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Best Places for Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

David Hyland
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Concierge, The New York Palace
David Hyland
Concierge, The New York Palace
455 Madison Ave.
212.888.7000

Only a few days before Halloween and you still don’t have a costume? Don’t worry! David Hyland, Concierge at The New York Palace, shares his top picks for places to find last-minute Halloween costumes. “Abracadabra, in Chelsea, would be a great first stop, especially if you are starting from scratch,” Hyland suggests. The sprawling space is packed with costumes, wigs, makeup, and an extensive selection of props. “[You can] choose from silly, sexy or scary and children’s costume options also run aplenty,” Hyland says. “Even if you didn’t make a purchase, at least you have a great starting point for character inspiration!” A little farther downtown on Bowery, Hyland says that Patricia Field is his favorite place to shop for the spooky holiday. In addition to carrying a seasonal Halloween selection, the store also stocks colorful accessories and urban wear “for the eccentric at heart,” Hyland says. “If you want to top off that look in utmost style, stop by the ‘Wig Bar’ on the lower level, which has a playful assortment of pre-styled wigs.” If you want to go the extra mile, Hyland advises you have your Concierge call ahead and have a wig styled just for you, specific to your character or costume of choice. For those trying to recreate a certain era in history, vintage clothing stores or thrift shops are always a worthwhile option. Hyland suggests Screaming Mimi’s in NoHo, which “customarily has unusual and quirky offerings,” and Housing Works, which boasts multiple locations and is “great for the shopper on a budget and they benefit a wonderful cause!” If you want to dazzle with an over-the-top makeup look, Hyland says head to Alcone Company, a makeup supply company in the Theater District and the place “where the pros go.” Also, keep in mind that your go-to, everyday retailers are also good options for Halloween. “If all else fails, American Apparel has fabulous and affordable basic options with handy Halloween shopping suggestion guides in store!”