Oct. 27 2011 12:00 AM

Where to buy hair dye and sugar skulls

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Lusty Lavender! Pink Fetish!

There are a few accoutrements you may need for this coming Monday. We are here to help.

Hair Dye: One of my favorite stores in San Diego is, in fact, a chain, but a weird one. It's Ulta, a cross between Sephora and the best drugstore make-up department, ever. In other words, it features make-up, skin and hair products, from the low-brow on up to the high. They have a great selection of semi-permanent and temporary hair dye, so if your costume requires you get some pink or green hair, check them out. They have locations in UTC, San Marcos, Oceanside and Carlsbad.

Wigs: Secrets Wig Designs in North Park is my fave for Halloween because they thoroughly get the theatrical side of wearing wigs. They outfit many of the drag queens in town and also have a great selection of fake eyelashes. Granada Wigs on Park Boulevard has a huge selection, too. And for cheapies, along with all crazy costumes and accessories, hit up Buffalo Breath near the Airport. Or you could knit one like this.

Day of the Dead paraphernalia: For all your Hallow's Eve's goodies like sugar skulls and altars, you can't go wrong with Back from Tomboctou on Adams Avenue. This is their time of year—Dia de los Muertos is their specialty. Need more? Try Vintage Religion in North Park. Or take a class at Rare Hair Art Studios on altar making. You can bring the kids!

Creepy music: Hit up blogs like Aquarium Drunkard and Gorilla Vs. Bear for free downloadable Halloween mixes. If you feel like that's stealing, then stream a Halloween mix from NPR's Folk Alley.

Random online halloween goodness: Here are some really gross recipes. And what can you do with all that candy you have lying around, besides eat it, of course? Make flavored vodka with it. Speaking of which, here's a guide to throwing a grown-up Halloween Party. This DIY caramel-apple kit is just plain cute. And if you're still looking for Halloween costume inspiration, and my column didn't do it for you, check out Etsy's round-up of creative costumes


Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
See all events on Thursday, Apr 28