A night filled with witches, ghosts, vampires and zombies; a few days to show off your best costume ideas; a theme party at a friend's house... whenever an occasion calls for fancy dress, Madrid's got your back with costume and party shops where you can find just what you've been looking for. Want to raise eyebrows? Feel like being the bloodiest zombie or the most diabolical demon? Out to win a best-costume prize? Here are some tips on how and where to make your dark wishes come true.
This has got to be one of the oldest costume shops in Madrid. In the city centre, Maty was established in 1943 and carries on to this day with two well-defined specialities: one is dressmaking and the sale of dance and flamenco clothing and accessories, and the other is the sale of costumes and accessories for events that require fancy dress, such as Halloween, Carnaval, and even Christmas. They have an enormous variety of costumes, so you can be sure to get something original for your party or event, for both kids and adults. Their online sales are also quick and comfortable.
With more than 50 years of experience, this family shop founded by Marcos Mekes is widely known in Madrid. Its success here has helped it expand to cities like Barcelona, Paris and New York. Their wide range of products includes suits for VIP events, flamenco dresses, a great selection of footwear and all you need for dance and rhythmic gymnastics attire. You'll also be wowed by the variety in their catalogue of costumes and accessories for any event, including Halloween, Carnaval and Christmas. They've got their own tailors who can make anything to order.
In Madrid's city centre, this shop for costumes and accessories is increasingly making its mark in the sector, despite its youth. With two locations, in Plaza de Celenque and in the nearby C/Tetuán, Fantástica is dedicated primarily to female clientele looking for that special something when it comes to themed parties or events. If you're looking for something sexy, it's not difficult to find among the clothes, costumes, corsets and wigs in this space full of sensuality and a bit of sinfulness. When Halloween comes around, everyone is invited to find scary masks and costumes on the shelves and racks. You can't go wrong on the night!
About to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Los Caprichos de Goy is alreadya go-to shop when it's time for a party in Madrid. Fiesta success is practically guaranteed with their inventory that doesn't miss a thing: baked goods, decorations, jokes, gifts, balloons, accessories and, of course, costumes. Halloween is practically a national holiday within the walls of Los Caprichos de Goya, with plenty to offer kids and adults alike for the most sinister night of the year. They also offer online sales with a 24-hour guaranteed delivery service that's free with any purchase of €50 or more. Quality, comfort and variety, all rolled into one.
Chindasvinto opened in 1967 with no intention of going anywhere. With more than 1,500 costumes, wigs and accessorites, this shop in the Prosperidad neighbourhood is a huge help if you're looking for what to wear to a Halloween, Carnaval or Christmas party. It's impossible not to find the outfit to bring out your inner witch, vampire, zombie or demon, and they've got a big selection of costumes for adults, kids, and even babies. There are also loads of accessories, masks, hairpieces and decorations. With a speciality in toys, Chindasvinto offers a comfortable online sales service that will ship to anywhere in Europe.
It's impossible not to find the perfect costume at Barullo Company. Kids and adults can easily transform themselves into a witch, a skeleton, a zombie or a vampire in this shop in the Río Rosas district, thanks to their huge variety of products. If you want something simple for Halloween or any other fancy dress event, here you'll find, for example, fun wigs, scary masks and original hats, as well as all times of accessories. They also offer a great range of decorations, including balloons, piñatas, plasticware and more. If you're looking for even more, ask about their catering service, and availability of magicians, clowns or bouncy castles. They'll provide the whole experience.
This shop in C/Bravo Murillo is dedicated to 'selling illusions', as their owners put it. Toys and costumes are their speciality, and while making kids smile is their main objective, they definitely don't leave out the grown-ups when it comes to their inventory. You can find costumes for the whole family for any event. When it's Halloween or Carnaval, you'll find a load of fancy dress options, frightening masks, capes, wigs and all the decorations and accessories you need to throw a party – and everything at a great price. You can also order via their online store if you'd rather shop from home.
Quality, tradition and modernity, all in one. Vestuario Izquierdo is one of Madrid's oldest shops in the market, and it's one to look for when it comes to style and dressmaking for theatre, cinema, TV and events. In addition to the creation and sale of all kinds of outfits for professionals, Izquierdo also has rents and sells period dress, fantasy costumes, and clothes and accessories for all other kinds of themes. Halloween and Christmas also figure in to their catalogue, with all kinds of costumes, accessories and decorations for the occasions. Be sure to ask for estimates for any professional event, and about tailor-made costumes.
Here's another example of an iconic shop in Madrid dedicated to fancy dress and costumes. Founded in 1920, it's an international benchmark in the sector. Their focus is on the professional – especially cinema, theatre and TV – but Sastrería Cornejo doesn't leave out individuals in search of costumes for theme parties or Halloween, Carnaval and Christmas. They bring their special caché to their work so you can never go wrong. It's advisable to book an appointment before you go.