The best costume stores in LA

Stumped on what to be for Halloween this year? Check out these costume stores for unique get-ups from Hogwarts to Honey Boo Boo.

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The key to making the most out of Halloween? A killer costume! Here's your handy guide to the best costume stores in Los Angeles for looks that'll please everyone from the Hogwarts-obsessed child to the steampunk-inspired artiste. These stores have the goods and the experts to help you stand out from the crowd at all those Halloween parties you're finally going to hit up this year (or, of course, the family-friendly attractions you might be more inclined to frequent).


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Halloween Town Costumes

  • Price band: 2/4

Not one, but two stores! And a block away from each other! It's like a one-stop Halloween-prep outing. Halloween Town Costumes and its sister shop Halloween Town Original at 2921 West Magnolia Boulevard, one block west, both stay open year-round. The newer and larger Halloween Town Costumes includes an expansive selection of costumes for all ages. Designed to feel like an authentic haunted-house, Halloween Town carries all manner of spooky things: toys, novelties, apparel, books, gifts, art, props and décor, including such Halloween decorations as spiderweb tablecloths, adorable vintage-themed Halloween greeting cards and housewares, and even gruesome Jell-O molds shaped like body parts.

  1. Hollywood
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Robinson Beautilities

  • Price band: 3/4

From high-end makeup to a wide range of costuming accessories, this store has a lot going for it, but the biggest draw is its straight-from-the-movie-studio costumes available for purchase or to rent. Dress up like a badass with looks from Underworld, or step into a fairytale with costumes from the recent Snow White rendition, Mirror Mirror. Robinson is also known for its wigs (it claims to sell one every ten minutes). Pirates and princesses are currently the most in-demand rentals, but particularly impressive are the handmade Michael Jackson and Star Wars costumes.

  1. Mar Vista
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Whimsic Alley

  • Price band: 3/4

This store has a very specific POV: anything and everything Harry Potter. But you can also find merchandise for other inexplicable pop-culture phenoms (currently, Doctor Who fans would be pleased). Whimsic Alley knows its target audience: those still hoping for their acceptance letter from Hogwarts (its February 2013 wizard camp—for grown-ups—is already sold out, sorry). The professional-quality costumes here resemble authentic wizarding school uniforms, hats and wands, and are more than mere Halloween costumes.

  1. Mid-City West
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Make Believe Inc. Costumes

  • Price band: 3/4

Most of the staff at this quirky age-old shop have theater backgrounds and can act as personal costume stylists for customers trying to navigate what is truly a vast and eclectic rental collection. What’s their hottest selling rental this year? Steampunk!

  1. Santa Monica
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Spirit Halloween

  • Price band: 2/4

Face it, if you’ve waited until the last minute to pull together your Halloween costume, chances are you’re going to drop into one of these massive Halloween chainstore pop-ups that will have the last sexy pirate get-up or Obama mask in the city. These high-visibility Spirit Halloween stores have some 1,000 locations across the country, many of them in LA. Spirit also claims to be the largest Halloween specialty store in existence. We don’t doubt it. Hours vary practically daily up until Halloween, so check the website for opening times and to find a megastore near you.

  1. Various locations
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Adele's of Hollywood

  • Price band: 2/4

This family-owned costume store has been around since 1945 and Adele herself is usually on hand to help shoppers put their outfits together. The shop designs and makes their own theatrical costumes for movie makers and trick-or-treaters alike. The get-ups here are available to rent, but there's also a nice stock of packaged costumes for kids and adults, as well as accessories, wigs and makeup.

  1. Hollywood
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Western Costume Company

  • Price band: 2/4

Western, one of the world’s largest and oldest costume companies, offers thousands of costumes from major motion pictures to rent for Halloween. Options here run the full gamut. Ladies' choices, for instance, go from 1890s fancy lady to Pan Am flight attendant to a drag version of Carmen Miranda. The Halloween shop is located in the rear of the building and has limited hours, so check the website for opening times.

  1. North Hollywood
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Cinema Secrets

  • Price band: 2/4

This film industry beauty staple not only has a well-stocked costume collection, but its all-makeup-artist staff helps you put together ensembles and some can instruct on realistic special-effects makeup to complete any gory look. The store completely transforms for Halloween: its sign changes to read “Halloween Headquarters” and monster animatronics are lined up outside the storefront. It's usually packed, so much so that local food trucks often schedule visits to sell shoppers lunch.

