Whether you're dressing as Katniss from "The Hunger Games," Psy of "Gangnam Style" or a more traditional witch, flapper or ghoul, there are plenty of places where you can find the perfect Halloween costume in the Hudson Valley.
From a theatrical specialty store that's been open for decades to a seasonal pop-up shop, here are five places in Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley that will cater to your Halloween needs.
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Beyond Costumes in Yonkers
Korean immigrant Yon Zweibon, a certified public accountant with a business degree from the Wharton School, purchased a costume shop, originally known as Westchester Costumes, on a whim 12 years ago. And she hasn't looked back since.
Zweibon said when she originally bought her shop, now known as Beyond Costumes, she had the feeling that "this is where I need to be." And it's in the shop, she says, that she's able to "move people's emotions" through her work.
Beyond Costumes, open year-round, offers everything from wigs to props to makeup, and prosthetics (530 Nepperhan Ave., Yonkers; 914-963-1333; beyondcostumes.com). And, of course, there are plenty of costumes, too -- more than 22,000, to be exact.
This Halloween, Zweibon thinks that men will gravitate toward Thor and Avengers costumes, while women will be drawn to characters like Black Widow and Catwoman. Costumes cost between $20 and $100 to buy and between $65 and $300 to rent.
Beyond Costumes has extended hours through Halloween and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.
Halloween Explosion in West Nyack
Located in the Palisades Center between Target and Outback Steakhouse, Halloween Explosion is a seasonal pop-up shop that sells more than just costumes (1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 914-476-3331). The store also sells wigs and makeup, plus home decor, including one of the largest selections of outdoor inflatables for your home.
Store manager Sofia Mata says she's been noticing some trends in the costume selection this year. While most tween girls are gravitating toward fairy tale characters like Rapunzel and Merida from "Brave," she's seen a shift toward more cool and trendy characters, too, like the girls from Disney's hit show, "Shake It Up." Boys, on the other hand, are going for costumes from "Iron Man" and "The Avengers."
Mata says many women are dressing as their favorite reality TV star, choosing to channel the people from shows like MTV's "Jersey Shore." In contrast, men aren't looking for anything elaborate. They either find a cool mask, dress as something funny or go with a themed group costume.
The costumes at Halloween Explosion range from $9.99 to $159. The store is open through Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Columbia in Kingston
Now open for 30 years, Columbia -- named for owner Lauren Spaey's mother, who was born on Columbus Day in 1920 -- is a year-round business that stocks wigs, beauty supplies and costumes (66 North Front St., Kingston; 845-339-4996; columbiacostumes.com).
Whether you're looking for a specific type of glove, a wig (there are more than 2,000) or a fog machine, there is something for everyone and every budget. There's even a Christmas section, a Renaissance section, a prosthetic department and an on-site makeup artist and hairstylist. And especially important at this time of year, Columbia specializes in bringing even the roughest draft of a Halloween costume idea to life.
"The depth of what we have is what blows people away," Spaey said.
Like other costume shop owners, Spaey thinks that superhero costumes will be popular with boys and fairy tale costumes will be popular for girls. Women can find looks from a Gothic Goddess to a flapper and men can dress as anything from Elvis to a member of the group KISS.
Rental prices for costumes average around $55, but can go up to $900. From baby buntings to Men's size 4XL, the costumes start at $20.
Columbia is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. They'll extend their hours closer to Halloween.
Suzette's Costume Village in Yonkers
Suzette's, which opened as a lingerie store in 1956, carries a variety of intimate apparel, hosiery and shapewear. And in 1985, they decided to branch out and create Suzette's Costume Village. Now they annually expand their Cross County Shopping Center real estate for the Halloween season to supply a smorgasbord of wigs, makeup, props, animatronics and other home decorations (8090 Mall Walk, Yonkers; 914-476-7666).
Manager Isaac Sagman says the store specializes in customer service, offering, among other perks, a layaway plan. "Employees take time to open up costumes to show, instead of just directing customers," he said. "It's a real value."
The most popular costumes for boys this year include Captain America and Spiderman; Monster High costumes are big for girls. And adults, paying homage to shows like "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries," are loving vampire looks.
The store is open through Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. There will be extended hours closer to Halloween.
Marlu Costumes in Port Jervis
In business for more than 57 years, this family-owned costume shop is packed to the rafters with more than 35,000 costumes in its nearly 6,000 square foot space. And while Halloween means big business for owners Hazel and John Goldstein, year-round they specialize in theatrical rentals, servicing colleges, high schools, middle schools, community and professional theaters throughout the country (590 Mullock Rd., Port Jervis; 845-355-1414; marlucostumes.net).
Due to licensing constraints, Marlu can't "leap on the Disney bandwagon" for their rentals or provide some of the more commercial costumes, Hazel Goldstein said. However, they do provide alterations at no extra charge and carry a vast variety of makeup, wigs and accessories to help customers look like anything from a can-can dancer to a Southern belle.
Marlu carries costumes for ages 12 and up. They're open year-round from noon to 7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and stay open until 9 p.m. in the two weeks leading up to Halloween.