I like to celebrate the “secular” side of Christmas and the Winter Solstice. Adam is a lifelong celebrant of Hanukkah. Yet despite Adam and my differences, when it comes to Halloween, we agree: It’s our favorite holiday!
Going all out for Halloween is nothing new for our family. Anyone who has seen my office knows that I am “obsessed” with Mexican sugar skulls from the Mexican celebration of Dia de Muertes. So, between the inflatable cat, hearse, witch and the spiders crawling up our house, our house is usually pretty decked out. Enter the costume question: Do we dress up as a family or go our separate ways? In the past Lulu, Adam and I have coordinated our outfits. One year we were pirates and another we dressed as Neptune, Athena and Medusa. Can you guess who was who? (Hint: I was not the lucky gal to wear a snake headdress.)
One of her besties is going as “Steve” from the same game. Adam and I have decided to blend our pirate costumes with something a little edgier (and in my opinion, sexier): We are going as Steam Punk Pirates complete with top hats, feathers, awesome chunky jewelry and, of course, driving glasses!
So where can one go to find a video game costume, a pirate and a steam punk get up?
When in doubt, we have always turned to Fantasy Costumes, the largest square-footage and costume selection store in the Midwest. Owned by George Garcia since 1965, the 4065 N. Milwaukee main stay has been costuming Chicago natives (and some visitors) for Halloween and Masquerade parties for almost 50 years! In fact, my parents even shop there in preparation for their Mardi Gras parties. (Yes, they fly in from Maryland just to check out the awesome (and unique) costume options.)
Mr. Garcia has seen it all and consistently stocks his shelves with over 20,000 wigs, 30,000 children’s costumes, and 15,000 adult costumes. Last year, Adam and I took a “field trip” to Fantasy Costumes and bought, among other things, a yellow Angry Bird “head.” And yes, if you happened to been driving down the Edens Expressway and spotted the yellow Angry Bird sitting shotgun in a yellow convertible Porsche Boxster around noon, that was me. (I wish that I had a camera to catch the hilarious facial expressions of the people who spotted me.)
Amid a sea of pop-up Halloween shops, Fantasy Costumes has been the go-to for everything from classic pirate looks and superhero getups, to the necessary accessories to deck your kids out as the year’s hottest costumes. If you haven’t visited this super store of gore and greatness, it’s worth the field trip!