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Halloween costumes for last-minute shoppers

October 21, 2010 12:09:32 AM PDT
Halloween is just 10 days away. If you waited until the last minute to start thinking about your costume, the pressure is on. Here are some ideas and the hottest Halloween looks this year.Hollywood Toys & Costumes is a one-stop shop with aisles and aisles of goodies. The store has packaged costumes for the entire family, as well as multiple specialty counters.

"We have costumes, accessories, we have magic and makeup, glowsticks, masks," said employee Steve Clay. "A simple mask can turn one idea into something that you never thought you could do."

There is also a makeup section, where trained stylists will set you up with all of your make-believe makeup for a fee.

Lady Gaga is the hottest costume of the year, according to Clay. He said both men and women are demanding it. Hollywood Toys & Costumes has Lady Gaga costumes from her songs "Telephone," "Bad Romance" and "Poker Face."

Another top seller is inspired by the biggest blockbuster of the year - "Avatar." The costume comes with a fitted, stretchy bright blue bodysuit and a braided wig.

"My mom's going to actually be 'Avatar', it's so funny. My mom fits in the costume perfectly," said customer Kiearah Figueroa of Lancaster. Figueroa stopped into the store to find blue makeup.

If you don't have any clue what to wear for Halloween, stop into the store, and they'll dress you up one piece at a time.

"It's all about accessorizing. It separates us from the animals," Clay said.

For those looking to save some money, head to your local thrift shop. At the Disabled Veterans Charities store in Glendale, there are racks and shelves full of brand new and gently used costumes. There's a boy's Superman costume for only $8 and a "pea in a pod" costume for under $5.

Imagination helps at times, too. One customer scored real leather boots for only $8 and a $2 Western hat to complete her cowboy look.

The Disabled Veterans Charities also offers holiday decorations, like ceramic pumpkins and witchy pillows. It's definitely worth the trip.


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