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Halloween costumes on the fly for less cash

October 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Still need a Halloween costume? We dug up some fun last-minute ideas including both new and vintage gear. There are still plenty of options out there to show off your Halloween spirit and maybe save a few dollars, too.

When Halloween rolls around every year, the tricky decision always comes down to, which costume to wear? You can choose from scary, cute, good, evil or totally unique.

Costume shoppers Artineh and Arpineh Khachikian from La Crescenta said they might go for the gypsy look this year or something paired, like salt and pepper or ketchup and mustard.

The Halloween Time Superstore in Glendale is filled with a variety of costumes to transform you and your family.

"The most popular costumes are the gypsy queens, the cop costumes," said Elizabeth Pretschi with Halloween Time Superstore. Pretschi also said pirates are always a popular choice.

For the guys, superheroes are huge this Halloween - think Green Lantern and Captain America.

"Those are all popular, and of course, Batman and Spiderman as well," said Pretschi.

The hottest selling masks this season include the bank-robber mask from the movie "The Town." President Barack Obama and Charlie Sheen are winning over trick-or-treaters as well.

If you're having trouble finding a one-of-kind costume and don't want to spend a lot, try thrift or vintage stores.

Ozzie Dots in Los Feliz sells new and used costumes, like old-school Elvis suits, sailor outfits and furry mascots, and a huge selection of tattered-zombie getups.

"So we really want to make sure they find that unusual costume that they can create themselves, that they can be different," said Daniel Hazen with Ozzie Dots.

Speaking of unique, try putting together a mish-mash outfit using part-pirate, part Steamboat Willie pieces.

Try a flashy one-piece leotard paired with sparkly gold strappy sandals and feathers for a "Dancing With The Stars" look.

"It's what we do. We love what we do. We do costumes for the fun of it," said Hazen.

See more easy and budget friendly Halloween costume ideas.


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