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Monday, September 13, 2010

Halloween Costumes on a Budget

Halloween Costumes on a Budget

Arrgh! Pirates remain one of the best-selling Halloween costumes for adults.

Rae Huo

If you’re starting to think about Halloween, don’t miss “Boo-Yah!” At this costume exchange, you can sell, trade or give away your old costumes, and pick up a new one. I love this idea: It’s eco- and budget-friendly. The exchange is Saturday, Sept. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Venue at Bambu Two (1146 Bethel St.)

Bring your clean costume in a clear bag, marked with your name and if the Halloween costume is for sale or free. Sellers will handle their own sales, while enjoying cocktails, and anything left over goes to Goodwill. E-mail your RSVP to

Recycled costumes can also be found at Savers, in Kalihi and Waipahu. The company sells new costumes ($7.99 to $59), too, and, of course, lots of second-hand accessories and clothing for assembling your own Halloween look. also has how-tos on how to transform  into Katy Perry, Lady Gaga or Snooki, all sure to be hot costumes this year. Other popular costumes are expected to be drawing inspiration from True Blood, Mad Men, Alice in Wonderland and Avatar.

For free makeup tips, check out the company’s video how-tos.

Spooky Science

They don’t go bump in the night, but they lurk in the dark, cold depths. Take your kids to see The Bishop Museum’s new exhibition, “Creatures of the Abyss,” opening on Sept. 29. The exhibit has a life-sized model of a colossal squid, and a Bioluminescence Theatre, where visitors can find out how animals see and communicate in complete darkness using colored light shows. Who knows, a costume inspiration may strike you there, as well.

Photo: Bishop Museum


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