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Exotic costume at ABC Costume Hire
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The best costume shops in Sydney

Fix up, look sharp with the best costume shops Sydney has to offer

By Jordan Kretchmer
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Whether you want to slay the DF in retro flares, swing back into the ’20s in a bedazzled frock or scare the bejesus out of your mates with a gory mask, these local costumiers will make sure you’re dressed to the nines. But if you're looking for a regular fabulous daywear rather than something fearful, head to the best antique stores or best op shops in Sydney.

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The best costume shops in Sydney

1. The Wardrobe

Shopping Costumes Chatswood

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the dress up box of your dreams when you enter the Wardrobe. The store’s bright pink interiors are home to over 30,000 individual pieces of costuming. On site they have a tailoring room used to customise costumes and create one-off pieces for local theatre ensembles and school productions.

2. Fancy That! Costumes & Balloons

Shopping Costumes Crows Nest

Downstairs in this treasure chest of a shop you'll find high-quality accessories, like Italian Swarovski-encrusted masks and realistic looking flesh tattoos, and movie release licenced costumes that you can try before you buy. There's yet more upstairs and they even have a tailor on-hand to make minor alterations so that the costume you choose is perfect.

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3. Snog the Frog

Shopping Costumes Surry Hills

Tucked away in a Surry Hills sidestreet is the little costume treasure chest known as Snog the Frog. After entering their garage door you are surrounded by a collection of ridiculous celebrity masks. Upstairs is a small retail area but the real winner here are the hire costumes – especially their celebrity and character costumes. 

4. Party People Mega Store

Shopping Costumes Drummoyne

This party shop has more balloons than we’ve ever seen in one spot before. They’ve also got copious sweets for candy bars, glow sticks galore and plenty of knick-knacks for themed parties. While the two-floor shop brings its A-game on the decorations front, the costume selection isn’t as comprehensive.

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Two people standing up against a brick wall wearing skeleton hal
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5. Costume Party

Shopping Costumes Newtown

This bargain shop has a decent costume selection – but the price cut means a cut in quality. Here you’ll find your run-of-the-mill nun, dentist and army outfits alongside extensive wacky sunglasses, sequined hot pants and fake blood.

Costume shop rack
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6. Jester Fancy Dress

Shopping Costumes Caringbah

This sprawling costume shop has been peddling costumes since 1985 and has a big collection to show for it. Some of the outfits have seen better party days, but if you hunt through the collection or buy it brand-new you’ll be sure to find something that’ll work.

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Freak yourself out

Ghost tour group inside a tunnel
Ghost tour group inside a tunnel
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Ghost tours in Sydney

Things to do Walks and tours

From unexplainable sensations to terrifying sightings, visitors on these ghost tours will experience the spookier side of our city’s history. 

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