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October 27, 2013

Scaring up good costumes for Halloween still possibility

CHICKASHA —

Ah, Halloween. No gifts to buy. No big meals or resolutions to make. However, the orange and black bedazzled holiday presents its own challenge: what to wear?  

While there are no stores in Chickasha that exclusively sell costumes, there are a variety of options for those who need to grab a quick costume. 

Ready-made costumes, such as those found at Walmart, Walgreens or Dollar General are the ultimate go-to for a last minute Halloween outfit. 

Thrift stores like Goodwill are an option for finding an original costume on a budget. A plethora of eras and styles can help strike inspiration or fill in the missing pieces on a half-thought-out costume. Another benefit of going thrifty is the ability to rip, burn, tear or splatter the clothing without guilt. 

Details can help to bring a costume to life. For example, a plain tee and jacket can make a backdrop for a Jason Vorhees mask or add a little grungy flair to a scary clown mask. 

Sometimes just browsing the accessories in the Halloween aisle can help generate ideas. Many wigs come with a built-in theme or themes. Animal ears and tails can be added to anthropomorphize. Vampire fangs can go beyond standard Dracula duds and add bite to any costume. 

There are a multitude of other kinds of accessories that can help bring a little extra spookiness. Voice changers, for example, can be affixed inside a mask with a little glue and–sometimes included–velcro. These vocal variables often come in with three options: deep scary monster voice, high pitched "alien" voice and amplified normal voice. 

All dressed up and no place to go?

Chickasha's Neewollah is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Children 12 and under, accompanied by a parent, are invited to dress up and patrol Chickasha Ave. for candy from local businesses. 

Want to leave the costumes to the professionals? 

The Reding Farm Haunted Maize is open until Nov. 3, beginning at dusk and ending at 10 p.m. Admission for the Haunted Maize is $15 per person and the Haunted Hayride is $10 per person. Or attend both for $20 per person. No costumes allowed.

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