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The best Halloween stores in NYC

Don't settle for DIY, find an amazing costume at the best Halloween stores in NYC

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John Marshall
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It’s that time of year again. When the leaves change, the apple cider is brewing and the pumpkin patches are bursting forth, it’s time to start thinking about the scariest day of the year. Halloween means terror, hauntings, screams, too much candy and of course costumes. To make sure your costume (and decorations) game is on point this year, start shopping now at the best Halloween stores in NYC.

Whether you’re trick-or-treating, checking out a haunted house, going to a party or just embracing the holiday while going about your daily business (or watching a scary movie at home), a simple sheet with holes cut out for eyes just won’t do. You need something clever, timely or skillfully crafted. These NYC costume stores have everything you need for Halloween. The costume options range from seriously scary to fanciful and fun. They also offer makeup, wigs and whatever accessories you might want to include for full effect.

Before heading out for a ghost tour of NYC or a visit to the spookiest places in the city, get your costume together at these NYC Halloween stores.

RECOMMENDED: Full Halloween in NYC guide

The best Halloween stores in NYC

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  • The Bronx
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In a city where your favorite coffee shops were once button factories, Frank Bee Costumes has been consistently supplying New York with whatever mad make-believe garb its residents have required since 1957. Whether you’re in the market for a respectable Hannibal Lecter mask or plan to don a sexy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ensemble, Frank Bee probably has it. After all, it does stock 10,000 costumes year-round.

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  • East Village
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For years, this store has been weirding out 4th Avenue in the East Village with its iconic but creepy clown logo embossed on the overbearing black awning at the entrance. For real, though, its selection is stacked—it has every conceivable holiday c­overed, from Purim to Mardi Gras to—yep, you guessed it—Halloween! 

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  • Flatiron
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These outfits may give your wallet a pinch—the Unisex Handmande Loin Cloths retail for more than $50, which is pretty steep for a get-up you could easily mistake for a fancy dinner napkin. But if you’re keen on high-quality gear, look no further. There’s also an extensive line of in-house makeup, called Abracosmetics, for whenever you want to paint your lips perma-pink.

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  • West Village
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This spot is flush with clutch vintage digs. If you’re going to a blast-from-the-past bash and want to wear legit old school threads, then you should pop in here. It’s also a choice outfitter for mind-blowing Burning Man or Coachella duds.

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  • East Village

No shop in New York understands the need to express yourself through a cold-weather protector than one of Manhattan's new vintage shops Spark Pretty. The store describes its aesthetic as “I Want My MTV” meets '80’s hair bands, crossed with the flash of '70’s glam-rock, so if either of those looks are what you're going after this Halloween, you know what to do next. 

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  • Union Square
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Do your Halloween requirements include a leopard-print jumpsuit, neon-blue hair dye and a hefty dildo? No need to exhaust yourself around town—you can tick everything off your raunchy sex-shop list at Ricky’s. There’s also every shade of every beauty product you can imagine, perfect for both freak and Fashion Week shows.

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  • Greenwich Village
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If you’re throwing a themed soirée or are in need of niche balloons that match your paper plates, hit this place up. It appears to have the most robust bachelorette party section in the city (and possibly the world). Surprise your favorite bride-to-be with a gaudy pink goblet inscribed with Sexy Bitch and a penis-adorned curly straw. So classy.

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  • East Village
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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 and tight pleather pants.

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  • Park Slope
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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—and belts to customize your leotard. Finish your look with the all-essential cape; the basic style comes in a variety of colors. Arrive at your Halloween bash armed with a bottle of Truth Serum—the perfect icebreaker—and keep enemies away with your Photon Shooter.

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