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Abracadabra in New York City

It is October and New Yorker’s are settling into their fall schedules.  Part of the schedule is thinking about and preparing for Halloween at the end of the month.  This is a notable holiday in the city with parties, parades and then some more parties.

Retailers recognize the demand and starting mid-September any previously vacant storefront will be temporarily occupied with a Halloween costume pop-up business.  These stores encompass the standard outfits and will charge a premium for the opportunity to be a pirate, cat, cheerleader or clown on the 31st (standard and “sexy” options are always available.)

If you want to really embrace Halloween, I suggest checking out Abracadabra on 19 West 21st Street.  I had never heard of this store until yesterday when I decided to wander around the city for a bit and was drawn in by some creepy figures peering out a window and staring at me from across the street.  Not sure what that says about me, but I went anyway.

Abracadabra is a three-level, prop, magic, costume, accessory, you name it store.  You can rent or buy or in my case just walk around and check out all the great life-sized creatures in the store.  I even saw a sign offering a scary special effects make-up course for $35 (which seems like a great deal.)

This store is also open year around so you can get your fix of cosplay anytime you want.  Enjoy.

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