It’s the scary season, but with Americans ready to spending a record $ 10 billion this month on Halloween outfits, decorations, candy and more, perhaps the scariest prospect for party planners and costume hunters is not finding the perfect outfit or the spooky backdrop to celebrate the holidays in style.
Fortunately, there are a good number of retailers in the area stocked with Halloween themed inventory.
From seasonal pop-up stores offering one-stop-shopping for must-have Halloween supplies to traditional discount chains with aisles filled with costumes and decorations, getting ready for October 31 has never been easier.
Check out the following options for Halloween supplies and have a scary good time with your family and friends this month.
What there is to know: Open seasonally, Halloween Warehouse is a locally owned and operated store offering costumes, props, decorations, wigs, makeup, hats and more for the Halloween season. New costumes are arriving every day.
Hours: From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Go: 2472 Corning Road, Horseheads (the former Ferrier concessionaire); To look for Facebook for his page.
What there is to know: Spirit Halloween offers a wide variety of Halloween backdrops, animatronics, costumes and accessories that are perfect for giving a treat or for hosting a Halloween party. Explore Halloween costume selections featuring witches, zombies, superheroes and more.
Hours: From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday, until 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Go: 866-586-0155, stores.spirithalloween.com.
- 3335 Chambers Road, Horseheads (the old Party Time opposite the shopping center).
- 109 Oakdale Mall, Johnson City (the former Macy’s in the Oakdale Mall).
- 2433 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal (the former AC Moore next to Shoe Carnival).
- 402 North Union St., Olean, (the former Bon-Ton).
What there is to know: Party City is the nation’s largest party retailer, offering a huge selection of general and seasonal party items, including Halloween costumes and party decorations. Party City recognizes its 30 years of experience helping consumers celebrate holidays and special occasions.
Hours: from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday, until 10 p.m. on Friday; from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
- 845 County Road 64, Elmira; 607-317-5073.
- Cayuga Shopping Center, 2309 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca; 607-269-4765.
The paper factory
What there is to know: It might not have a scary name, but The Paper Factory in the heart of downtown Olean has a huge inventory of products, including Halloween costumes for kids and adults. Owner Deb VanScoter promises customers will be amazed at what they have in stock. Until October 31, The Paper Factory is offering 25% off all Halloween costumes.
Hours: From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, until 5 p.m. on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Go: 176 North Union St., Olean; 716-372-9500, ext. 2, for costume questions. thepaperfactory.com.
More options for Halloween
Not near a pop-up store or a specialty retailer open all year? There are still plenty of options available, whether shopping in person or online.
A USA TODAY list of the ten best places to buy Halloween costumes online is a good place to start. The list includes Walmart, Target, Amazon, Etsy, and Disney.
Local dollar stores are also stocked with Halloween supplies.
Family dollar The âspellbindingâ Halloween inventory includes fall-themed costumes, accessories, makeup and decorations.
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