Updated 18:02 PM PHT Wed, October 19, 2016
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Despite being a foreign concept introduced to this country by Americans, Halloween isn’t as devoid of Filipino sensibilities as one would think. Pangangaluluwa, for example, is the act of going house to house, much like how kids do when they go trick or treating, but the local tradition can instead go two ways: An object or ornament gets stolen from your house and is returned the next day, albeit in a peculiar place, or songs will be sung, where it is common practice to reward the singers with either money or treats.
In both cases, costumes aren’t really a necessity. The tradition of dressing up on Halloween comes from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain which means “summer’s end.” During this time, the veil that separates this world and the next is at its thinnest, allowing spirits to walk out and about. The living leave treats out to appease these spirits. Eventually, people started to dress up as spirits to receive treats as well. The Samhain is celebrated after the sun sets on Halloween, and on Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day.
Whatever you choose to do on All Hallow’s Eve, here are five costume stores ready to dress you up for your Halloween festivities.
Bumblebee opened its doors in 2004 and has been a staple for kid’s costumes ever since. With costumes ranging from Captain America to a packet of ketchup, there is surely something for your little trick-or-treater. Want something a little bit more special for the kids? It’s also possible to place a custom order on a costume, but orders must be placed at least three weeks in advance to allot time for production.
Bumblebee is located at Unit 201 B, 2nd Floor, Three Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Schedule an appointment on their official website.
For the Maria Clara or Crisostomo Ibarra in you, there’s always Camp Suki. Established in 1979, Lito Perez’s Camp Suki has been a pioneer in the manufacturing and renting of period costumes, accessories, and headdresses. Inspiration drawn from history and Perez’s personal flair for design give Camp Suki’s creations the iconic Pinoy look with a touch of avant-garde.
Camp Suki is open from Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is located at 786 Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City.
Skitzo is the place for those seeking a little more variety. Its collection of costumes and accessories for kids, adults, and even pets ensures that the whole family can join in the fun. With costumes heavily inspired by popular culture to the classic ghosts-vampires-zombies mold, Skitzo’s will surely have something for everyone. They also take custom orders which take approximately two weeks to complete, providing discounts for group orders of three or more.
Skitzo is open from Monday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and is located at Unit M at The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati City.
Founded in 2014, with a group of comic book aficionados at its helm, Crossover Costumes has been a source for more uncommon superhero costumes. From the full spectrum of Lantern Corps Suits to the Spider-Gwen Spiderman costume, Crossover Costume has it covered. Need a quick costume to get you out of a pinch? Their rentals are at a per-day rate, saving you from having to throw together a DIY costume at the very last minute.
Crossover Costume is an online rental service. Visit their Facebook page for a full list of costumes you can rent.
Mame’s Cosplay Shop offers costumes geared towards the anime-lover crowd. It has a wide array of costumes, wigs, props, and footwear, perfect for the next big cosplay event. However, Mame’s Cosplay Shop does not accept walk-ins, and clients must book an appointment before dropping by the store.
Mame’s Cosplay Shop is open from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is located at 1057 Maria Cristina St., Sampaloc, Manila.