Now is the time to make sure you get the costume you want this Halloween!

The usual Halloween costume 'haunts' here in Lafayette are now open and most stores have put out their Halloween wares.

If you want to shop local and prefer not to buy a costume you may only wear once, check out Lafayette mainstay Old Vogue Costume Rentals in downtown Lafayette. They have a great selection of costumes, including movie - accurate costumes that you can't buy in stores. I rented a Jack Nicholson Joker costume from them years ago and it was a huge hit.

Spirit Halloween on Ambassador (old World Market by Target) has some great new items for 2017, including new animatronics. Here's my favorite Spirit Halloween animatronic for 2017.

Spirit Halloween on Johnston is now open and has the same great selection as the Ambassador location.

Halloween City, the seasonal Halloween store run by Party City, is now open in the old Marshall's on Ambassador (by the new World Market). Party City has always had a great selection of Halloween costumes, decorations, and accessories, and you'll find that and more at Halloween City. I found some old (and now pricey) decorations at HC last year due to them holding on to old stock for resale each year.