Here at Patch we aim to make your life ridiculously easy by helping you assemble the most hideous, charming, scary or sweet Halloween costume ever. As you prepare for the spookiest of holidays browse through our guides to help you make this Halloween one to remember.
Our first installment scares up some great spots to find costumes for every member of your family.
6442 W. 111th Street in Worth, (800) 474-5397
This Southland institution has been selling magic tricks and a wide selection of costumes since 1937. Fitting in with this year's election, a wide selection of political masks are available.
Walgreens stores are carrying well-stocked Halloween aisles with all sorts of costume ideas, including some awesome Barack Obama and Mitt Romeny masks. Costumes come in adult through kids' sizes and include a wide selection of props and animated spooky (and not so spooky) figures. The Walgreens store associates love it when you set them all off at once.
6010 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, 708-658-0325.
If you can't find a costume to wear at Halloween Express than you don't have that Halloween spirit. Halloween Express, located in the former Men's Wearhouse space at 6010 W. 95th St. carries all the trending costumes -- Monster High, Angry Birds, Yo Gabba Gabba, Obama, Mitt -- as well as the time-honored super hero, Disney princess and Dracula favorites. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
6310 W. 95th St. (Ridgeland Avenue and 95th Street), Oak Lawn, 1-888-263-2702
What a store! We found hundreds of great masks for all budgets. The staff was very friendly and showed us the smoke machine, plus an impressive collection of body parts and make-up. Costumes come in all styles, from cute to ghastly, and baby to adult plus sizes. Get a group of friends and go as KISS, or, dress your baby as the Incredible Hulk. You can also find decorations for your yard or Halloween soiree that will surely scare the snot of the trick or treaters and party guests.
11628 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL, 773-779-0068
This year-round shop has been open for business since 1967. The shop stocks costumes for both rental and purchase. If you are looking for a top of the line outfit for a party, but aren't willing to pony up to buy that gorilla suit this might be the perfect place to check out. A variety of costumes from the current trends and political masks to classics like a full yellow chicken suit this store has got you covered. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10420 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, 708-229-2585
To put some spice in your Halloween, Lover's Lane offers a veritable treasure chest of adult costume attire, from animals and fairies and cops, to French maids and beer wenches. Or pick out couples-themed costumes for you and your honey, like his-and-her pirates or Canadian mounties, from regular to plus sizes. Lover's Lane is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
6440 W. 95th St., Chicago Ridge, 708-598-3600
Party City carries thousands of Halloween costumes for the whole family--even the dog. Many of the costumes start at $9.99. You'll find all the costumes your kids are clamouring for, as well as adult costumes and sexy costumes. Plus-sizes available. Buy a classic favorite or create your own look. Party City has lots of Halloween party favors, decorations and supplies for your party. Through Oct. 18 hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 .m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. From Oct. 19-25, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Oct. 27-28, 8 a.m. to midnight; Oct. 28, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Oct. 29-30, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Oct. 31, 7 a.m. to 8:30p.m.