Top Ten NYC Costume Shops
Halloween is right around the corner and you promised yourself that this year, you would go all out. Ricky's and Party City just aren't going to cut it if you're going to try and win a costume contest to fund your binge drinking and rallying. So, here's an idea: expand your horizons and check out our list of the top ten shops to score a killer costume this Halloween! Once you get your spooky garb together, check out our Top Picks for Halloween and Hallo-win yourself some tickets.
372 Fifth Ave.
Get fitted for a cape, stock up on cans of Chutzpah, Immortality, and Muscle, and get your secret identity all sorted out at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. The best part: while you're channeling your inner superhero, you'll be supporting 826NYC, a nonprofit that helps students 6-18 with their writing skills.
104 4th Ave.
New York Costumes is two floors of everything you could possibly need for your Halloween costume. Open year-round, the costume shop boasts a huge selection of costumes with a friendly staff willing to help you narrow down your choices.
110 4th Ave.
New York Costumes' neighbor is less about costumes and more about unique, alternative fashion. However, if you take Halloween seriously, it's the perfect place to score elaborate and beautiful pieces with a gothic flair.
19 W 22nd St.
This year-round costume shop offers a huge variety of everything you could possibly need for your Halloween getup, included custom costume rentals. Added bonus: the fun magic supplies!
240 West 14th St.
If you're thinking of dressing like a flapper or a hippie but aren't into the pre-packaged costumes, then Screaming Mimi's is the place for you. This vintage shop sells authentic pieces from the '20s through the '90s that will set you apart from the sea of time period costumes out there. Even better, you'll totally be able to incorporate that "costume" into your everyday outfits!
200 East Broadway, Suite 3D
Patricia Field, the Emmy Award-winning costume designer for Sex and the City, has been a fashion mainstay on the Bowery for over forty years. Her shop not only offers unique, everyday pieces that you can turn into a chic costume, but also funky and one-of-a-kind Halloween couture.
3435 E. Treemont Ave.
If you can dream it, Frank Bee Costume Center in the Bronx probably has it. Scour the aisles of costumes for inspiration and score something for a reasonable price.
13 East 18th Street
This party supply store becomes Halloween central as soon as fall rolls around. The normally jam-packed shop is even more crammed to the rafters with everything you could possibly need for a Halloween costume, as well as decorations and party favors for days.
530 Nepperhan Ave.
Yonkers may seem a little out of the way, but it's worth it for the 20,000 square foot warehouse filled with costumes to rent or purchase. The staff is also happy to tailor and clean any rental pieces if needed.
730 9th Ave.
All the Housing Works thrift stores are a great bet for Halloween gear but the Hell's Kitchen location boasts an extensive selection donated by the Broadway community. Search the racks and you may just find something used on stage!
Once you're dressed, it's time to make some plans. No, seriously. You need plans and a place to party. It's Halloween week in New York City - check out the top picks for some spooky fun.
List by Alexis Priester