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Is It Your Daydream or Nightmare?

Is it your Daydream or Nightmare?

By: Shasta Boss


October falls into the heart of Autumn with beautiful colors and falling leaves. It also holds cheerful times like Oktoberfest with the yummy beer and my favorite holiday of them all, Halloween and not just for the candy. Dressing up for a journey of fun creates amazing memories for all ages. Halloween holds the magic to transform yourself into a frightening creature or a glittery glamor queen or anything in between.


Exploring around the neighborhood I found the perfect local hot spot for finding all your Halloween needs, Daydreams and Nightmares (1408 Carpenter Rd). This place is “the one stop costume stop” yet they specialize in items for all holidays not just Halloween. The owner of Daydreams and Nightmares, Dana, is always around the store and willing to go the extra mile to help you find or create exactly what you are looking for. Yes, they will custom create costumes for you and transform simple products into your dream ensemble. Mostly everything they carry on the floor is for sale, they do have a back room that is filled with rentable costumes and accessories. They carry everything from Vampires, Pirates, Zoot suits, Gladiators, biblical, fairy tale, and all eras from Victorian to Graffiti inspired wardrobe. They also put entire ensembles together adding hats, shoes, gloves, ties, weapons, jewelry, wigs, headpieces, and more to make it complete. For the vampires who need their perfected K9 teeth sharp and fitted they will make a mold for your specific teeth and the adhesive is guaranteed to stick. They carry fun and scary props as well, like treasure boxes filled with gold coins and skull chandeliers. They specialize in teen and adult costumes and they carry plus size costumes that they can custom fit. They also love staying and working locally within our community. They supply the high schools and college with theatre makeup and mascot costumes.


Daydreams and Nightmares have many costumes for all holidays not just Halloween, that is why they are open year around. They offer Santa suits, Grinch masks, Easter bunny costumes, Mardi Gras outfits, car costumes for the fourth of July or the Graffiti parade, and much more. They have just received a new shipment of quality made corsets and skirts too. 


The employees, or should Ialso say Stylists and Makeup Artists, are very knowledgeable about all of the products that they carry. Personal crème kits are for those of you wanting to try your costume makeup yourself. For others wanting a professional make over, they offer full service Makeup Artists to create anything from “glitter to blood” or so Collin, a store associate, Makeup Artist and Wardrobe Designer, said it. So if your looking for the perfect quality made rental costume, custom made costume, or just want to go out casual with extreme makeup, then you must go visit Daydreams and Nightmares.


Thank you to Dana, the owner, Collin and Julie for all your help and letting us use the costume store forthis photo shoot. Models were Andrea Joyce (Ringmaster and Spider), CandaceMendes (Cinderella), and Annie Hollis (Saloon Girl). Photography by


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Did you know?

“Every Fifteen Minutes” a person dies from a drunk driver? Well, its pretty close and the local high schools know this first hand. As I was visiting Daydreams and Nightmares, who helps supply and do makeup for these films every year, I found out that all the local high schools take part in their own film, “Every Fifteen Minutes,” which I was able to watch at the local costume store. The film portrays real highschool students taking part in a drunk driving accident where they use realambulances, police officers, jail cells, and hospitals to put a life changing short film together to promote people of all ages to NOT drink and drive. This was extremely eye opening and should be viewed by all ages so they can see how one mistake can change or end your life forever. 



About the Author:

Shasta Boss, Stylist and Certified Makeup Artist