Whether you’re preparing for Halloween or just want to spice up your everyday life, here are KL’s best costume and prop shops to give you some inspiration.
One of the oldest costume shops in Kuala Lumpur, Costumes ‘N’ Parties is still the best in the business. Their large, well-lit premises house their extensive range of costumes (keep going, there’s an extra wing at the back), as well as stage makeup and a broad selection of wigs, hats and accessories. You don’t even need to physically rifle through all the racks, with their laminated albums ready for you to flick through.
Wisma Central is a strange place to find yourself looking for a costume shop. Tucked discreetly in a corner, Costumes Empire is a small shop but a good one. There’s no obvious signage but you’ll see the mannequin outside the door, outfitted in whatever costume that strikes the staff’s fancy (on our visit it was a red Riding Hood outfit accessorised with a green witch’s hat). Inside it’s bright and clean, with most of the costuming genres well represented: fairytales, Star Wars and a good selection of jewel-toned ‘retro’ clothes. And if you can’t find a Red Riding Hood costume anywhere else, you’ll find it here – we spied one entire rack full of them.
With over 3,000 costumes available, Century Fiesta should be your choice if you don’t fancy heading into the city to pick out an outfit. We were impressed by their Lady Gaga section, which must be a good moneymaker, and their selection of different ethnic costumes, including Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish, Brazilian and Korean.
Absolut Pitch is noteworthy for having a good array of sizes, should you not subscribe to the typical tiny Asian or hulking male stereotypes. Their costume categories range from the typical Snow White, nurse outfits to cowboys and Indians, some quite elaborate Star Wars costumes and the ever present retro bell bottoms.
Thinking of attending a costume party as a fairy tale couple or a superhero family? Cantique Costume has got that covered, offering movie, cartoon and anime characters in pairs and family sets. You can also find pirate and retro outfits as well as Arabian, Egyptian and Wild Wild West themes.
Costume World is all about variety. From period attire to animal costumes to superhero outfits, every category is decked out in several versions or styles to cater to various body shapes and personal preferences. So if you and your friends all want to be Cat Woman without wearing the exact same costume, it's possible.