Halloween Adventure

Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney
Halloween Adventure
East Village
A visit to this massive costume, prop and magic mecca can be overwhelming—luckily, the store provides a handy map of its two-level space. Off-the-peg costumes are conveniently organized by theme, so you can navigate your way from "Devils, Priests, Nuns" to "Hula," "Hippies" and "Horror." The huge stock means you’re bound to find something, whether you need an easy last-minute costume for a party (throw on a "Sex Instructor" lab coat, $19.99) or want to rent an elaborate ensemble such as a full suit of armor ($350, plus $2,000 security deposit). Accessories are equally comprehensive; the range of masquerade masks alone spans from throwaway $3 eye masks to elaborate $3,000 limited-edition Venetian styles. Get outfitted from head to toe—there are wig, hat and shoe departments—and complete your look with professional makeup application (from $10 for simple wounds to hundreds for a total transformation using prosthetics). If you're hosting a party, creep out your guests with an illuminated Bates Motel sign ($30) or a life-size Regan figure with glowing eyes and a fully rotating head ($300).
Venue name: Halloween Adventure
Contact:
Address: 104 Fourth Ave
New York
10003
Cross street: between 11th and 12th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 11am–8pm, Sun noon–7pm
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq