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!
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.