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Costume Seekers to Find There's No Disguising a Deal

October 20, 2000|GERI COOK | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Before you make that final decision on your Halloween outfit, check out Magic World.

This year they have a new line of children's princess costumes that retail at some stores for $59.99 but sell here for $25.99. Children's sizes 4-12.

Also new this year is the Crash Bandicoot costume for $26.99 and Powderpuff Girls, also $26.99.

For adults, there's the costume rental department, where rates run $35 and up, with the average being $55.

With more than 3,000 costumes to choose from, there's bound to be one that fits your alter ego.

If your significant other is gladiator material, he'll look good with a chest piece, shin guards, helmet and all the accouterments for $55.

If Zorro is more his image, that will also cost $55. You probably already know that Wonder Woman fits you, but you can drive the point home for $35 or get completely out of character and be a Renaissance wench for $55.

All the accessories and makeup supplies to complete the look you're after are on hand.

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Magic World, 10122 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. October hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (818) 700-8100.

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Weekend Supersale: This may be the only sale in town where you need an invitation.

It's the Planet Lulu collection of women's apparel, comprising Los Angeles' and New York's top manufacturer overruns, last season's excess goods, department store and boutique returns and some items so slightly distressed you would be hard-pressed to find the flaws.

Everything is 50%-75% below retail. A sample Sarah Shaw handbag that retails for $125 is $30; a plaid skirt from Trina Turk that's tagged at $50 retailed for $125; and you do not have to pay $90 for Joomi Joolz shirts when you can get them here for $35 and $45.

Sales are scheduled Saturday and Oct. 28. To get your invitation, access their Web site, http://www.planetlulu.com, and they will e-mail it to you.

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Planet Lulu collection, 846 S. Broadway, 6th Floor, Los Angeles. Sale time is 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., cash or credit cards only. (310) 415-3008.

For more deals, check www.bargainsla.com.

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