Imagination key when creating costumes

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Creating a spook-tabulous costume is often one of the most challenging parts of celebrating Halloween.

Halloween Alley general manager Bev Pickering said the lead-up to this year’s frightful festivities has been increasingly busy each day.

“It’s been a fabulous year. With COVID hopefully being in the rear-view mirror, people have been excited about Halloween,” Pickering said. “It is a fun holiday.”

As public health measures in Manitoba loosen for the fully vaccinated population, she said people are optimistic they will be able to celebrate and enjoy Halloween with friends and family.

It is an exciting time because people can explore different décor, accessories and costumes to celebrate the spooky season and create the perfect Halloween atmosphere.

With the clock ticking down to the big day, new tricks and treats are arriving at Halloween Alley almost daily, Pickering said.

This year marks her second season with Halloween Alley, Pickering said, and it has been thrilling to see the hype building for the big day.

The key to using these accessories is imagination when creating a horrifying zombie or a radiant princess. Pickering added she always recommends people search the internet for tips on how to best create the look they are going for.

“The internet is amazing [for] giving people ideas. Come in and see all the costumes we have and all the accessories, to take any costume and make it your own,” Pickering said. “Use your imagination.”

Pickering said she has seen people take a simple, basic costume and accessorize it to create a unique outfit for a witch, devil, princess, dragon or ghost.

Many people come in with pop culture-inspired ideas as well, Pickering said, and she encourages them to add their own flair to craft a signature style.

She added costumes are not strictly limited to Halloween — the available accessories at the shop have also proven popular with cosplayers and theatre groups looking to build their prop collection.

She has seen groups come in to buy unique costumes from Harry Potter, Marvel and more recently, the Grinch.

“Halloween is a year-round adventure, so we have lots of people that come in that do cosplay and theatrical and stock up at this time of year. It’s a great time to get your props for different events,” Pickering said.

Superheroes are a popular choice for costumes, along with cartoon characters and princesses, while the classic scares including witches, goblins and Michael Myers — from the “Halloween” movies — remain a go-to choice for many.

You can also use makeup, tattoos, decals and face paint to create distinctive looks.

“With this pandemic ... especially with Netflix, Crave and other streaming services, people have really rediscovered what we watched as kids,” Pickering said. “It’s really neat how the world circles back.”

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Chelsea Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brandon Sun

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