Halloween ideas abound at Hawaii stores

Oct. 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
(Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)

From left, Spirit employees MacKenzie Brittingham (Wolf), Brittany O’Hara (Red Riding Hood), Nicholas Naven (Scary Pirate) and Rebecca Mitchem (Girl Pirate) in costume. (Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

Are you a superhero or a zombie? A minion or a princess? Whatever you are (or want to be), there are plenty of places around to help you realize your Halloween alter-ego. Besides the obvious retailers such as Walmart and Target, there are many costume options to be found at seasonal and specialty stores and thrift shops.

New to Hawaii this year is Spirit, a pop-up store by Spencer Gifts. The company has two locations on Oahu: one at the Gentry Pacific Design Center on Nim­itz Hwy. and the other at the old Blockbuster by Kahala Mall.

Spirit is best described as a one-stop shop for all things ghouls and goblins. Besides aisle upon aisle of ready-to-wear costumes, the stores has masks, wigs, makeup, props and other accessories, along with decorations, including creepy animatronics.

Spirit employee MacKenzie Brittingham, dressed here as a wolf, can help provide a step in the right direction when searching for a Halloween costume this year. (Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)

Spirit employee MacKenzie Brittingham, dressed here as a wolf, can help provide a step in the right direction when searching for a Halloween costume this year. (Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)

Spirit is big on clowns this Halloween, as evidenced by the sinister jokester get-ups near the storefront. However, staff at the Nim­itz location, which is open for a two-month stint, said zombies again are expected to be a top seller thanks to the Brad Pitt movie “World War Z” and the AMC series “The Walking Dead.” Superheroes will be big as well.

Down the street from Spirit is Flora Dec Sales, which carries costumes ranging from typical packaged sets to outfits priced at more than $100, such as a full vampire suit complete with fabric cape. Pet costumes, a rising trend in the booming Halloween trade, also are offered.

Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes this year and $6.9 billion in total Halloween spending, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

Those looking to put together a Halloween ensemble on a budget can try Savers and other thrift stores.

According to a Savers survey, popular group costumes this year include the Robertson clan from “Duck Dynasty,” the royals (William, Kate and baby George) and “Kimye” (Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and baby North).

The year-round Costume Closet in Kaimuki has a large selection for sale or rent. Kharolina Costumes, also in Kaimuki, rents out handmade, original and period costumes, most in the $50-to-$100 range.

The shop is available by appointment throughout the year but is open afternoons in October.

For a more theatrical look, head to Diamond Head Theatre, where the costume shop rents out outfits from its productions.

“Men are always pirates and vikings, and Roman guards,” said DHT costume director Karen Wolfe. “Women always ask for princesses or ballet dancers.”

Many of the theater’s rentals are one-of-a-kind. Prices range from $25 for clown costumes to $80 for a full Captain Hook outfit. A security deposit is required.

“Bring your imagination and your credit card,” said Wolfe.

The theater rents out costumes on a limited basis year-round, but the costume shop has extended hours during the days leading up to Halloween.

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» Spirit: Gentry Pacific Design Center, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy. (536-4912) and 4137 Waialae Ave. (737-4912), spirithalloween.com; Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

» Party City: Waikele Center, 94-799 Lumiaina St. (671-3133) and 888 N. Nimitz Highway (599-7591), partycity.com; Hours: 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays

» Flora Dec Sales: 373 N. Nimitz Highway, 537-6194, floradec.com; Hours: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (except Wednesdays), 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sundays

» The Costume Closet: 3007 Lincoln Ave., 739-1355, thecostumeclosethawaii.com; Hours: (call to confirm) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays (rentals available)

Thrift Stores

» Savers: 1505 Dillingham Blvd. (842-0061) and 94-300 Farrington Highway, Waipahu (671-0071), savers.com; Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays (7 p.m. at Waipahu location)

» Goodwill: Locations in Honolulu, Kaimuki, Kapolei, Pearl City, Wahiawa, Waipahu, Hilo, Kona and Kahului; higoodwill.org; Hours: Vary

» Moiliili Thrift Store: 2535 S. King St., 942-0595; Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays


» Diamond Head Theatre: 520 Makapuu Ave., 733-0277, diamondheadtheatre.com; Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (year-round); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, Oct. 21-Nov. 1

» Kharolina Costumes: 1059 12th Ave., 732-3423, 721-7559, kharolina.com; Hours: 2-7 p.m. daily in October

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