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Find a great Halloween store in NYC

Looking for a great Halloween store? Whether you want to be spooky or sexy, we’ve got the best picks for all your needs.

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Many of NYC's Halloween festivities are already underway, but have you found a brilliant costume yet? Unless you’re one of those enviably creative people who can make a paper-mache alien bursting out of a T-shirt, you’re probably in need of something scary, sexy or silly to wear come October 31. So if you’re searching for the perfect Halloween store in NYC for costumes, decorations, makeup and more, hit up one of these vintage clothes shops, beauty supply stores and other specialist emporiums for cost-effective, unique outfits. And once you’ve chosen your alter ego, you can strut your stuff in the resurrected Village Halloween Parade.

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The best Halloween stores


Patricia Field 

You don't have to dress up as Carrie Bradshaw to find a spectacular Halloween getup at the iconic Sex and the City designer's namesake store. Though it's a year-round repository of eclectic, kitschy and over-the-top fashion, Patricia Field goes all out for Halloween. Make an impact and find a costume that’s one-of-a-kind—without sacrificing style—in outfits that straddle the line between fashion statements and full-on costumes. The staff can also help you add accessories like top hats, ammo belts and assorted masks for a unique look. Plus, the onsite hair salon is offering complete makeovers (starting at $150) using Temptu airbrushing for a variety of effects and hairstyling (from $75 for cut or color).

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Screaming Mimi's

Halloween is a huge event at this vintage trove, says owner Laura Wills, who starts planning the windows in January. Since the staff is made up almost entirely of stylists, some with a background in theater, this is a great place to put together a complete period look, including era-appropriate wigs and accessories. There are also plenty of options in the lower price range; the store maintains an under-$40 rack, and Wills recently unearthed a hoard of deadstock 1950s molded plastic masks of Halloween classics like Frankenstein and Medusa.

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Abracadabra Superstore

Squeamish types may not want to look too closely at the contents of the "deli counter" just inside this cavernous space, but the haunted house vibe will certainly put you in the Halloween spirit. Though the shop stocks a wide range of packaged costumes, the real gems are in the downstairs rental department. Rentals usually start at $100 for three days and with a 10,000-plus inventory, you should have no problem finding the perfect getup. Oh, and makeup artists are on hand to create a complete look—ambitious transformations have included an Avatar makeover (face and body); fees range from about $85 into the hundreds for body painting, and it's advisable to book your slot in advance.

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Halloween Adventure

A visit to this massive costume, prop and magic mecca can be overwhelming, but luckily, the store provides a handy map of its two-level space. Off-the-peg costumes ($10 and up) are conveniently organized by theme, so you can navigate your way from "Devils, Priests, Nuns" to "Hula," "Hippies" and "Horror.” Translation: You’re bound to find something, whether you need an easy last-minute costume or an elaborate ensemble like a full suit of armor ($350, plus $2,000 security deposit). Accessories are equally comprehensive; the range of masquerade masks alone goes from throwaway $3 eye masks to elaborate $2,000 limited-edition Venetian styles. Get outfitted from head to toe—there’s a wig, hat and shoe department.

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Trash and Vaudeville

If you’re looking to dress up as a convincing Slash or Debbie Harry, pop into this punk-clothing mother lode. Festooned with feather boas and neon signs—it’s where the aforementioned rock idols actually shop for their everyday threads—the bi-level store features a mix of punk, goth, mod and classic rock gear from brands such as Underground and T.U.K, as well as Trash and Vaudeville's own eponymous line. Pay homage to Guns N’ Roses’s lead guitarist by scooping up a seven-inch top hat ($96), Tripp NYC tight pleather pants ($72) and a house-label leather vest with front buttons ($62).

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East Village

Frank Bee Costume Center

Opened in 1957, this family-run operation sprawls over three storefronts brimming with costumes that range in price from $15 to $200 for all sizes (babies to 4X adults). In addition to the usual superheroes, sexy ensembles, vampires and assorted movie icons, you can go kitsch as a tiki cocktail, complete with umbrella hat ($80), or turn yourself into the party entertainment and come as a dartboard ($50, including six Velcro-headed darts). A comprehensive array of accessories runs from hairy gorilla feet ($30) to a showgirl's feather headpiece ($20), and during the two weeks leading to Halloween, makeup artists will be present every day to transform you into the werewolf or zombie of your dreams (simple makeup starts at $35 and goes into the hundreds for prosthetics and body painting).

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The Bronx

Ricky's NYC

With what seems like a bazillion Halloween superstores all over the city, Ricky's is a reliable option for cost-effective fun gear. But if you want to make a bold statement, you might try scheduling an appointment with Ricky's newish Costume Concierge service ($25–$1,000) available at 489 Broadway. The entry level buys you a personal consultation and individual outfit/accessory selection, but the $75 Ghoulish Gold level seems like the best deal—in addition to makeup, prosthetics and wig styling, your concierge will rip, stitch or paint your getup for a custom look.

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Union Square

Hudson Magazine & Party Store

This four-year-old shop, co-owned by Helen Wong (whose brother operates sister party-supply destination Village  Party Store), did such great business selling Halloween costumes in its debut that it’s now using a 1,500-square-foot storage space as a retail area in order to stock even more affordable packaged costumes ($20–$60). Peruse the packed walls for ensembles appropriate for couples, fearmongers and jokesters. Creepy accessories such as Eyecon colored contact lenses ($30–$40) and Sexy Bite thermal plastic fangs ($20) will finish off your look to hair-raising effect.

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West Village

Gothic Renaissance

Owned by the same folks behind Halloween Adventure next door, this high-end alternative boutique sells exotic and fantasy apparel sourced from all over the world. Gals will go gaga over the sexy lace and glitter corsets ($50–$549) made with real steel or plastic boning. The house label’s Victorian-style knee-length corset dresses ($210-$330), featuring rose embroidery and long lace trains, would lend themselves nicely to zombie-bride looks, while guys can up their scare factor with spider-adorned suspenders featuring coffin-shaped clasps ($20). Perhaps most impressive of all is the shop’s wall of handmade masks ($70–$300).

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Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company

Why dress up as a standard-issue superhero when you can create your own character? At this Brooklyn shop, you choose from a variety of stick-on emblems—bombs, mustaches, rabbits, and stars ($12)—and belts ($14) to customize your leotard. Finish your look with the all-essential cape; the basic style comes in a variety of colors ($30). Arrive at your Halloween bash armed with a bottle of Truth Serum ($14)—the perfect icebreaker—and keep enemies away with your Photon Shooter ($20, including photons!). Just be sure you adhere to the Vow of Heroism you're required to recite before your purchases are handed over. Proceeds benefit the 826NYC kids' writing center, located behind a concealed door in the back of the store, so you can feel super about that, too.

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Park Slope

Village Party Store

Although the original Greenwich Avenue location of this beloved party-supply store burned down in 2010, the Wong family quietly reopened in a 7,000-square-foot space just six months later. The newish digs carry the same massive collection of packaged costumes ($20–$150) and decorative goods ($1–$100) for all holidays and occasions. In addition to a diverse selection of more than 2,000 getups, including gorilla suits ($120) and Gatsby-esque flapper frocks ($80), there are also quirky add-ons such as multicolored Afro wigs ($7–$30) and sparkling butterfly wings ($6–$50).

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Greenwich Village


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Tyler U

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Hiyam M

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