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Where to find last minute Halloween costumes in Tampa Bay

Costume shops also have Dia de los Muertos gear. Plus, catch one more party Friday.
Let the helpful staff at Artpool help you find a Halloween of Dia de los Muertos costume. [Courtesy of Marc Anthony Smith]
Published Oct. 28
Updated Oct. 28

HALLOWEEN: COSTUME OPTIONS

After a month of anticipation, Halloween is finally arriving on Thursday. If you procrastinated on your costume, don’t worry. Temporary Halloween stores are still popped up across Tampa Bay. The stores also have a ton gear for of Dia de los Muertos, which will be celebrated over the weekend. If the big stores feel too commercial for your taste, we’ve rounded up some small businesses, too.

Spirit Halloween stores have invaded the area from St. Pete to Spring Hill. They’re official licensees of Fortnite, Hocus Pocus and Stranger Things merch, so you can get that sweet Hawaiian shirt for your last-minute Hopper costume. Visit spirithalloween.com for a map of stores and visit their blog, which is full of ideas and makeup tutorials.

Halloween City has a location in St. Petersburg (1900 Tyrone Blvd. N) and one in New Port Richey (5231 U.S. 19). The Party City spinoffs are open until 11 p.m. Visit halloweencity.com for a coupon for 20 percent off one item.

Halloween Megastore already has discounts on certain items, but after Nov. 5 everything is half off, so stock up for next year. But act fast. The store’s last day is Nov. 7. 625 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 284-5787. halloweenmegastore.com.

As The House of Make Believe’s motto goes, “if you can’t find it, call us.” The Clearwater costume shop has been a staple since 1978, providing costumes made in-house. They’re open by appointment only Monday-Wednesday. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 2140 Range Road. (727) 446-1890. thehouseofmakebelieve.com.

Let the helpful staff at Artpool Gallery creatively dress you up from a selection of vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. artpoolrules.com.

Full head masks hang on the wall at the House of Make Believe in Clearwater in this photo from 2016. [TAMPA BAY TIMES]

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IN THE FRINGE: ALL HALLOW’S PARTY

Keep the Halloween celebration going at Bodhi Basic’s All Hallow’s costume party in St. Petersburg’s Fringe District. The all-natural apothecary is throwing a dance party with ′60s music by DJ Hello Darlin Records, witchy cocktails, food, oracle and astrology readings, a fortune teller, a photo booth and potions and elixirs on the DayGlow Extracts Bus. Artisans will have goods on display at nearby Venus Gallery. And at 9: 30 p.m. rock band Jeremy and the Clones perform. Free. 6-10 p.m. Friday. 240 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. (727) 222-0463. bodhibasics.com.


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