It's that time of the year where it is not only appropriate to dress up in costumes, it's required. There is no need to empty out your pockets to get the right look this Halloween. A little creativity will go a long way, and here are a few ways to get inspired by affordable costume options in Orange County.
Gasoline Alley Sales & Rentals
3804 W. Chapman Ave. Suite D
Orange, CA 92869
Sometimes inspiration for a costume will come while roaming the aisles at a costume store. Local costume store Gasoline Alley boasts more than 40 years in business, offering a wide array style including vintage, custom, '70s, '80s and much more. Owner Donna Saucedo says the family-owned business sees pirates, flappers, '70s disco and '80s-themed costumes selling out fast, so get here soon.
23811 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
For more than 20 years, Costume Castle in Lake Forest has provided creative and affordable costumes to the Orange County area. With more than 14,000 square feet, the store is open year round. Seasonal stores are available from September to October at The Market Place in Tustin as well. Click here for a coupon. The store provides costumes for adults and children of all shapes and sizes.
27068 La Paz Road, Unit 800
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Local online retailer, Roxanni LLC, has brought more to its line than just regular fall fashion. It now provides Halloween costumes for adult-sized women (available to view online) at extremely affordable prices. If you didn't know a watermelon could be sexy, Roxanni will open your eyes. Owners promise free shipping for OC residents if you call in your order.
13676 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92602
Masks are one of the easiest and most affordable costumes to sport. One of the biggest events of the year is the presidential election and what better time to sport a costume of the 2012 presidential candidates? The Obama mask is available and on sale at the local Party City starting at $6.99 and ranges to $19.99 depending on the quality and style of the mask. Mitt Romney masks are also available for the same prices. How about taking a different turn and going for a "winning" look like Charlie Sheen? Party City offers two different looks that are less than $15. Be creative and look around the Party City inventory to find the right look for this Halloween.
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
The release of "Gangnam Style" by Korean pop star PSY took the world by storm not just for its music, but for its raging dance moves. Why not imitate the look for Halloween? To get the look is simple. Blackout shades from H&M start at $10 , bow tie from H&M costs less than $15, and a sports coat and slicked back hair will finish off the look. Grab the look for an affordable price and practice your Gangnam-style dance. Local H&M stores in Orange County that carry menswear include South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and also The Spectrum in Irvine.
Elle Toussi is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com
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