The Wizard’s Chest
230 Fillmore St.
Denver, CO 80206
If you have been in a wedding recently and still have your bridesmaid’s dress, Halloween is the perfect time to recycle. Dresses with chiffon or tulle are perfect for fairy costumes. All you need to do is add a pair of wings, a wand and glitter and you have yourself a fairy costume. If the dress is long and you want to make it a little sexier, cut the bottom and add some fishnets. It’s Halloween, so nobody will care if the seam is frayed or uneven. The Wizard’s Chest has a wide assortment of costume accessories, including wings, at various price points. Many are between $10-$15, and with such a big selection, you can color coordinate with your dress.
1412 S. Parker Road
Denver, CO 80231
As a celebration of all things spooky, why not embrace your inner devil? This costume is pretty easy to pull together. Just pair a tight black tee or tank top with a red tutu or a simple red skirt. Add some glittery horns and a tail for $5-$15, and you’ve got yourself an ensemble. If you don’t have a red skirt, check out Five Star Resale. This store is clean and well organized. It carries a lot of different fashion-forward brands, but you’ll still have to do some sifting. With a little patience, you should be able to find a cute skirt for under $10 and you may just be able to wear it again.
9797 W. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80215
Slasher Movie Villain
This year, put a sexy spin on your favorite psycho. Whether you are into Jason Voorhees or consider yourself more of a Ghostface girl, there are all kinds of movie villains that you can channel this Halloween. To browse a wide selection of costumes at all price points, check out Disguises. It has many options available for people on any budget. It also has a varied selection of plus-sized costumes so you will probably be able to find what you are looking for. Disguises rents costumes as well, so if you don’t want your sexy Freddy costume lingering in your closet, see if there is one for rent.
2777 W. Belleview Place
Littleton, CO 80123
It’s good to be the Queen Bee if only for one night. Sexy bee costumes are pretty easy to find and there are several packaged costumes under $20. If you prefer to be unique and add your own flair, this is also an easy costume to put together yourself. You’ll need black leggings, a black and yellow striped tee, wings and lots of tulle. Go to Denver Fabric Store and check out its selection. By stacking black and yellow tulle and finishing with an elastic waistband, you can fashion your own buzz-worthy tutu. Finish with an antenna headband and you’ll be ready to buzz around the city.
2707 Spruce St.
Boulder, CO 80304
There is a reason why the flapper is a Halloween staple. Flappers harken back to the romantic, carefree vibe of the Roaring 20s. In their day, these girls were sexy and always down to have some fun. The look is gaining popularity with shows like “Boardwalk Empire” and a big-screen adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” on the way. Channel your inner 1920′s bad girl with a brightly colored shift dress adorned in fringe. Top the look with a feathered head piece and round it out with sultry, smoky makeup. The flapper is a sexy and elegant costume that is perfect for a more upscale party. Common Threads in Boulder is well known for its annual Costume Swap. If you have a gently used costume from a previous Halloween, bring it to the store and trade it for another one. Or peruse the costume selection for a flapper dress at an affordable price.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.