If you’re not sure where to start, we’d recommend the Instagram account for the John Casablancas Institute. Hair and makeup work by JCI students, teachers and recent grads are regularly featured, but you can expect to see even more as we get deeper into the spooky season. This week alone, they’ve posted a seriously sinister Cheshire Cat and this (left) broken doll.
PLAY DRESS UP
Once you have a few ideas, it’s time to start shopping for the right pieces to complete your look. Community Thrift & Vintage is perfect for 70s inspired outfits and denim, but expect to come across some unique finds that might send you in a completely different direction. If you’re going traditional, say a fisherman or cowboy, you should definitely check out OK Boot Corral or Army & Navy. Both offer on point items that won’t break the bank.
For all things pinup, New World Designs has you covered. Their selection of vintage inspired dresses, corsets and shoes will have you Betty Page-ing your way to one of the best parties in town. Those wanting to take some risks should head down the stairs by Revolver to Deadly Couture. Latex, PVC and steampunk are all in the mix, alongside wigs and other accessories.
Once the outfit is assembled, the team at Sugar Skull can help you with the finishing touches. At a recent event, they pulled off an inspiring Hansel & Gretel (above right).
SET THE STAGE
If your Halloween plans include hosting a bash, you’ll find unusual decor at side by side curiousity shops, Salmagundi West and Uniques. From bird skulls to ouija boards, they’re stocked with old and interesting items that will help you keep your guests a little uneasy.