just about everywhere
Most of us are going to end up here for something holiday related - Ricky's is just that convenient, and just that offbeat. How can you resist a store that offers Zombie Presidents Obama and Bush masks?

Screaming Mimis - 382 Lafayette Street
I'm not sure how they do it, but Screaming Mimis manages to combine vintage chic with just a touch of quirk, and some of the most fun costumes in town.

Frankie Steinz Costumes - 580 Broadway
Email for an appointment and select from Frankie's existing stock or have her design something fabulous - and fun!

Frank Bee Costume Center - 3435 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx
This family-owned store has been supplying kids (and their parents) with the latest character costumes and more since 1957. From Tinkerbell to Spiderman, biker chicks to the Statue of Liberty, find it here.

Halloween is the day to break loose and experiment. A visit to any of these shops will bring out a whole new side to you and your trick-or-treaters. Happy Halloween and Happy Shopping!