IN A FLASH: Whether you're impersonating a famous retro figure or just bringing out your Halloween alter ego, the staff at Flashbacks in Hillcrest and Encinitas will make you as bold as you want to be. Check out the awesome Thriller teen wolf display in the Uptown store, and get ready for a fabulous fashion hunt.
FRESH BREATH: Go ahead and try to stump the staff at Buffalo Breath in Mission Hills, but you probably won't succeed. They have a huge space full of every kind of costume you can imagine, from ancient history to horror flicks. Plus, you can rent or buy, so you won't be stuck trying to figure out how to translate that French maid outfit into daytime wear.
WILD THINGS: Halloween is one of the few times that wigs, caked-on makeup and over-the-top accessories will get you a high five. Get the most out of your gussying-up by making a stop at The Costume Shop in North Park. From fake teeth to fairy wings, men and women alike will find the perfect façade.
GHOUL'S NIGHT: For one-stop Halloween shopping, it's hard to beat Party City. Pick up party favors, paper plates, decorations and ready-made costumes in less time than it takes to unwrap up a mummy.
JOHN DOE'S: Temporary halloween stores are popping up all over the county, with varying levels of quality and quantity. For incredibly cheap leggings, fishnets, bodysuits, plastic swords, masks, etc., head down to Ocean Beach and stop by the unnamed outpost located around the 5000 block of Newport Avenue. You never know what you might find!