Tastes in Halloween costumes change quickly, but the team at Halloween Club knows that some staples never go out of style. Taco costumes, for instance. Creepy masks, police uniforms, and pirate apparel aren't forgotten either, allowing patrons to finish their cosplay outfit, celebrate Halloween, or put together a really spectacular excuse for not going into work. To round out the store's selection, there's outlandish props, too, such as seven-foot-tall haunted tree automated to flail spookily on its own.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
The Death Star, a shark, and a beehive have absolutely nothing in common. Except at Simply Irresistible, where they're all part of a portfolio of specialty cakes crafted to look like the real thing?and to taste good, too. The bake shop also turns out cookies shaped like dinosaurs and gorgeous tiered wedding cakes; if their clients can dream it up, the bakers can likely make it. Committed to quality ingredients, they also hand-craft a range of gourmet cupcakes from farm-fresh dairy and real butter, creating flavor iterations such as cinnamon-roll, key lime pie, and lemon-raspberry.