Goblins and Ghouls and Ghosts, Oh My!


What’s scariest? 
  A: Traffic on Route 4 at 3pm on a Friday afternoon
  B: Your 3 year old on a sugar high on Halloween Eve
  C: Your tween showing just a little too much “belly” in her belly dancer costume
(see answer at end of the article)

Well, unfortunately we can’t help you with A or B, but we’ve got your back on C.  Grab some more “fully clothed” options for your kids when you hit these Bergen Costume Shops for some of the newest dress up on the market.


Spirit Halloween Shop
This Route 4 pop up shop by Spirit has one of the widest selections of costumes in the area.  We admit we jumped when we heard the Freddie Kruger theme playing in the background and spied the mummies in coffins and other gory creatures.  Check out the shop on Saturday, October 16th for their co-sponsored event with Mr. Cupcake, special prizes and McGruff. 

BERGENMAMA SPECIAL: 20% off any one item between October 16th and October 23rd .  Mention “Bergenmama” at checkout

Spirit Halloween Shop
55 Route 4, Paramus

Halloween Costume Warehouse
Two floors in the old Fortunoff space are filled with costumes, decorations and Halloween accessories.- You’ll find it hard to believe it’s the same place where you bought your lawn furniture two years ago.  Looking for something specific? No problem, salespeople have access to a catalog of every store item right at their fingertips.

BERGENMAMA SPECIAL: $5 off any purchase of $30 or more (print coupon to the right)
Halloween Costume Warehouse
150 Route 17N, Paramus

Ken’s Magic Shop
You got the kids squared away, but who’s going to dress mama?  Hit Ken’s Magic Shop for some of the best costumes to rent or buy.  They also offer theatrical makeup, hats and masks of any kind.  Be anything you dream up or pick a duo costume for you and your better half.
Ken’s Magic Shop
28-01 Broadway, Fairlawn

Having a party?  Pick up a case of Pumpking Imperial Ale by Southern Tier.  Legend says its brewed with a “pagan spirit” who waylays travelers, leaving them forever changed.  All we know is the ale’s spicy aroma and deep copper color bewitched our tongue.  Not to mention the bottles will look super-festive on a Halloween table. (Available at Whole Foods Market Paramus $9 per 22oz bottle)


The pressure is on to make some cute edibles for your tot’s class or your own Halloween fete.  Try this quick and easy recipe for White Chocolate Ghost Lollipops.  We did and they disappeared before we could say “boo”.

    Melt 12oz of white chocolate chips in a pot over simmering water,  stirring occasionally
    Once melted, remove from heat and stir in 1 ½ tablespoons of   vegetable oil
    Measure 1 teaspoon of the mixture and drop onto a wax paper lined   baking sheet
    Shape with back of a spoon into ghost shape
    Roll a lollipop stick into the middle of the ghost
    Then place two mini chocolate chip eyes on the ghosts face
    Refrigerate for 10 minutes, then peel off wax paper (makes 18 lollipops)

Answer: All of the above.  They’re all frightening.


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