Finding the perfect Halloween costume |

Finding the perfect Halloween costume

Last year for Halloween Dick "Gooch" Shine went as “Thing 21.”

— Halloween in Steamboat Springs is kind of a big deal. Main Street is shut down while kids — even those young at heart— dress up as a new character for the night.

For those who don't have a costume yet, it may be time to start coming up with a few ideas.

Packaged costumes, accessories and more can be found at Colorado Event Rentals, off of Elk River Road. Lisa Warner said the store has many options for kids. And a few trends she has seen in the past year and so far this season have been skin suit of all colors, pirates and zombies just to name a few.

In addition to the pre-packaged disguises, Warner said there also is a wall of weapons, lots of hats, accessories and wigs for those with a more creative outlook for their costume.

DIY costume ideas from a few readers includes Three Blind Mice, South Park characters, kings and queens, black and white movie character, jet pack costumes, the leg lamp from "A Christmas Story," Banksy, tubers, famous celebrities as zombies, Where's Waldo, gnomes, robots, superheroes, characters from “The Office,” Harry Potter characters, ninja turtles, a rocketman, “Star Wars” characters, Saucer Boy, care bears, a martini glass and so much more.

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At The Costume Party located in Sundance Plaza, Sandy Pugh said she has seen a lot of trends this year in the costumes people choose. Many of the costumes are not pre-packaged and come from Katie's costumes out of Craig or have been collected throughout the years. Pugh said they rent and sell many of the costumes and have a variety of accessories to go with them.

The store has a little bit of everything from any time period. Discovering new trends each year, Pugh said she has seen people looking for Cruella de Vil costumes, Wizard of Oz characters, red riding hood, Boxtrolls, Jackson 5 and Pocahontas. For the kids, she said any character from the movie "Frozen" has been the most popular trend this year.

"It's one of those holidays where you can really be any character or villan you want to be," said Sarah Helmstetter, who had a friend that was a Rubik’s Cube last year. "I've never seen a town where people get so creative for Halloween; people here are really crafty. This year should be interesting to see what everyone comes up with."

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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