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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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


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.mycostumecity.com

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 head-to- 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.globalmascot.com

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.com.sg

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.awesomecostumes.com.sg

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-parties.com

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 says that many parents choose to purchase the costume when their child refuses to return it.

In such cases, Alicia just keeps the $50 deposit and you won’t have to return the outfit.

MUST-KNOW You can collect the costume personally from Alicia at Raffles Place MRT or Bedok Reservoir Road. Delivery is $6. If you’re renting the costume, there’s no need to wash it before returning it unless you have stained it.

FIND OUT MORE www.myminime.com

Costumes & Mascots

WHAT’S AVAILABLE This shop on North Bridge Road rents out superhero, pirate, fairy tale book character and scary costumes. The outfits are suitable for children aged four to 12 years.

HOW MUCH From $35 for three days per costume.

MUST-KNOW You’ll have to pay a refundable deposit, which is double the rental price. Bring your children in to try on their costumes beforehand – alterations are free. There is no need to launder or dryclean the costumes before returning them.

FIND OUT MORE Call 6299- 0882 or e-mail costumes_ mascots@yahoo.com.sg

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Magic Wand

WHAT’S AVAILABLE Purchase superhero, pirate, Snow White, Cinderella, mermaid and witch costumes, among others. Young Harry Potter and Minions fans can also dress up as their favourite movie characters.

Costumes are for ages three and up. It also sells accessories like wigs, vampire fangs, and pumpkin baskets that light up.

HOW MUCH From $39.90 per costume.

FIND OUT MORE www.magicwand.com.sg


WHAT’S AVAILABLE Find princess, superhero, ninja, career and scary monster costumes here. You can also get a Smurf outfit, or an Aladdin one, as well as Elsa from Frozen.

There are four sizes for kids: S (for kids who are 95cm to 110cm tall), M (110cm to 120cm), L (120cm to 130cm) and XL (130cm to 140cm). In addition, you can buy accessories like fake blood and tattoos, wigs, and hard-to-find Japanese-style LED swords with sound effects.

HOW MUCH From $40 to $70 per costume.

FIND OUT MORE www.paninthebox.com.sg

Party With Us

WHAT’S AVAILABLE This shop caters to babies as young as six months old, with costumes of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Spiderman, Princess Leia, Sofia the First, Darth Vader and Snow White.

Older boys and girls can choose from pirate, horror, career, superhero, storybook character, animal character, and movie or TV character costumes. It also sells accessories like wigs, hats, masks, gloves, and trick-ortreat buckets and bags.

HOW MUCH From $45 per costume.

FIND OUT MORE www.partywithus.com.sg

Ministry of Costumes

WHAT’S AVAILABLE It sells costumes for children of all ages, including babies. There are scary horror-themed outfits, superhero get-ups, cultural outfits, animal and cartoon character-themed ones, and more. It also stocks an impressive range of masks and capes.

HOW MUCH From $30 per costume. You can also rent – it will cost you $20 or more per costume for a three-day period.

FIND OUT MORE www.ministryofcostumes.com

Costume Star

WHAT’S AVAILABLE This store can make whatever your little one wants – simply pop in, get your child measured and choose the design and fabric. If you’re stumped for ideas, the staff will recommend what’s popular.

HOW MUCH A custom-made costume costs between $70 and $150, depending on the design and fabric.

FIND OUT MORE Call 9636-7644 or email info@costumestar.com.sg

Children’s Costume Specialist

WHAT’S AVAILABLE This store in Paya Lebar retails brandnew costumes for babies to 12-year-olds. As well as animal costumes you’ll find superhero outfits (Ironman, Batgirl, Captain America), Star Wars-themed costumes (there are even Yoda and Darth Vader ones for toddlers), and career and fairy tale character costumes.

It also has accessories like pom-poms and “Anna” and “Elsa” (from Frozen) wigs.

HOW MUCH From $30 to $80 per costume.

FIND OUT MORE www.childrenscostume.com.sg