Many moons ago, we brought you a list of Birmingham-themed Halloween costumes. It’s one we still stand behind, but this year we’re taking a deep dive into one of our favorite neighborhoods: Downtown, and its Loft District. We took the timing–just over a week to go before the big day–into consideration, too, with some ideas you can pull off even at the last minute. So without further adieu, and in no particular order, here’s our 2016 list of downtown Birmingham Halloween costumes:
Bamboo on 2nd is kind of a phenomenon, and sushi is an easy-ish last-minute Halloween costume. Brit and Co even suggests it as a group costume option. To make your look more Birmingham-specific, consider recreating one of Bamboo’s outside-the-box rolls. Pro-tip: the secret’s in the sauce drizzle.
There’s always plenty of Halloween love for a flapper costume, but vaudeville gives you leave to be more eccentric. And if the Lyric’s re-opening isn’t worth celebrating with costume, we’re not sure what is. It’s probably worth a trip to Zoe’s in Forest Park if you choose this option, but it’s sure to make a statement.
Downtown’s used bookstore and “museum of fond memories” is an icon in its own right. Our resident blogger even has wedding photos with the store’s Third Avenue window as a backdrop. How do I put this one together? You might ask. To which we say, with gleeful abandon. Perhaps a Charlie Chaplin-styled suit and a Piggly Wiggly hat plus snout. Or the A Christmas Story leg lamp meets Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Both topped with a book from Reed’s.
It’s hands down our most low-key suggestion, but who doesn’t love the Bandit Baking Co. goodies at Feast & Forest? Our version involves a chef’s coat, a Zorro/Lone Ranger mask, and maybe a whisk. A dark chocolate sea salt cookie never hurt anyone, either.
If you witnessed the dachshund parade, you’ll understand our soft spot for Oktoberfest at Das Haus. Plus, it’s still October, so why not take a two-birds-one-stone approach? You might even be able to score discount lederhosen at this late date.
Happy haunting, y’all.