Need an outfit to guarantee you free drinks, entry to clubs and general admiration from your fellow monsters, zombies and creepy creatures? Whether it's Halloween, a themed get-together or just dressing up for fun, we round up the best costume stores to pick your next party outfit.
For the best collection
One of the longest-running costume shops in Singapore, Ministry of Costumes have a huge collection of costumes you can pick from, whether you're a baby or an adult. With over 30 years of experience and 25,000 costumes for rent, enter fantasy worlds and magical realms without busting your budget. Rental starts from as low as $20 for three days so get perusing for Halloween already.
For last-minute simple costumes
For over two decades, Party With Us has provided a one-stop party solution for customers in Bukit Timah Plaza. On top of the usual decorations, balloons, and party supplies, the store also has a neat collection of costumes for adults and kids. While the collection may not be large, you can get classic costumes like a priest, a ghoul and a knight.
Best for retro threads
Founded in 1998, CCM has built a reputation for its tailor-made costumes. Whether you're looking to rent costumes in bulk or buy made-to-measure outfits, or want some maintenance work done on your costume, just talk to the folks here. Your best option is to head down to the shop and trawl the shelves yourself – who knows what you'll find. For retro costumes, its wide range of ’60s, ’70s and ’80s gear is more than satisfactory.
Most might know Pan-In-The-Box as a cosplay shop after all, it has been around since 2003 and frequently participates in anime and cosplay events in Singapore. Come October, the shop gradually fills up with masks, wigs, capes and all sort of scary props you might need to embelish your Halloween outfit. There are costumes for both adults and children available for rental and purchase along with children-friendly animal masks. We even spotted a realistic rubber pig's head sitting on the top shelf – talk about freaky!
Best for custom-made outfits
It may have a heck of a tacky name, but the people at Awesome Costumes are serious when it comes to custom-made costumes. The company specialises in character and themed costumes, but it's up for almost any challenge you might have. Depending on the complexity of a request, it can take up to two months to complete a costume. So if you have something specific in mind, get your requests in early.
Best for pop culture pieces
Step through the doors and you’ll be greeted by an entire world of weird and wonderful costumes. From outfits to accessories to latex prosthetics for DIY wounds – whatever character you’ve got your heart set on this year, chances are this store has you covered. However, if you just want to have a quick browse for inspiration, its entire catalogue is computerised in-store, so you can easily see what’s available. Suicide Squad, superheroes, princesses and Game of Thrones outfits are just a few in its impressive range.
Best for sexy costumes
Halloween doesn’t have to be all about horror and gore: it can also be a night to let loose and embrace your fun or sexier side. Dimac Glam and Glitter stocks an extensive range of costumes – make as if you're from the renaissance age, a beer maiden, pirate or fairy – available in adult versions (read: all with very short skirts). It also stocks men’s and children’s costumes, with sizes ranging from toddler through to plus-size.
Best for Halloween classics
Don’t base your opinion of this place on its website: it doesn’t do it justice. The store is deceptively big – one small doorway leads to another massive room. The walls are overflowing with wigs, wings, masks, helmets, an extensive array of cowboy hats and lots of bling, including a giant dollar sign necklace. It specialises in mascot costumes (think Adventure Time characters and animal outfits), and it's especially popular during Halloween as it offers a wide range of the classics: zombies, witches, vampires and pirates with props to match.