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Halloween is around the corner, signaling that it’s time to get started on costume selections for all of the amazing bashes that are taking place in the D. Whether putting together matching couple outfits so you and yours can resurrect the life and times of the White Stripes before they called it quits or to re-create the stars of the new superhero movie being filmed in the area (Batman and Superman), check out the costume and specialty shops in the area for a budget-conscious alternative to the slash-and-burn chain stores that pop up around this time each year.

Haberman Fabrics
905 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-0010

Design your own costume this year; it’s an excellent way to save some cash and create a unique costume that nobody else will have. Haberman Fabrics has fabrics galore, baubles and notions with all the trimmings to complete the perfect look for Halloween. Check out the selection of sale fabrics for the best prices in town and dig through the clearance items to save a pretty penny on all the amazing ingredients for your handmade work of art.

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Screamers Costumes
35431 S. Gratiot Ave.
Clinton Township, MI 48035
(586) 790-5855

Screamers carries a huge selection of costumes and accessories that won’t break the bank. Anything imaginable can be found in this 5,000-square-foot costume shop. Get lost in row after row of masks, with a collection that rivals stores in LA. Find costumes for kids, adults and in between at this local haunt that has everything from popular superstars and action heroes to ghosts and ghouls that will spook the living daylights out of you.

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Fantasy Attic Costumes
19 E. Cross St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
(734) 482-5409

This is a great shop for those who want to look like a professional this Halloween without spending a serious amount of cash to do so. Fantasy Attic Costumes has an astounding array of everything needed to dress up in a major way. Get lost in your imagination while searching every aisle, discovering all this shop has to offer. Try on hats, check out wigs and stock up on make-up while searching for the ultimate inexpensive costume. In addition to reasonably priced get-ups, Fantasy Attic Costumes also offers rentals, an excellent way to stretch a budget even further.

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Lynch’s Theatrical Supply
939 Howard St.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 565-3425

This is the place to go for realistic-looking make-up; Lynch’s carries and extensive selection of specialty theatrical make-up. Here you will find wigs, hats of all styles and any accessory imaginable that will take any costume from ordinary to extraordinary. The prices are very reasonable and this shop carries many hard-to-find items. Although the shop isn’t the largest in the area, it has just about anything needed to create an inexpensive Halloween costume that will get you noticed.

Sutton’s Costumes and Tuxedos
4500 Dixie Highway
Waterford, MI 48329
(248) 673-2320

Sutton’s Costumes and Tuxedos houses over 12,000 costumes and accessories at the expansive location throughout the year. This shop also offers rentals, a savvy alternative to dropping a ton of cash that’s great for those not looking to commit to being the frontman from KISS every Halloween. Categories include Victorian-era reproductions, celebrity wardrobes and masks, an extensive selection of costumes spanning the decades from the roaring 20s to the psychedelic 70s and even Steampunk. Accessories include wigs, body paint, hats and just about anything needed to put the finishing touches on the perfect costume.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.