5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween Locally

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You know Halloween is encroaching on us when you see those "big box" costume retailers descending on vacant retail spaces. By the time we've woken from our candy- and festivity- induced slumber on November 1, they have already packed up their leftovers and skipped town with their profits. So why do we continue to spend our hard-earned dollars at these phantom costume retailers, rather than at independent businesses that have been rooted in our community for sometimes 40 years or more? This is a question we should explore, as we list the ways to go local this Halloween:

1. Buy or rent your costume from a local business. Keep your dollars circulating in our community by supporting our local costume retailers (many of which have steep discounts right now!). If you're looking to save a few dollars, try renting your costume this year. Arizona Fun Services rents costumes for as little as $10! Find a full list of locally-owned costume renters and retailers here. You can also check out local children's apparel retailers for some costume options, call ahead to check their inventory. Or you can hit the local vintage stores to create your own disguise.

2. Get your sweets locally. The trick-or-treaters will certainly remember your front door if you drop a Fairytale Brownie in their bag! Or you can visit Bashas', our hometown grocer, and see their screaming deals on all sorts of candy. Click here to see our list of local candy retailers.

3. Enjoy the local festivities and events. Local businesses and organizations all over the Valley and the state are hosting spooky events for all ages!  Click here to see the 2013 list of local Halloween events across Arizona.

4. Throwing a party? Go local! Grab a keg of Four Peak's Pumpkin Porter or SanTan Brewery's Oktoberfest. Get a local caterer for the best bites. If you're planning a big bash, just hire a local event planner to take care of the whole thing!

5. Pick up a locally-grown pumpkin for carving. Bashas' will be selling Arizona-grown pumpkins! You can also visit farms across the state that will be hosting pumpkin harvesting events.

So this Halloween, take the pledge to support our local businesses, the ones that stay rooted in our community the entire year.

Which local businesses will you be visiting to fill your Halloween needs? Let us know in the comments section!