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Dress up for a good cause in Eagle County this Halloween

Lauren Glendenning
Eagle County, CO Colorado
Lauren Glendenning/Vail DailyEagle Valley Middle School students Maya Nicholson, left, and Tina Frasco, both 12, tried on Halloween costumes together at the Thrifty Shoppe in Edwards, Coilorado Saturday.

EAGLE COUNTY “-Most of us in Eagle County, Colorado wait until the last minute to decide on a Halloween costume. We’re surrounded by pumpkins and candy, yet we still don’t decide what to go as until just days or hours before the big day.

In a valley with little shopping options outside of the ultra high-end, it’s important to remember the stores that not only cater to our budgets, but also give back to our community.

Vail Valley Cares, a nonprofit that helps locals in need, has a large selection of costumes at both of its Thrifty Shoppes in Edwards and Eagle. Costumes have been flying out of both stores, says Executive Director Greg Osteen, but there’s still a bunch of quality stuff to choose from before Halloween.

“We’ve got tons of masks ” everything from Ronald Reagan to big scary masks,” he says. “We have just about anything you can imagine.”

Costumes are as inexpensive as $1, going up to about $15 at the highest.

Phil Carter, who runs both stores, says there are some really great costumes left for children especially. Power Ranger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes have been a big hit, and little girls have a great selection of fairy-type costumes. Batman and Spiderman were both seen at the Edwards store over the weekend. All of these costumes run in the $5 range.

The stores always have a great selection of retro ski suits, which can make for a fun ” and warm ” Halloween costume. Prices for the ski suits run a little higher, but they’re still great deals, Carter says.

Costumes that went for $100 brand new will only set you back about $12 to $15 at the Thrifty Shoppe, Osteen says.

Prices like that are hard to resist, but giving back to the community is the bigger selling point, he says.

All of the proceeds from the Thrifty Shoppes go right back into the community, either to help out individual families in need or other organizations that give back to the community, Osteen says. It’s a way to get into the holiday spirit by donning inexpensive and fashionable costumes for a good cause.

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