Halloween has a long and twisted history in the Motor City. Starting in the 1970s, the “Devil’s Night” phenomenon grew out of Detroit and the surrounding suburbs as a way of many city youth rebelling through and dealing with crime, poverty and desolation in their hometown. But these days, thankfully, many of the bad memories of “Devil’s Night” have been erased and the good people of Motown look to each Halloween as a way to celebrate the spooky fall season with family and friends. Here are some great local stores that will help get you and your house decorated, costumed and ready for some fun.
Screamers Costumes
35431 S. Gratiot Ave.
Clinton Township, MI 48035
(586) 790-5855
www.screamerscostumes.com

Since 1968, Screamers Costumes has been one of the top go-to places in Metro Detroit for Halloween decorations and costume favorites. Originally located in a 900-square-foot storefront in Detroit, Screamers Costumes has grown into a 5,000-square-foot warehouse-sized retail juggernaut. Open year-round, business is always good at Screamers, but every fall, this local favorite becomes a community staple, able to serve your every Halloween need.

Lynch’s Theatrical Department Store
939 Howard St.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 565-3425
www.lynchs.com

Lynch’s Theatrical Department Store isn’t only one of the online world’s leaders in costumes and decorations, but it also has its home location setup here in Dearborn, just outside of Detroit. Lynch’s specializes in high-quality, theater-grade costumes, makeup and equipment. If you’re really looking to have the best of the best for all of your decoration and costume essentials, look no further than Lynch’s. Its online catalog showcases just how wide and varied the selection really is.

Costume Rentals By Judy
332 W. Caroline St.
Fenton, MI 48430
(810) 629-9347
www.costumerentalsbyjudy.com

For 14 years, Costume Rentals By Judy has been serving the Metro Detroit area with custom costumes that are second to none in sheer awesomeness. Give Judy a call and arrange a private appointment to have a custom fitting and costume tryout for your dream Halloween costume today. Judy’s has over 1,000 costumes to choose from and specializes in adult costumes, though some children’s costumes can be accommodated. Anytime you need a costume rental, Judy’s will work to find what best suits you, your looks and tastes and your wallet.

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Halloween Bazaar
45400 Utica Park Blvd.
Utica, MI 48315
(586) 323-0666
www.halloweenbazaar.com

Halloween Bazaar is a regional favorite that has grown to three Southeast Michigan locations and a Northwest Ohio location as well. With this 2014 Halloween season, Halloween Bazaar announced the opening of its brand new Monroe location. Halloween Bazaar specializes in helping customers find the best decorations for their Halloween parties and lawn decor at an affordable price, as well as costumes. Each location often advertises current sales and specials on the Facebook website.

Showtime Detroit
5708 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 875-9280
www.showtimedetroit.com

Since 1989, Showtime Detroit has been helping some of the Motor City’s best musicians and entertainers dress to look their best. Specializing in rock and roll and “bizarre” music outfits, Showtime will help you dress and decorate yourself as the most eye-popping person at the costume party. Owner Dan has been helping transform professionals and party-goers into the coolest individuals in the room with his mix of authentic and downright awesome costumes and clothing. Stop in this Halloween to find that perfect match for you and your friends and give your Halloween party a totally authentic look and feel.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.

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