How to get wicked this weekend

Need Halloween help? Here’s a guide to celebrating at MIT
October 29, 2010

It’s that spooky time of the year again for people to don costumes, party-hop, gorge on candy, or watch pumpkins fall from the Green Building. This year, Halloween lands on a Sunday, meaning festivities are popping up as early as Friday and will carry through the weekend. Here’s how you can get the most out of Halloween on and around campus.

Need a last minute costume?

Costume store iParty has opened temporary Halloween shops in the Boston and Cambridge areas that do not already have iParty stores. The Central Square store at the corner of Mass. Ave and Prospect St. opened right after Labor Day and will stay open until November 1 to supply MIT students with a selection of prepackaged costumes, wigs, makeup, and accessories. Costume choices range from the classic Grim Reaper to risqué nurses. Most prepackaged costumes prices fall between $20 to $50 dollars. Costumers can also buy hats, colorful wigs, and masks to put together their own costumes.

For those who won’t get a chance to check out the store, the Central Square store manager says that these iParty Halloween pop-up stores will return the same time next year around the Cambridge and Boston areas.

Another option is the Garment District on Broadway Street. Since 1986, the two-story retail store has offered thousands of articles of vintage clothing and, of course, Halloween costumes.

The first floor is home to Boston Costume, Boston’s biggest costume store, which provides a large selection of rental and retail costumes. Aside from the popular Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man, and Lady Gaga outfits, the store also offers everything from parade animals, mascots, historical costumes, and movie characters. People can spend from $25 to $300 dollars to rent anything from feathered Indian Chieftain hats to a full body Darth Vader suit that comes with a sound enabled breathing device.

Furthermore, the second floor offers a variety of retailed vintage clothing and shoes from the sixties to the nineties. Garment District also offers costumes for rent.

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