Why Does This Halloween Costume Cost $900?

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Halloween costumes are like prom dresses. Chances are: You only ever wear them once. And yet, that doesn't seem to get in the way of people forking over serious cash for something they are going to sport for a single evening of revelry. (The wonders of consumer culture never cease to amaze, right?)

So what might a couple hundred bucks buy from this year's online costume rack? You could drop a ton of dough to dress up like Harley Quinn, since, like Hansel, she's so hot right now. Or maybe a Storm Trooper ensemble is more your style? You're in luck. You can get one at Target for a cool $1000. On the fairytale side of things, it is possible to purchase a replica of the silk gown Cinderella wore to the ball for $950. If none of these are meeting your costume needs, don't sweat it. There are plenty more where those came from. Just take a look.

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