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 & Dance Fashions
Address: 1304 Goucher Blvd. Towson, Maryland
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
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.
Address: 813 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD
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
Address: 708 N Howard St. Baltimore, MD
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.
Address: 6311 York Rd. Baltimore, MD
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.