Halloween has something for everyone, whether you are into trick-or-treating, spooky ghost stories, parties, haunted houses or just gobs of candy. But finding the right costume can be a tricky business, and expensive if a new look is desired every year. Luckily, Sacramento loves Halloween, and there are plenty of options for buying, renting or creating great costumes for the whole family without emptying your wallet.

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(Credit, Valerie Heimerich)

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Decades Costumes
2004 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 920-0932

Decades supplies costumes and accessories for theatrical productions across the region, and the staff is a great help when you want a creative costume without breaking the bank. High-quality accessories including swords, shoes, hats, makeup, facial hair and fantastical masks can be rented or purchased. Vintage rhinestone jewelry can be rented for $5, and most full costume rentals include all of the needed accessories. For example, one woman’s 1920s costume includes a real vintage, beaded flapper dress, wig, feather boa, long gloves, jewelry and shoes. The selection of costumes is staggering and you can easily become a character from “Lord of the Rings” or “Les Miserables,” a pimp, gory zombie, geisha, sunflower, pickle, bald eagle, mobster or even Boadicea, warrior queen of the Celts.

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Gladiator costumes at Decades Costumes (Credit, Valerie Heimerich)

Cheap Thrills
1209 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 446-4103

Cheap Thrills regularly sells trendy styles and new or used outfits for every lifestyle. Costumes can be rented or purchased, including authentic burlesque get-ups and other eclectic outfits from many eras. Scary and funny masks, provocative or silly shoes, wild wigs and funky-chic jewelry abound, and most of the price tags will not make you scream with terror.

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(Credit: Broadway Costumes)

(Credit: Broadway Costumes)

Broadway Costume & Theatrical Supply
3945 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 455-6021

Broadway has an extensive array of professional, yet affordable makeup, faux blood, body paint, eyelashes, nails and facial hair. Full costumes for all ages, from the fanciful to the frightening, are available for rent or purchase, and cool accessories like hats, wigs, fake handcuffs and add-on body parts can be found as well. The owners are happy to offer advice and options, and do not try to convince you that the most expensive options are the best.

Halloween masks at Thrift Town (Credit, Valerie Heimerich)

Thrift Town
410 El Camino Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 922-9942

Kids from infants to teens outgrow everything quickly, so last year’s costume is unlikely to fit even if they wanted to wear it again. Instead of spending a fortune on something they will only wear once, hop on a broom and fly to Thrift Town. Superheroes, ballerinas, animals, vampires and ghouls are likely to find just what they need at a fraction of the original cost. Adult costumes, seductive, silly, hip or monstrous, are available too; a full, adult-sized sumo fat suit was recently spied for $6.99. There are lots of great options for fashioning your own costume from the selection of clothing, shoes, hats, masks and wigs.

(credit: Prevues)

(credit: Prevues)

2417 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 448-4556

Prevues is a small store packed with a lot of surprises, and is most appropriate for adult shoppers. The shop is stocked with costumes, corsets, trendy club wear, goth gear, lingerie, thigh-highs, jewelry and vintage clothing. Whether you wish to be sexy, in drag or over-the-top wild, you are bound to find your outfit there. A premium-quality line of stage makeup is sold, as are fun, unique accessories. Real pole dancers come here for their work clothes, and the selection of outrageous accoutrements made of spandex, leather, feathers and bling make for a perfect stripper costume.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
Her work can be found at Examiner.com.