Sunday 28 September 2014

Halloween Shopping Tips

By Toni Weri

Halloween is just weeks away! Do you know what you are dressing up as?


For those of you that are looking for local stores, in Ottawa, Audrey’s Costume Castle is my go-to for everything. They have various kinds of make-up, wigs, costumes and accessories all year round. They can even order pieces in for you as long as you give about 1-3 weeks for the order to come in. 

For you do-it-yourself folks, Value Village is a great place to find pieces of clothing or fabric you can sew and alter. For example, I once used a vintage looking curtain to make a fun steampunk skirt. No one could tell it was once a curtain AND it only cost me $5.00 for the curtain panel.

Malabar is another costume store in Ottawa (and Toronto). A bit pricey, but another stop to add to the list. I normally venture there to grab my makeup supplies and various accessories. The staff there are friendly and know their products well. 


For those of you that shop for wigs or corsets on eBay, my go-to stores are:

Cosplay Anime Wigs

Wedding Checklist (Please Note: These corsets will probably last about 5-6 wears, hence the price.)

In my experience, ordering a costume from Spirit Halloween has been troublesome. The site offers quite a few neat “online only” costumes, but I would be weary of the quality of the costume. Make sure you read the customer reviews and give about a month for the order to come in unless you pay the expedited shipping fee.

For some fun makeup tips and ideas, I found this link helpful and entertaining.

Have a fun and geek-tacular Halloween!

Toni Weri is a freelance artist and a proud member of the Rebel Legion. She is a geek of all trades, but her forte lies with anime, costuming, video games and Sci-Fi

You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @ TONIGEEKGIRL

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