BEST HAL­LOWEEN COS­TUME SHOPS FOR KIDS Keep this list handy for cos­tume-themed par­ties, too.

Does your child want to go trick-or-treat­ing as a su­per­hero, a mon­ster, or a char­ac­ter from his favourite car­toon or movie? Keep this list of cos­tume and ac­ces­sory stores handy. By SASHA GON­ZA­LES

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IF YOU’RE RENT­ING Cos­tume City

WHAT’S AVAIL­ABLE This place has cos­tumes for chil­dren of all ages, in­clud­ing ba­bies. You will find an­i­mal, fairy, princess, su­per­hero, and char­ac­ter ones – think the In­cred­i­ble Hulk, Iron Man, Cap­tain Amer­ica, Robin Hood, Red Rid­ing Hood and Spi­der­man. It also car­ries match­ing fam­ily sets.

HOW MUCH From $30 for three days. MUST-KNOW It re­quires a se­cu­rity de­posit, which ranges from $10 to $90, de­pend­ing on what you’re rent­ing. The com­pany of­fers al­ter­ation ser­vices to en­sure a per­fect fit. All out­fits are ei­ther hand washed or dry cleaned be­fore use.

FIND OUT MORE www. my­cos­

Global Mascot

WHAT’S AVAIL­ABLE This is the place for ca­reer cos­tumes if your child wants to dress up as a po­lice of­fi­cer, sol­dier, doc­tor, nurse or pilot. You will also find fan­tasy char­ac­ters like princesses, queens, kings, fairies and pi­rates. Th­ese are best for kids aged three and up.

It also stocks a range of props, in­clud­ing swords, crowns, masks, colour­ful wigs, capes and more.

HOW MUCH $35 and up to rent a stan­dard get-up, and $50 and up to rent a pre­mium one. Global Mascot di­rec­tor Joy Chu says that “pre­mium” cos­tumes are usu­ally more de­tailed and in­clude headto-toe com­po­nents, like the wig, hat or mask, shoes, and rel­e­vant props or ac­ces­sories. The rental pe­riod is three days. MUST-KNOW It re­quires a se­cu­rity de­posit equiv­a­lent to the rental fee. The com­pany dry-cleans ev­ery item af­ter use. FIND OUT MORE www. glob­al­mas­

Cus­tom­ade Cos­tume and Mer­chan­dise (CCM)

WHAT’S AVAIL­ABLE You will find ca­reer, su­per­hero, vil­lain and in­ter­na­tional- or cul­tur­althemed cos­tumes here, plus ac­ces­sories like face paint and makeup, pi­rate vests, fairy wings, witch hats, an­i­mal ears, su­per­hero masks, vam­pire capes, and so on.

CCM has its own pro­duc­tion team, so if your lit­tle one wants to wear some­thing unique, you can cus­tomise the de­sign and ma­te­rial. Such or­ders take about four weeks; pay more if you need ex­press ser­vice. Its out­fits are suit­able for kids aged three and up.

HOW MUCH From $30 to $40 per set for three days. Cus­tomi­sa­tion prices vary ac­cord­ing to the com­plex­ity, ma­te­ri­als used, and time re­quired.

MUST-KNOW It charges a re­fund­able de­posit, which is 120 per cent of the rental cost of your cos­tume. CCM has an in-house laun­dry depart­ment. The com­pany also pro­vides al­ter­ation ser­vices, de­pend­ing on the ma­te­rial. Visit the store to try on and re­serve your item up to one month be­fore your event.

FIND OUT MORE www.ccm.

Awe­some Cos­tumes

WHAT’S AVAIL­ABLE You’ll find en­sem­bles for movie char­ac­ters, scary char­ac­ters, su­per­heroes, as well as princes and princesses here. There are also cul­tur­althemed cos­tumes, as well as retro or fu­tur­is­tic ones. HOW MUCH From $50. MUST-KNOW Items must be re­served in ad­vance and a de­posit is re­quired. Only cash is ac­cepted for rentals. Cus­tomers are ad­vised to come in for a fit­ting in ad­vance in case the cos­tume needs to be al­tered.

The shop laun­ders and dis­in­fects all its out­fits when they are re­turned. It does cus­tom or­ders, too.

FIND OUT MORE www. awe­some­cos­

Cos­tumes N Par­ties

WHAT’S AVAIL­ABLE This shop spe­cialises in cos­tumes of su­per­heroes and vil­lains, Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties, ca­reer, cul­tural and pe­riod themes, an­i­mals, pi­rates, and fairy­tale and car­toon char­ac­ters.

It also of­fers the su­per trendy Cap­tain Amer­ica, Anakin Sky­walker, Green Lantern, Won­der Woman, Rey (from The Last Jedi) and Ar­moured Bat­man (from Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice) out­fits, plus Hal­loween-themed props like spi­der webs, vam­pire fangs, an­i­mo­tion masks, and hor­rorthemed make-up sets. It has sizes for ba­bies and up.

HOW MUCH From $35 to $45 per cos­tume.

MUST-KNOW Pay a re­fund­able de­posit, which ranges be­tween $50 and $100, de­pend­ing on the cos­tume. It rec­om­mends re­serv­ing your getup in ad­vance, es­pe­cially dur­ing the busy Hal­loween pe­riod. All out­fits are cleaned be­tween uses.

FIND OUT more www. cos­tumes-n-par­

My Mini-Me

WHAT’S AVAIL­ABLE This on­line busi­ness has cos­tumes for kids aged six months to 11 years. The themes are var­ied – you’ll find su­per­hero, princess and troll cos­tumes, as well as cos­tumes of char­ac­ters from your chil­dren’s favourite movies like Frozen, Bat­man, Harry Pot­ter and Cap­tain Amer­ica. HOW MUCH Rental is $20 to $50 per cos­tume; there is a re­fund­able de­posit of $50. You can also buy the en­sem­bles – owner Ali­cia

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