Hot Halloween Costumes and Where to Get Them in Mississauga


Halloween is weeks away (I had to pull out a calculator to figure that out, how sad am I?) and your days of ample prep time are drawing to a close. You have to choose your costume and you have to choose it now.

Or at least some time in the next two weeks.

I once failed to move fast enough on a sweet belly dancer costume and it sold out everywhere and I had to be a pirate for the third year in a row. So, don't be like me.

According to ABC News, data from Pinterest, the National Retailer Federation and Spirit Halloween (the pop-up superstore that's currently occupying Target's old stomping grounds at Square One) is showing a trend towards superhero, sci-fi and retro "throwback Thursday" costumes.

Fortunately for you, you can grab a Nick Carter or Yoda costume in Mississauga. So, here are some hot costumes and where to get them.

Group Costumes

Pinterest says group costumes are as hot as Hansel was in 2001 (well, they just said they're hot, I added the Hansel part). Apparently some popular looks include Taylor Swift's Bad Blood girl gang and the cast of Mario Kart (anyone who dresses as Yoshi is guaranteed a night of hugs). If you hit up Spirit Halloween at Square One, you can find pirate, steampunk, cowboy and Indian, gangster and flapper and fairytale costumes for couples and groups.

Also, did you all get that Hansel reference? It's from Zoolander.

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Throwback Looks

If you're into nostalgia, you're in luck -- old school is big this year. If you're a 90s kid, you might be interested in being a Power Ranger, the Kool-Aid guy or a Backstreet Boy/Spice Girl. If you want a costume that you don't have to assemble yourself, you can hit up Spirit (and if the costume isn't available in store, you can order it online). If you want to get really creative and fashion your very own Justin Timberlake getup (pre-Justified era), check out Value Village (there are two locations in Mississauga) and grab one of those uniquely awful iridescent rain coat things in turquoise (Justin wore one, I swear!),

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According to the National Retailer Federation, this costume is huge. While you might have strong feelings about what an institution minions have become, nothing changes the fact that dogs and cats -- especially fat ones -- look amazing with big eyes and little overalls. You can also get minion costumes basically anywhere, including Spirit, Party City in Heartland, Walmart and more. And you can get those for yourself and not your pets, just to be clear. As well PhatBoys Halloween Bootique on Dundas West has a huge selection of Minions stuff.

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Star Wars Characters

If you're excited about the new Star Wars movie, you might want to be a storm trooper and because we live near so many party superstores, you can be. If you know that you're meant to spend Oct. 31 as Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Yoda or Kylo Ren (I'm not sure who that is, but his outfit appears to be in the Star Wars section of the Party City website), you can grab your outfit at the aforementioned Party City or Spirit (they have a Darth Vader corset!).

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Superhero costumes are almost always popular because we all wish we were stronger, braver, more popular and better looking than we actually are. Although the category might seem a little ho-hum and generic, you can have fun with an age-old theme. If you check out Spirit, you can find this sexy Ninja Turtle costume (some parts sold separately), alluring Harley Quinn bodysuit or very cool He-Man or Ironman suit.

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Bonus: Sexy Costumes

Halloween is the perfect time to take bedroom roleplay to the streets. Sort of. You can bring your sexiest attire out into the world, but you best leave the bedroom acrobatics at home. If you really want to make a statement with an eye-catching costume that exudes confidence and sexuality, you have some options. Spirit sells some burlesque numbers, Hollywood Tickle Trunk has a belly dancer getup and the Stag Shop has some more fun and risque outfits for both men and women.

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