Ghouls and goblins aren’t the only things to be feared this Halloween. Running out of fun-sized candy amidst a rush of trick-or-treating neighbors or trying to snag a last-minute costume a few hours before your party — those are the real nightmares.
Whether you’re stocking up on candy corn because it’s your all-time-favorite sugar fix or you just need a big bag of mini Snickers for the coming trick-or-treaters, you’ve got plenty of shopping options.
If you want to aim for the cool factor with your Halloween candy, Walgreens stores in Fremont have a great selection of spooky treats like their packages of gummy body parts, running between $1.50 and $4.50 each when you buy two. Their big bags of Hershey’s, Skittles, and Wonka candies have been on sale recently for $7.99, while smaller bags will run you between $3 and $7.
Costco locations have just two fun-size candy options, both selling for $13.99. They’ve got between 100 and 150 pieces in them, with candies like M&Ms, Hershey’s and Nestlé.
At , be sure to peruse the Halloween aisle for tons of great deals on candy. Their 100 packs of mini Almond Joy, Heath and Reese’s are just $9.99, while other big bags with 70 to 100 pieces are between $9 and $13. Smaller 10 oz. bags are mostly $2.50, and the “jumbo” bags, about twice the size, are $5.
Looking for costumes for your kids?
Costco has a small section of costumes for babies and girls. Your toddlers can dress up as a cute cow, cat, dragon or tiger for $12.99, while girls can choose to be a Disney princess, medieval queen, pirate or cowgirl with a price tag between $15 and $20. Unfortunately, you’ll be out of luck if you’re looking for boys’ costumes, any sort of makeup, masks or costume accessories.
Walgreens has a wonderful selection of cheap toddler, boys', girls' and even some adult costumes. Pirates, Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell, Super Mario, skeletons, pixies and vampires are all options, each running you between $10 and $25. You’ll also find a variety of wigs between just $6 and $8, hats, masks and makeup kits to complete your look.
The most comprehensive costume outlets, of course, are the pop-up Spirit Halloween stores, which . According to a store spokesperson, the hottest costumes this year are characters from the Angry Birds mobile game, Charlie Sheen and zombies.
Check out one or more of the seasonal Halloween stores in the Tri-Cities area.
Spirit Halloween stores have set up at (510-818-0671); Mowry East, 5200 Mowry Ave., Fremont (510-796-4074); and Southland Mall, Hayward (510-293-9958).
Halloween City is also operating at Southland Mall. Party City Halloween stores are at Pacific Commons, 43732 Christy St., Fremont; Union Landing, 30761 Dyer St., Union City; and Milpitas Center, 311 W. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas.
Here you’ll find every type of costume, mask, wig and accessory imaginable, plus a wide variety of home props, makeup kits, fake blood, vampire teeth, you name it. Just don’t try shopping there too close to Halloween — the crowds are monstrous!