Halloween is an interesting time of year. It’s a day where people have the chance to be anything they want to be and Fantasy Attic, located at 19 E. Cross St. in Depot Town, is a bustling hotspot for putting together the disguise for your one-time-only identity.
One side of Fantasy Attic literally has binders full of well-crafted costumes that can be retrieved for you by the employees. There are numerous themes of costume ideas such as animals, characters, clowns, superheroes, Egyptian, nature, pirates, Romans, witches, wizards and goblins, just to name a few.
As you move around the store, your eyes will be drawn to an assortment of gorgeous masquerade masks on the wall. There are also the quintessential terrifying masks on another end of the store and, of course, the funny masks, like Mitt Romney and Barack Obama masks.
Hide your identity with style, or dress up like your inner identity, whether that is a ninja, witch, wizard or monkey. There are so many little details that could be added to your costume just to make it that much more realistic, like spurs for your cowboy boots or elf ear-extensions. There’s a corner simply for making realistic looking bloody gashes and oozing wounds, for those of us who want to keep Halloween scary.
In one corner of the store, it seems as though the costumes were taken out of an adolescent boy’s wet dream fantasies. They are bagged costumes with flimsy fabric that wouldn’t protect you from cold fall nights. The brands have names like Lip Service and Leg Avenue, and you can be a sexy princess, sexy pirate, sexy schoolgirl or sexy nurse—nothing like the men’s costumes, where you can be things like a Jedi knight, a samurai, Austin Powers or Ash Ketchum.
The women’s costumes in the “sexy corner” aren’t of any character in particular, just random objectifying ones. You can even wear this weird tight dress with Chinese food takeout box slogans on it, like “enjoy” on each of the breasts and “thank you” by the crotch.
Lily Mckinney, a browser of these costumes, said, “I don’t think these costumes are any fun. You can be sexy without wearing a tiny little costume, but I think being creepy and creative is much more enjoyable, not to mention warmer.”
The costumes that gained my respect and attention were the clever ones; the ones that don’t just come out of a bag, but rather are put together thoughtfully. Make a costume from your favorite historical character, or be something obscure like an alien pilgrim.
If you come into Fantasy Attic with an idea, you will be overjoyed with their extensive selection. If you come without an idea, you might be overwhelmed with new possibilities.
Their wig room could be the icing on the cake to your Marge Simpson or an Afro Samurai costume. The huge selection of costumes throughout history could help you create your medieval zombie outfit. There are even three different variations of the Mad Hatter.
Costume shops like Fantasy Attic are a diamond in the rough. This Halloween at Fantasy Attic, you can find everything and anything you need to look exactly like your image of the perfect costume.
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