Many of NYC's haunted houses have already opened, and excitement is building for one of Gotham’s favorite holidays. Unless you’re one of those enviably creative people who can make a papier-mâché alien bursting out of a T-shirt, you’ll probably be shopping for something scary, sexy or silly to wear on October 31. We’ve rounded up the best Halloween stores in NYC for costumes, decorations, makeup and more, including Halloween superstores, vintage stores and thrift shops, and other specialist emporiums you might not have thought of for cost-effective, unique outfits. Pop-up Spirit stores around the city are also good for picking up last-minute gear. As the night approaches, many stores operate extended hours to accommodate the hordes, so call to check. And once you’ve chosen your alter ego, you can strut your stuff in the resurrected Village Halloween Parade.
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