Halloween is More than another Fall Event 0

Halloween is a holiday for young and old. It creates an excitement for kids and adults - especially young adults. Kids can't wait to select their costumes. It is a big deal. I see them wandering around the store trying on hats, checking out costume accessories like swords or tiaras.  They look at the super hero selection and many of them - even little ones - want to put on the mask of one of the candidates for president!  

Halloween is a day when it's okay to be different. No judgment - you get to be who you want to be. And stares are appreciated rather than avoided. The littlest youngsters look forward to costume parades at school.  Many young children can't wait for their parents to get home so they can go door to door for Trick-or-Treat. And older kids like to test the waters to see how many of us will help them fill a sack of candy.

Young adults also seem to look forward to Halloween, planning their costumes with the same attention as the youngsters who want to be super heroes. Young adults seem to want to call attention to themselves. Young ladies looking for sexy costumes, young couples looking for ways to dress up in fashion to show their connection. And unlike when I was younger, the parties aren't about bobbing for apples and voting for best costume, they are about having adult fun with libations and food, raucous laughter and late night bar crawls.  Yep times have changed, but the interest in Halloween just keeps growing.  

Be sure to check the party store website or stop by the store soon to get your Halloween groove on!


Did someone say Halloween 0

f you're like me, once you hear "October," you think "Halloween."  Can't help it. As soon as the temps start to change, the days get shorter, and the trees begin to show their fall colors, my mind is already on getting ready for Halloween. There are costume ideas to consider.  The party store has dozens and dozens of costumes to select from and even more costume accessories to explore.  And new inventory keeps on coming as the party store gets ready for the early bird shopper and the last minute shopper.  


This year's Halloween decorations range from down right frightening to the adorable. There are several cute ideas for classrooms and homes where small children reside.  Pumpkins and fall decor come in a variety of price ranges, quality and quantities.  There's even an entire selection of tableware just for the occasion.  

So if you're thinking Halloween, check out the party store in Glenview. We are sure to have something you want!


Halloween is in the House 0

We know it's almost time for Halloween. There are carmel apples and packaged treats in the grocery store.  Random pop-up Halloween stores dot the local horizon. Television commercials remind us to stock up and get our costumes ready.  And, here at the local party store - the one that's served the community not just for Halloween, but all year long, we're ready too. 

Our party store has everything you need for Halloween. We have costumes - online and in the store - and there is a great selection.  We have wigs, swords, knives, and all kinds of costume accessories.  There are masks - traditional and new patterns, faces and designs to represent the current political season, recent popular movie characters, and themes that are currently popular.

Whether it is scary, sweet, or sexy - we've got the costume and costume accessories to suit your taste.  If you don't see what you're looking for, just ask one of our friendly sales staff to point you in the right direction or help you find the best ideas for your Halloween costume.


Your Halloween Store 0

Halloween is just a little more than a month away and we're getting ready at the party store.  We know that each year children, young adults, and even older adults (who might otherwise behave in a fairly mature manner throughout the rest of the year) are caught up in the spirit of Halloween. For weeks they plan their Halloween costumes, look for all the best parties, add Halloween decorations to their windows, buy lots of candy, and generally get ready for the holiday that seems to often be accompanied by an atmosphere of reckless abandon.  After all, it is All Hallows' Eve!

Our party store has a tremendous selection of clearance costumes that you won't find anywhere else.  Throughout the year these items are often selected for theatre or dance. But come Halloween, it's all about the dress up!  From the sexy to the sweet, from the scary to the angelic, there's a costume or set of costume accessories for everyone. These accessories are perfect for the DIY'ers who want to be daring and creative with their designs. Whether it's a wig or a hat, a mask or make up, our  party store has it. 

Stop in or shop on line to get all the best ideas to prepare you for Halloween.

Trick or Treat 0

20151015_111204Ghosts and goblins, Minions, witches, movie heroes, clowns, and other adorably attired youngsters will arrive at our doorsteps looking for a treat (few ever ask for or want a trick) on October 31st. Halloween falls on a Saturday, making it especially nice for parents who can take their children out trick or treating during daylight hours.  Each local community sets trick-or-treat hours and most communities also post safety tips to keep youngsters safe. To help our customers, neighbors, and friends enjoy a safe and happy Halloween, below we share the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list of Halloween safety tips along with a schedule of trick or treat hours for our local communities: Trick or Treat Village of Glenview – Saturday, October 31, 2015 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Village of Northbrook – Saturday, October 31, 2015 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Village of Skokie – Saturday, October 31, 2015 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Village of Wilmette – Saturday, October 31, 2015 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. City of Evanston – Saturday, October 31, 2015 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Village of Niles – Saturday, October 31, 2015 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Golf Mill Mall Village of Morton Grove – Saturday, October 31, 2015 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.   CDC list of Halloween Safety Tips20151015_111204 S Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft & flexible A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.   H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don't run from house to house. A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation. L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible. L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. W Wear well-fitted masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. E  Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. E  Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers. N  Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes. Card & Party Giant is a local family-owned card and party supply store located in Glenview, Illinois with a vast inventory of unique costumes and Halloween party supplies.

Halloween, A Tricky Business 0

MinionIt is now less than two weeks till Halloween. Already costumes are flying out the door faster than a witch riding her broom stick into the night.  This early, most of the costume sales are coming from online orders – folks looking for something unusual, something old school, or perhaps something tasty like that cute hot dog costume that leaves me salivating for October baseball.  Oh wait, we’ve got that too thanks to the Chicago Cubs. The interesting thing about Card & Party Giant is that while it is a small local retail shop, it has an incredibly deep and diverse costume inventory.  Costumes are stored in the attic and every alcove of the store. They are stored on shelves above the everyday party goods.  I think if people were to realize just how many costumes are in the store, they would be shocked. It’s just like I think that once people step inside the doors they are shocked by the size of the store itself. Storing inventory must be an art form. I think those who design the system must have incredibly organized closets for surely these skills cannot be acquired in one place and not applied to the other. I have organized closets. However, truth be told, I don’t have “inventory” that expands beyond the capacity of my closets. Thus, I can move summer clothes to the spare bedroom closet, store winter coats in the first floor closet, and keep the everyday wear at my fingertips. It doesn’t take much skill.  It only takes a little leg work at the beginning of each season.  I move things around as and when needed.  It’s easy and I don’t mind. At the retail party store, the inventory is vast.  And, it takes people who know the importance of labeling, arranging, and storing things in a manner that makes them easy to find and always at the fingertip of the person working the floor. Truly amazing talents are behind the scene making it just as easy to respond to requests for the Sexy Robin Hood women’s costume or Marilyn Monroe outfit as it is to find as the boys’ Iron Man costume.