  1. Burbank
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Ursula's Costumes

  • Price band: 3/4

This store is open year-round and specializes in costume rentals and sales. It carries some rare and one-of-a-kind items, like the rental costumes, which the shop makes. Ursula’s is best known for its fancy ballgowns and masquerade masks, but it carries a full stock of costumery, including packaged costumes.

  1. Santa Monica
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The Costume Shoppe

  • Price band: 3/4

The Costume Shoppe specializes in authentic-looking period costume rentals (along with standard costume fare) and is a resource for professional theatrical and movie-industry use (it's affiliated with the Glendale Centre Theatre). Be ready to spend some time: they've got about 20,000 different pieces here that can be combined to make an endless list of unique  Halloween identities, with themes including medieval, pirates, superheroes, biblical, literary and more. Costume designers are on hand to help you recreate your favorite era, and professional seamstresses can modify costumes to fit.

  1. Glendale
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Halloween Adventure

  • Price band: 2/4

This pop-up warehouse has a few outlets that are open all year. It distinguishes itself from the pack by its level of organization: Costumes are grouped by theme, not age—handy if the whole family wants to coordinate looks in one aisle. It also offers a wide selection (from medical lab coats to Ninja turtles), wigs, special effects make-up, and up to 25% off Halloween decorations. There are locations in Sherman Oaks, Canoga Park and Redondo Beach, to name a few. Check the website for one near you.

  1. Various locations
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Halloween Time

  • Price band: 2/4

A one-stop pop-up Halloween superstore. Unlike some other pop-ups where it’s slim pickings come October 31, Halloween Time continually restocks up until the big day. Superheroes are the hottest selling costumes this year, but its new NBA-licensed costumes (Laker Cheerleaders, Miami Heat) are said to be flying off the shelves. A friendly staff, which includes many costume-industry veterans, can help with costume ideas; and a makeup artist can give quick tutorials on applying special-effects makeup. Masks, shoes, jewelry and decorations are also on hand.

  1. Glendale
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Hollywood Toys & Costumes

  • Price band: 2/4

This Hollywood Boulevard staple has been in business for more than 50 years and supplies the public as well as movie studios with costumes, props, wigs, masks, accessories and more. You'll find a large selection of adult and children’s costumes, jewelry, make-up, novelties, hobbies and collectibles.

  1. Hollywood
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Etoile Costume & Party Center

This party center not only offers decorations and all your Halloween needs, but also a big selection of rental and retail costumes and accessories year round. Shoppers can browse the aisles packed with costumes, wigs and accessories for men, women, kids and even pets. Costumes range from famous characters such as Batman and Harry Potter to masquerade gowns and masks. For Halloween, customers can enjoy 20-70% off costume rentals and party decorations.

  1. 18849 Ventura Blvd
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Party City

  • Price band: 2/4

The Wal-Mart of party shops. Party City has a variety of cheap costumes for all ages—and even a small selection for the dog. They’re better known for carrying a crapload of paper party supplies, from gift bags and decorative plates and napkins to spooky spider decorations and helium balloons galore. It’s not the most inspiring store, but you’re never far from one. Check the website for Party City locations near you.

  1. Various locations
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Aahs

  • Price band: 2/4

The staff at this kitschy novelty store (with additional locations in Westwood, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Encino) goes all out for Halloween, with fog machines blasting, a seven-foot spider flanking the building and a 12-foot scarecrow welcoming you in. You can find almost any accessory, prop or prepackaged costume here—from superheros to leopard leotard get-ups. But for one-stop Halloween shopping, Aahs’ Halloween Club chain offers a ton o’ costumes, theatrical make-up, masks, props, fog machines and all that scary-making stuff. See the Halloween Club website for store locations.

  1. Various locations
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jake
jake

nigel beauty emporium in north hollywood has a lot of great halloween makeup and special fx items!

robert
robert

HI, I am looking for a costume of an "Egg!" That's right...an Egg! I am wanting to wear this costume for promotional opportunities. Would you happent to know where I can get this type of costume? Thanks.

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