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Halloween costume shopping on a budget

October 18, 2010
By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - With Halloween fast approaching, shoppers are haunting the aisles of local stores, looking for items to create that special trick-or-treat costume.

Whether you're planning to costume yourself as a ghoul, ghost, politician or rescued Chilean miner, local thrift stores are a good place to try to find what you're looking for, at ghastly affordable prices.

"Usually, Halloween is our biggest time of year," said Diane Houle, store supervisor at the Goodwill Store in Marquette Township. "That's when we're usually hiring extra people for the season."

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Items are donated to the Goodwill store throughout the year, but especially right after Halloween has past. The outlet has both kids and adult costumes.

"A lot of the kids costumes are dinosaurs and stuff like that," Houle said. "There's witches, there's all kinds."

St. Vincent DePaul stores are another local source for Halloween costumes or costume building items.

"We have loads of costumes," said Linda Morrison, of the St. Vincent DePaul Store in Marquette.

Morrison said the store has a rack of adult and children's costumes, but also numerous items shoppers might decide to use to create their own individualized scary ensembles.

"We save anything that looks goofy throughout the year," Morrison said.

Morrison said the costume shopping for this year is well under way.

Sandy Rose, owner of Party in Disguise in Marquette, said her store sells costumes for adults. She said Alice in Wonderland is a popular theme this year. There are a lot of people buying vampire costumes too, based on the popularity of the bloodsuckers in recent movies and television programs, Rose said.

Another place to consider Halloween attire purchases is on-line. There's likely still time to get what you need, if you hurry.

The website offered a few tips for Halloween costume buying.

Whatever type of Halloween costume you're looking to buy or create, a trip to a local thrift store, or on-line discount costume shop can help you save money.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His e-mail address is



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