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The best Halloween costume rental stores

At the best Halloween costume rental stores, borrow your spookiest, sweetest or most shocking costume yet

Written by
Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner
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These Halloween costume rental stores will make you wish you never gave up trick-or-treating. While Halloween pop-ups with their cheap versions of pop star and superhero costumes tempt you with sequins and fake smoke all autumn long, your best bet is to rent a costume. Instead of filling your closet with tutus and superhero spandex, leave room for, you know, actual clothes and kicks from clothing stores and sneaker stores—and spend the cash you’ll save on a costume to shop for discounted sweets at candy stores on November 1.

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Best Halloween costume rental stores

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  • East Village
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You won’t find a holiday armadillo costume at this Union Square, year-round Halloween shop (yes, you’ll recognize the exterior from the Friends episode), but you can find other far-fetched full-body costumes ranging from unintentionally creepy mascots to dramatic period outfits to Hollywood-inspired rental props. Countless accessories and makeup kits for purchase can help add your own personal touch to the rental costume, and same-day rentals are available based on inventory, if you get a last-minute Halloween party invite.

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  • Tribeca
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You’re guaranteed to win pretty much any costume contest if it comes from costume designer to the stars Frankie Steinz. This luxe, appointment-only boutique outfits those not ready to splurge for a custom creation—you can rent professional-quality vintage, whimsically and hugely original ensembles by the day.

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  • Flatiron
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From muscular bodysuits to superhero outfits straight out of the movies to seriously spooky pirates to a range of professional Santa suits, you can really find it all at this costume mega-store. Three-day rentals start at $100 with a security deposit, so you can suit up all Halloweekend and unload your sweaty leather Batman garb the next morning with no shame.

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  • Queens
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Throwback to another period with rental costumes ranging from colonial outfits to duds from every decade from the 1920s to the ’60s, all at the warehouse at this Queens costume shop. A wide range of pet costumes are also available for purchase here, so you can skip the pet store and easily find a coordinating outfit for a four-legged trick-or-treater.

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  • Bay Ridge
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This 45-year-old Brooklyn party supply store carries mostly costumes for sale, but ignore the temptation to own a pink poodle skirt and direct yourself to the bigger-is-better rentals, where you can borrow enormous animal heads practically worthy of Disney Broadway shows.

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  • Womenswear
  • Flatiron
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Skip corny Halloween-specific costumes and head here to get creative with couture, formalwear, accessories and more at this borrowing boutique popular with costumers and fashionistas alike. For $139 a month, unlimited subscribers who are popular enough to have plenty of costume parties can switch up their Halloween outfits every day in October if they so desire.

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