As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, Halloween parties are the perfect cure to get through post Summer blues. Planning to visit Sri Lanka during Halloween? Although it is nowhere close to a Sri Lankan festival, you can be rest assured that plenty of events will be lined up for you to celebrate Halloween in style.
There are several Halloween themed nights out mostly in Colombo and Kandy, as these are the most populated cities in all of Sri Lanka. These entertaining parties include traditional apple bobbing Halloween games as well as fancy dress dance parties. And don’t be surprised if you see Halloween flavored items on menus at Sri Lankan restaurants!
Sri Lankans don’t really dress up and act outrageous for any local festival, but Halloween gives us all a perfect excuse to wear a costume and act crazy for a night. You are now probably wondering that if we are not the kind to costume-up regularly, where will you get yourself a costume for Halloween?
Don’t get left behind on the trick and treat season simply because you don’t know where to get a costume from! Just like the various religions and cultures catered to in the country, Colombo also has stores that caters to Halloween lovers! Get yourself a freaky, scary or a simply interesting disguise this season.
Malee Book Centre: Masks Specials
While some Halloween lovers want to create their own face mask, some are just too lazy to do so. If you are one of the latter, just drop in to Malee Book Centre at the Kollupitiya junction and look around their wide range of masks. From Mardi Gras Masquerade masks to scary masks, they have it all at extremely affordable prices (LKR 150-500). Pick something suitable to your costume and you are one step further in completing your Halloween costume!
Address: No. 3, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 03
Tel: 0777 394 444
Nail Anatomy: Nail Art
Nails are probably not something that may strike you at once when thinking of a Halloween costume. But if you are one who is fond of doing up your nails to suit the theme, make an appointment at Nail Anatomy – they’ve got some amazingly gruesome Halloween themed nail art to complement the rest of your look.
Address: 4 Reid Avenue, Colombo 7 (inside Lakpahana)
Tel: 0112 688 358
Angels & Brats: Kids Costumes
This store caters mostly to kiddies costumes and has less of the scary witch type ones and more of the superhero type costumes. So if you are looking to dress up your kid for a kiddies Halloween party, Angels & Brats is usually a popular stop.
Address: No.27, Havelock Road, Colombo 5
Tel: 011 258 1428
Midnight Divas: Props
Fake teeth, candy bags in the shape of eyeballs, Halloween themed bags, fake witch noses, devil horns, bunny eats, lights and brooches – any of these can be found at Midnight Divas for LKR 1000 or less. In addition to props, they also have all sorts of hats including themes such as Red Indian, Peter Pan, Cowboy, witch hat or even a fish hat!
Midnight Divas is a lingerie store and they also have a collection of kinky costume such as slutty nurses and so on which would work well for adults on Halloween.
Address: 39, Alfred Place, Colombo 03
Tel: 072 700 3003
The Party Station: Complete Package
If you are making a real commitment to your disguise this Halloween season, The Party Station has a complete wardrobe of costumes as well as props. Although a bit pricey, they also have famous wigs of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley! You could maybe get the wig of Marilyn Monroe and pair it with a white dress and red lipstick and voila! Complete grand costumes such as a King’s robe, Harry Potter’s glasses, Ironman and Batman masks are also available here. Cool props like a handlebar moustache or werewolf hands or fake blood is also available to make your Halloween decorations seem even more real!
Keep in mind this store offers discounts during the Halloween season and it’s the ideal place to invest heavily in a costume that you would like to disguise yourself in year after year on Halloween!
Address: No. 282, Liberty Arcade, R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03
Tel: 0117 537 770
JoJo’s: Complete Package
JoJo’s offers a complete package for all your costume solutions. Whether it is a Shakespearean costume, Muppet costume or contemporary one, she has it all. Most of her costumes are used in stage shows and she also caters to stitching customized ones as per your requirement. Oh and another great thing about JoJo’s is you can rent costumes from here for reasonable rates if you don’t want to purchase one.
Address: No. 9/1, TG Jayawardena Mawatha, off Greenpath, Colombo 03
Tel: 0777 772 726