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Top places to get Halloween costumes in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of House of Holiday


Whether your kid is looking for the ultimate trick-or-treat outfit or you are searching for this year’s Halloween party winner, the borough has plenty of stores specializing in the scariest, trendiest and most unique costumes for the holiday.

Disney Store
Queens Center
90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst

The only Disney store in the borough, here you’ll find costumes for all the favorite Disney movies, including “Frozen,” “Toy Story” and more. For Halloween, the store is offering 25 percent off costumes and costume accessories (with the exclusion of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Frozen” items), as well as 25 percent off the ticketed sale priced items.

House of Holiday
90-02 Atlantic Ave., Ozone Park

House of Holiday, a seemingly Christmas-focused store located in Ozone Park, offers over 125 costume options for Halloween, and although it does not have the full collection in stock yet, it looks forward to the next rollout which will have the store and the community ready for this October holiday. Halloween store hours vary.

Party City
211-20 Northern Blvd., Bayside
30-10 Whitestone Expy., College Point
74-17 Grand Ave., Elmhurst
34-60 48th Ave., Long Island City

Party City offers a variety of costumes including couples’ and group costumes, as well as decorations with different themes for all kinds of party needs. It also has several locations around the city, including four stores in Queens.

Party World
107-16 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills

According to Party World, this large store carries a variety of costumes to meet your Halloween needs. The selection includes outfits for kids and adults in a range of prices.

Ricky’s Halloween Superstore
30-83 Steinway St., Astoria
165-21 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica

Ricky’s Halloween Superstore considers itself “an edgy, ultra-hip beauty shop” with a wide array of costume collections for all ages. It’s known for its funky style and has 25 stores in NYC to choose from, including two pop-up locations in Queens.

Spirit Halloween
107-18 70th Rd., Forest Hills
99-17 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
20-11 Francis Lewis Blvd., Whitestone
(gallery store — costumes & accessories)
73-26 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village • 718-644-2762
(gallery store — costumes & accessories)

With around a month left until Halloween, Spirit Halloween and its multiple locations are already filled with holiday spirit, helping families in the community prepare with a variety of costumes including all sorts of brands from “Sesame Street” to “Star Wars,” “The Hunger Games” and everything in between.


AUDIO SLIDESHOW: First annual Queens Kids’ Expo

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


It was all fun and games – with an emphasis on families and education — at The Queens Courier’s first annual Kids’ Expo this past weekend.

Close to 1,500 people attended. Hundreds of children were able to play with games and interactive models at the New York Hall of Science while their parents absorbed useful information from 50 various vendors about summer camps, children’s health, deals, tutoring and fun activities and places, such as the Queens Zoo.

“You come here and you find a lot that you need as a parent,” said Laura Reyes of Forest Hills.

Reyes was talking to New York Life Insurance about setting up an account for her five-year-old daughter, LeAnna Baez.

“I get information, she has fun, it’s a win-win situation.”

Children indulged in cotton candy, face painting, airbrush tattoos, spin art and a photo booth provided by Frankie’s Carnival Time. There was also kite making and entertainment by a clown from the Big Apple Circus.

A live minion, the short, yellow creatures from the movie “Despicable Me,” and Snoopy from the Charlie Brown cartoon greeted kids as well.

The event was sponsored by EmblemHealth, Party City, jetBlue, Rapid Realty, the Big Apple Circus, Frost Valley YMCA, North Shore Animal Hospital, Fidelis Care, Happy Family Foods, Frankie’s Carnival Time, American Style Baby and Caliper Orthodontics.

Vendors had the opportunity to talk with parents and introduce their products and services.

The expo “is giving us great exposure,” said Morgan Chen, head trainer at Title Boxing Club. “We’re due to open May 1. We came out here to get our name out there and get some pre-registrants.”

Some attendees went home with raffle prizes including gift cards, gift baskets, a stroller, Big Apple Circus tickets and Broadway tickets donated by Queens businesses.

And there were grand prizes to raffle off as well. Sharon Seales won a five-day, four-night trip to Cancun, Mexico, donated by The Creative Group, while Nneka Wharton won an iPad donated by Rapid Realty and Shanae Barrett won a two-week stay at Frost Valley YMCA sleep-away camp.

One hundred percent of the raffle proceeds will go to Life’s WORC.

“I think what made the day so successful was the variety of vendors – everything from baby products to home improvement,” said Amy Amato, VP of Events. “We gave parents the opportunity to speak to experts and receive a lot of information under one roof while children had fun. The giveaways and prizes added great energy and excitement. Everyone left with a smile!”