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Vintage super hero masks at Times Vintage in Greenport. Credit: Tara Smith

October is in full swing and Halloween is just around the corner. So after you’ve picked your pumpkins, it’s time to start thinking about a costume.

Perhaps you’re planning an elaborate ensemble, a classic character, something meme-worthy or a nod to pop-culture: (Squid Game, anyone?) Or maybe you’ve put it off until the last minute.

Whether you’re staying in to greet trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood or eyeing the grand prize of a costume contest at a party or parade, there are plenty of local options to help you execute all your clever, creepy and creative ideas.

Here are some stops we recommend as you finalize your Halloween look.

The Times Vintage

429 Main St, Greenport

 Funky and eclectic finds await at the ever-evolving Times Vintage shop in Greenport.

“Halloween is definitely our time to shine,” said owner Elizabeth Sweigart. The shop carries an extensive collection of vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories like hats and wigs that can take your costume to the next level or help spark your imagination.

Sweigart also curated a backyard Halloween garden with some decor pieces and gently worn costumes ahead of the holiday.

“Every year is a little bit different because we never know what kind of inventory we’ll get,” Sweigart said. “Even just in everyday life, I believe in getting creative and not going to the big, fast-fashion places. We’re lucky we don’t have a lot of those options out here. It’s more fun.”

Ye Olde Party Shoppe

53850 Main Road, Southold

The only full-service party shop in the heart of Southold carries everything you’ll need this Halloween.

Though the shop carries a selection of themed supplies and accoutrements for your Halloween party, make sure to visit the lower level via a spooky stairwell to browse a collection of ready-to-wear costumes for all ages that run the gamut of cute to scary.

You can also find masks, wigs, hats, makeup, hair dye and other accessories here.

Halloween costumes at Ye Old party Shoppe in Southold. Credit: Tara Smith

The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center

319 East Main Street, Riverhead

Eastern Long Island Hospital Opportunity Shop

321 Main Street, Greenport

For those who prefer to DIY their look, buying second-hand not only saves money, but it’s more sustainable. It’s always worth venturing beyond designated Halloween sections to see what you can find. Scour the racks to find costume-ready pieces even in the unexpected: from an old flannel shirt to a discarded sports jersey, the possibilities for thrifted costumes are endless. On a recent trip, we spotted a plethora of button-up shirts and graphic t-shirts, denim jackets and boho dresses.

Halloween makeup at Beds & Borders

550 Main Road, Laurel

If dressing up isn’t your thing, you can still embrace the Halloween spirit with a face painting or makeup look.

Southold resident Sarah Rivas offers face painting and makeup for all ages during Friday Nights at the Gardens at Beds & Borders, an event that also  features local artists, jewelry and other vendors.

 “Halloween, art and spooky stuff has always been my passion,” Rivas said, explaining that this is the one time of year she can experiment and have fun, often using her friends as test subjects. 

The last event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. but you can also sign up for a Día de los Muertos inspired flower crown workshop at the gardens hosted by Cara McBride of Sow and Grow. Rivas will be offering sugar skull face paintings during the workshop.

Can’t make either event? If you’re interested in getting Halloween makeup done for a party or fun photo shoot, contact Rivas on Instagram at @sarahxhope.