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The best Halloween costume stores in NYC for kids

These sweet Halloween costume stores in NYC will have everything your family needs for their spookiest getups yet

Written by
Hannah Doolin
Kirby Stirland
Time Out editors

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It's the most boo-tiful time of year! Most NYC kids start thinking about their Halloween costumes long before October 31st—after all, it's probably the most important outfit decision they'll make all year! Give 'em a leg up at this year's costume contest with a trip to one of these Halloween costume stores in NYC, where they'll find everything from ghoulish teeth to fake blood to spiderwebs galore...oh, and you know, some of the best Halloween costumes around! Mom and dad are sure to find something too, since many of these picks are true city classics, like Abracadabra!

For more fall fun, explore our top things to do in the fall with kids, plus these pumpkin picking and apple picking NY spots!

Best Halloween costume stores in NYC for kids

Village Party Store

1. Village Party Store

Enter for floor-to-ceiling costumes, props, gizmos and party supplies! This classic party store may have had an unfortunate experience with a fire back in 2010, but it's certainly back in action with more cool stuff than ever. You'll find everything from amazing masks to Halloween candy baskets to party favors and gag gifts. Village Party Store is also known for having ultra-helpful staff, which may be harder to find at some of the chains in town. Need balloons? They've got those too. 13 E 18th St (212-675-9697,

Halloween Adventure

A visit to this massive costume, prop and magic mecca can be overwhelming—luckily, the store provides a handy map of its two-level space. The huge stock means you’re bound to find something, no matter your youngster's taste. Choose from silly getups like an adorable Garden Gnome or Nursery Nerd or go the historical route with figures like George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt or Cleopatra. Get outfitted from head to toe in the wig, hat and shoe departments. 104 4th Ave (212-673-4546,


The selection of outfits for kids, tweens and teens at this costume shop range from spooky (Dr. Creepy) to sweet (Lil Bo Peep). They also have masks, makeup and accessories (think shield and play weapons), plus cute plush onesies for your littlest trick-or-treaters. Aiming for super creepy decorations this year? Grab black lights, fog fluid and other frightening props here as well. 19 West 21st St (212-627-5194,

Frank Bee Costume Center

Opened in 1957, this family-run operation sprawls over three storefronts brimming with costumes for all sizes. In addition to the usual superheroes and princesses, kids can go as characters from tons of movies and TV series, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Iron Man 3, Transformers and several Nick Jr. shows. Owners Wayne and Doug Baker claim to have the best prices on new costumes in NYC, and they carry a wide array of accessories. 3435 East Tremont Ave, Bronx (718-823-9792,


You won't find high-quality Halloween costumes with this much detail just anywhere! Little crimefighters will go nuts for this online retailer’s selection of exclusive superhero costumes, including Wonder Woman and Ironman. Going for a group theme? Chasing Fireflies’ family costume collection has looks for kids and adults, ranging from cute (Sock Monkeys) to scary (Zombie Football) to topical (Downton Abbey). For babies, there are tons of super-cute options to set them apart. (888-700-9474,

This chain turns into costume Mecca every Halloween. The selection can be a little overwhelming, but if your tot has something specific in mind—say, Elsa from Frozen—Party City probably has it. Go the easy route with a complete costume-in-a-bag or browse the myriad aisles of masks and accessories to cobble together your own look. This place is also your go-to for Halloween decorations if you're planning a spooky party. Various locations (


In addition to their extensive offerings of new and vintage theatrical rental costumes, this Yonkers warehouse has racks upon racks of costumes and accessories for all ages available for purchase. Kids will have a blast browsing the epic 21,000-square-foot store and letting their imaginations run wild to create the perfect Halloween look. 530 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers (914-963-1333,

Ricky's NYC

You can get almost everything you need for a great disguise at Ricky’s year-round, but they take it to the next level at Halloween. In addition to their typically vast selection of wigs, makeup and accessories, as the holiday nears, there are plenty of costumes for kids and teens. Whether your tot wants to be a Disney princess or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Ricky’s has you covered. Various locations (


Although they’re mainly known for home furnishings, Pottery Barn’s kiddie branch has a surprisingly decent selection of Halloween costumes for babies, toddlers, little and big kids. No blood-and-gore or monster masks here—from tutus to onesies, these ensembles are more adorable than scary. The Where the Wild Things Are Max costume for toddlers is particularly cute (and will be cozy on a chilly October night). The store's personalized treat bags are also a sweet addition to any ensemble! 1311 2nd Ave (212-879-4746,

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