Halloween will be looking a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that surely won’t stop New Yorkers from celebrating with some extra safety precautions. We can’t necessarily bar hop or attend a crowded party like in previous years, but there are still plenty of ways to have fun this weekend.
It can be tough to know where to buy a costume, how late the shops are open and if they’ll even carry the apparel you want. Instead of resorting to Target last-minute, it's always better to support the city's local businesses.
We’ve compiled a list of the best Halloween costume stores in NYC for your reference. Don’t waste any more time! Whether you’re throwing a socially-distanced apartment party for your five closest friends or eating at your favorite restaurant in full costume, it’s still Halloween – you still have to be dressed to the nines, and we’ve got you covered.
19 W. 21st St. | Website
Abracadabra calls themselves “the world’s most unique store” and certainly lives up to that title. They sell every costume you could possibly want, with both Disney and superhero costumes getting their own section on the website. You can also purchase accessories as intense as prosthetics and fake blood, but don’t leave without checking out their very own magic shop within the store!
110 4th Ave. | Website
For our edgier readers, this one is for you. An alternative fashion boutique specializing in goth, renaissance, Victorian, cyber, steam punk and fantasy apparel, this shop does not fall short of spooky. Whether you need a corset for your angel costume or platform knee-high boots to be a member of Kiss, Gothic Renaissance has the costume for you.
240 W. 14th St. | Website
Not your typical costume shop, Screaming Mimis approaches costuming from a fashion stylist’s perspective, specializing in vintage clothing. If you need a nice, high-quality costume that will last you through this Halloween and the costumed cocktail work event you’ll attend in two years, this might be the perfect spot to make your purchase.
New York Costumes
808 Broadway | Website
This store claims to have the largest retail selection of costumes, wigs, masks, props and décor in NYC – doesn’t just that description alone make you want to visit? Offering costumes for purchase and rental, you will definitely find what you need at this shop, selling everything from animal and mascot wear, to historical costumes, and everything in between.
Locations in all boroughs | Website
With over 1,000 across the US since 1983 and an iconic reputation, it’s not overdramatic to say that Spirit Halloween is a national treasure. They quite literally have every possible costume you could want – no matter how niche you think yours is. Plus, if you want to stay home for the safety of avoiding COVID-19, they sell every costume online.
Village Party Store
13 E. 8th St. | Website
For all of your costume and party needs, we give you the Village Party Store. Voted the #1 Party Store in NYC by Manhattan Business Recognition, you won’t be disappointed during your visit to this shop. While they carry all of your standard Halloween costumes and accessories, their main specialization is party items. In order to throw your best socially-distanced Halloween bash, you’ll want to make Village Party Store your first stop.
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