Did Halloween sneak up on you again this year? Is the pressure to find the perfect costume scarier than any zombie or ghoul? Don’t let the season’s spooky stress get you down. Aurora is home to a number of boutiques and businesses that have everything you need to assemble the perfect costume, whether you’re buying the year’s hottest look or creating your dream idea from scratch.
Address: Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
The Scoop: Find the finishing touches for your All Hallow’s Eve look at Trunk Nouveau in the Stanley Marketplace. This boutique offers jewelry and knickknacks handcrafted by local and independent artists to complement your costume and seasonal decor. October’s featured artist is GoddessWear Jewelry‘s Frida Kahlo- and Day of the Dead-inspired wares.
Gott A Costume
Address: 15167 E. Hampden Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
The Scoop: Don’t have the time or DIY expertise to create your desired Halloween costume from scratch? No shame in that, and no need to fight the crowds at a big-box party store. The family-owned Gott A Costume is open year round. Buy or rent from the vast selection of costumes and accessories for men, women and children.
Address: 4042 S. Parker Road
Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday
The Scoop: Whether you need lace and faux fur for a luxurious princess gown or latex and sequins for a homemade superhero suit, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect texture and shade at Colorado Fabrics. This 40,000-square-foot store is a great local spot to load up on all the fabrics, trims and supplies to create your ideal costume.
Little Tykes Trading Post
Address: 15250 E. Hampden Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
The Scoop: Keep your family’s costume budget in check without losing quality by shopping for your little monsters at this children’s consignment store. Little Tykes Trading Post has hundreds of costumes available, from infants to size 10. And when next year’s spring cleaning rolls around, sell your gently used, outgrown outfits for another family to enjoy.