This Halloween beware of the undead— the legions of zombies and vampires that will be lurking everywhere according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Top Costume Survey. The survey revealed that witches vampires and zombies are this year’s most popular adult costumes, while princesses, witches, and Spiderman topped the list of children’s costumes.
Whether you plan to join the 2.6 million Halloween revelers dressed as zombies, or choose something more original, we found the 5 best Halloween costume shops around.
The Best Overall Costume Shop: Halloween “Pop-Up” Shop, 325 N. Bedford Rd/Route 117, Mt. Kisco
Although Halloween pop-up stores (the temporary costume shops that move into vacated retail space just in time for Halloween) can be unorganized, overwhelming, and poorly stocked, the pop-up costume store on Route 117 in Mount Kisco is delightfully scary.
Kids will love the life-sized animated ghouls that cackle and groan the minute you walk into the store. Adult shoppers will appreciate the well organized, endless selection of costumes. This shop is choc-full of villains and heroes, ghosts and ghouls, and every television character imaginable.
The Best Value: , 2 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills
If you’re in Bedford Hills, it may be worth your while to check out the rack of kids Halloween costumes. Although the Halloween selection is limited to one rack (priced around $8), these gently-used costumes are in great shape and are nice quality.
The Best Period Costumes: , 297 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills
Filled with clothing and accessories from TV and movie sets from the 1930s through the 1980s, Vintage boutique is the ideal place to find period costumes. “We have lots of items for 1960’s “Mad Men” costumes, 1970’s hippy costumes, patriotic costumes (i.e. vintage military), and so much more,” Vintage owner Laura Herlihy said.
Halloween Chic: , 33 Katonah Ave., Katonah
Stop into Suburban Groove for the stylish and humorous masquerade masks and hats. Alice In Wonderland themed masquerade masks and Sesame Street themed hats are a few of the tongue-and-cheek options for teens and adults looking for a little Halloween fun.
Don’t miss the Halloween-themed décor and party goods including ghoulish mugs, ice trays, wine glasses, candles, etc.
The Best One-Stop-Shop: , 195 N. Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco
Target offers a decent selection of costumes at affordable prices. But what we really love about Target is that it offers the convenience of a one-stop Halloween shopping with rows of candy, party supplies, home decorations, and costumes.