Halloween Costume Shopping Round-up

One Value Village, three dollar store and one Walmart trips later, my cheapie, quickie Halloween costume ratings put Walmart at the top of the Halloween food chain. The methodology? Buy three each of a cheap witch hat and good cape, preferably fabric, good fit and able to withstand years of use.

Here’s how the stores panned out:

Value Village: Not as good as expected. Plenty of new stuff, but $24.95 for a cape? I don’t care how gothy they are, three capes would set me back a small Cadbury chocolate-buying fortune. What will the trick-or-treaters get? And the witch hats? Pre-packaged – you can’t even model them to see if they fit your head. Experience tells me that one size fits all is a misnomer, goshfukkit!

Dollar stores: Yes, not all dollar stores are created equal, but in all three cases I faced witch hats in either flaccid fabric form that kept falling off, or plastic ones that threaten to melt over cauldrons. As for capes, they only came in plastic. I did stock up on good glow-in-the-dark window decorations, which, when I returned two weeks later, were sold out. And how about those rats-sneaking-out-of-sewers floor stickers? The surprise 2006 Halloween winners, I missed the boat on those ones too.

Walmart: Fabric Dracula capes for $5.94 – reusable every year! Cloth witch hats with internal wire for support, in children and adult sizes! $2.94 bat and other creepies party favours that my guests ripped off! Shitty Halloween music CD with the Ghostbusters song for $6.88! This one-stop Chinese slave labour Halloween arsenal wins.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 7:01 pm

    $1.75 for a pirate’s short sword, hook with wrist cover and eye patch at the Vancouver City Centre’s dollar store. Ar, mateys! There are treasures to be found for a few silvery coins.


  2. Maktaaq (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    Thanks for the follow-p! I already have a pirate eye patch, but who can’t use two?



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