By Mary Wheeler
Still haven’t decided what you want to be for Halloween? It’s ok-we’ve all slacked on this holiday every once in awhile. We’ve found the best last-minute costume shops (and fabric/craft stores for those artsy types who want to make their own) in Connecticut.
Happy Daze Costumes
75 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
Hours: Tues to Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm
This family-owned and run business has been serving up festive fun for the past 20-years. With a wide selection of both adult and children’s costumes, this is a great one-stop-shop for the whole family. Added Bonus: Most costumes at Happy Daze fall between $30-$50; a great pick for someone on a budget.
While adult costumes consist of such classic as Super Heroes, Clowns, and Pirates, we love how Happy Daze features a great selection of vintage-inspired costumes from each decade starting from the 1950s. Who wouldn’t want to be Madonna or Danny Zuko? For children’s costumes, Happy Daze has bright pretty princess and fairy looks including Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella; perfect for the ultimate girly girl. Though don’t think boys are excluded from this- there’s a great array of rugged cowboy costumes (starting at $29.99) and medieval costumes (Gladiator; $27.99). You don’t have to look far for accessories-Happy Daze sells makeup, masks, wigs and shoes. Not looking to buy? Happy Daze offers a great selection of rental costumes for local residents.
1 Liberty Way
Greenwich, CT 06830
Hours: Tues to Sat 10am-5:30pm
A bit more upscale, but still equally fun, Sophia’s Costumes has been selling beautifully crafted costumes for the past 28-years. This vintage clothing store, which rents and sells, offers a great selection of detailed, intricate costumes; great for super Halloween buffs. We love their cute and edgy selection of couple’s costumes including such famous duos as Lucy and Ricky, Bonnie and Clyde, Sonny and Cher, and Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. Those looking to go prohibition era, Sophia’s has a beautiful selection of sparkly and sexy flapper dresses; we couldn’t take our eyes off the black beaded Charleston Dress. Sophia’s also has some ubber cute children’s costumes from Harry Potter, Cat in the Hat, and Spider Man. Looking to complete your look: Sophia’s sells such unique items like capes, masks, tiaras, make-up, and jewelry.
260 River Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Hours: Mon to Tues 10am-5:30pm; Wed, Thurs, Frid 10am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-6pm
Those looking for wacky wigs or funky hats to accommodate their ensembles, make sure you swing by READ Amusements, a favorite of 20-years. From sailor hats to top hats to colored and historical wigs, you’ll surely find exactly what you’re looking for at this unique shop. With thousands of costumes to choose from, we couldn’t get enough of the holiday-inspired outfits like Santa, The Grinch, Uncle Sam and the Easter Bunny (defiantly for those with bold personalities.) For those looking to create a few chuckles, READ Amusements also sells food costumes including such over-the-top looks as a hot dog, beer bottle and beer mug. Top off your look with some face-paint, and you’re good to go.
Colchester Mill Fabrics
120 Lebanon Avenue
Colchester, CT 06415
Hours: Mon to Frid 9:30am to 6pm; Thurs 9:30am-7pm; Sat 9:30am-5pm; Sun 10am-5pm
For those looking to channel some artistic energy and make their costume, look no further than this eclectic fabric shop. This full-end store offers fashion fabrics from basic cotton to higher end materials like velvet and suede. Colchester Mill Fabrics has a great selection of solids, prints, patterns, faux fur, and even wool blends (it is October, so wool may not be such a bad idea.) Choose from such craft items like felt, stencils, yarn, floral stems and bouquets to complete any outfit. The Fabric Tree has over 4,000 square feet of vibrant prints as well as great trimming items like cords and beading.
Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York, MensJournal.com, and AOL. Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.