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The 10 best Halloween costume stores in Los Angeles

No matter what you’re looking for, these top Halloween costume stores are full of spooky fun and inspiration

By Time Out contributors

The key to making the most out of Halloween? A killer costume! Now all you need to do is find an amazing Halloween store. Los Angeles has more costume and vintage shops than most cities, which makes things tough. We’ve put together this handy guide to the best shops 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 (virtual) Halloween parties you’re going to hit up this year (or the drive-in Halloween events you might be more inclined to frequent).

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Halloween store options in Los Angeles

1. Halloween Town Costumes

Shopping Costume shops Burbank

Not one, not two, but three stores! And just six doors away from each other! It’s like a one-stop Halloween-prep outing. Take a peek inside Halloween Town Original (2921 W Magnolia Blvd), its sister shop Halloween Town Costumes (3021 W Magnolia Blvd) and Halloween Town Kids (3013 W Magnolia Blvd) for costumes and decor. 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.

2. Robinson Beautilities

Shopping Cosmetics Mar Vista

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. Robinson is also known for its wigs (it claims to sell one every 10 minutes). Pirates and princesses are currently the most in-demand rentals, but particularly impressive are the handmade Star Wars costumes.


3. Ursula’s Costumes

Shopping Costume shops Santa Monica

This store is open year-round and specializes in costume rentals and sales. It carries some rare and one-of-a-kind items for both children and adults, like the rental costumes that 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.

4. Adele’s of Hollywood

Shopping Costume shops Los Feliz

This family-owned costume store has been around since 1945. 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.


5. Cinema Secrets

Health and beauty Spas Burbank

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. It’s usually packed, so much so that local food trucks often schedule visits to sell shoppers lunch.

6. The Costume Shoppe

Shopping Costume shops Glendale

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, victorian, literary and more.


7. Hidden Treasures

Shopping Antiques Topanga

This tiki-style shack is home to our favorite vintage shop west of the 405, located deep in the heart of Topanga Canyon. Once you get past the dinosaur and pirates guarding the entrance, you’ll be privy to what appears to be the contents of a kooky grandmother’s attic—think: varsity jackets, military uniforms, ’80s graphic tees, Nordic sweaters, antique sleepwear and Halloween costumes year-round. Of course, they’ve also got a more traditional range of vintage gear for men and women, too—much of it under $30—but we recommend leaving no marching band jacket unturned as you explore this offbeat shop.


9. Etoile Costume & Party Center

Shopping Costume shops Tarzana

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.

10. Party City

Shopping Arts, crafts & hobbies Westside

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.

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