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.

Whimsic Alley

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

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.

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Robinson Beautilities

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.

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Whimsic Alley

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.

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Los Angeles

Make Believe Inc. Costumes

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!

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Santa Monica

Spirit Halloween

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.

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Los Angeles

Adele's of Hollywood

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.

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Hollywood

Western Costume Company

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.

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Cinema Secrets

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.

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Burbank

Ursula's Costumes

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.

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The Costume Shoppe

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.

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Glendale

Comments

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.