It's rare that we have an opportunity to get dressed up in costume, so let's make the most of it! Whether you're looking to find the perfect outfit for a costume party or you have a killer idea for an original Halloween getup, these stores can provide the inspiration and accessories to make you the life of the party.
Tip: If you're looking for some inspiration or are in need of a costume from another era, be sure to check out vintage shops in DC, too. These places are crammed with unique clothes that make for perfect quintessential costumes.
Artist Costumes and Dance Fashions
Try Artist Costumes & Dance Fashions if you're looking for classic costumes. From medieval to modern, this shop has everything you could possibly imagine: cowboys, superheroes, flappers, vampires, and more. Artistic Costumes & Dance Fashions also carries theatrical makeup, an assortment of wigs, tights in every color imaginable, and hundreds of character shoes.
The Zone is a consignment shop in Mount Vernon packs a whole lot of costume party potential. If you're looking for wacky fashions, vintage accessories, or a unique Halloween getup, this is the place to play dress up. Donna, The Zone's owner, can help you find just about anything you need, and she'll do so with a smile. This is one store that is hard to leave empty handed!
A T Jones & Sons
A T Jones & Sons has been making opera and theater costumes since 1868. Since they specialize in historical and other high-quality costumes, this is the perfect place if you are looking for something a little unusual or want to get some serious theatrical makeup. It also has a good selection of kids costumes (none of the plastic variety). Be warned: there are scary clown heads in the window.
Those looking for mass-produced costumes and other party supplies can always stop in at Party City, a retail chain with a wide assortment of costume ideas. Since Party City has licensing agreements with companies like Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop, this a great place to go with a child who has a specific costume in mind. It's also good if you're looking for something along the lines of a French maid outfit or Iron Man gear. If you're hosting a Halloween or costume party, many other supplies can be purchased here, including paper and plastic tableware, balloons, and other novelties.