I'm just going to say it: My name is Kim and I am a procrastinator. If there's a story to be written, bills to be paid or toilet paper to be bought, I'm going to wait until the last minute to do it. Hell, even in writing this story, I first watched Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, gave my dog a bath, checked Facebook and looked at photos on Reddit before I tackled this beast.
So, it's no surprise that in the last couple of years, I've spent $50 to $70 for a packaged costume, purchased a day or two before Halloween. I'm too ashamed to tell you what I wore, as a good number of those packaged costumes for women fall along the lines of "Sexy [Insert occupation here]." Such creativity, right?
This year, I wrangled a friend into hunting for Halloween costumes early, just to see what options are out there for someone who actually plans ahead. We spent the day perusing racks of clothing at three different spots around town, and my friend graciously let me dress her up in a variety of outfits. Read on to see where we went and how much each costume costs. It's definitely cheaper to plan ahead.
Sadly, I still don't know what I'm going to wear this year.
Morris Costumes Superstore
4300 Monroe Road
Rental period is for three days.
1) Angelica Teach, played by Penélope Cruz, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Dress: $45 to rent
Hat: $19.99, some $5 to rent
Sword: $5 to rent
2) A saloon girl
Dress, with headpiece: $25 to rent
Crinoline: $17, $5 to rent
Jumpsuit, scarf, sunglasses, wig: $45 to rent
1909 Sardis Road North
4) A vampire
5) Ginger, from Gilligan's Island
Fur coat: $4.99
6) A bridesmaid, inspired by the movie Bridesmaids
Formal dress: $9.99
Bouquet of flowers: $1.99
The Magic Maze
325 East Blvd.
Rental period is through Nov. 15.
7) A flapper girl
Dress with accessories: $45
Dress with headpiece: $35
Top and bottom with hat: $35 C