Halloween is a huge event in Manhattan, and the frightening fun isn't just for kids, what with events like the annual Village Halloween Parade, super-scary haunted houses, city ghost tours, and more. You'll want to get into the "spirit" of things and dress to impress your fellow ghouls and goblins on Halloween night. Here, we've rounded up 5 of the best Halloween costume stores in NYC, so that you can undergo your scary/silly/sexy transformation stat!
1. Abracadabra Superstore
This massive Halloween superstore in Chelsea not only offers a wide selection of ready-to-wear packaged costumes, but touts a rental department with thousands of costume options for rent, too. Plus, makeup artists can be booked (advisably, well in advance) for face-and-body makeovers. 19 W. 21st St., btwn 5th & 6th aves.; abracadabrasuperstore.com
2. New York Costume: Halloween Adventure
Conveniently situated near Union Square, NYC's largest year-round costume shop spans an entire city block with two floors of comprehensive inventory. Look for full costumes, masks, wigs, props, and decor, along with costume and prop rentals. They even have a magic section for those who prefer "tricks" to treats. 104 4th Ave., at E. 11th St.; newyorkcostumes.com
3. Ricky's NYC
With numerous locations across the city, Ricky's is a reliable standby for all of your budget-friendly Halloween makeup, costume, and accessory needs.
Check out their store listings for a shop near you, and look out for their seasonal Halloween "pop-up" stores, too. Just don't delay, as their inventory sells out as the holiday approaches. Multiple NYC locations; rickyshalloween.com
4. Early Halloween
For authentic Halloween costumes with their own tale to tell, hit up this vintage clothing rental and styling house based in Chelsea.
The loft space stocks vintage apparel, props, and accessories for adults and kids alike, though note the offerings are available exclusively for rentals. Shop visits are by appointments only. 130 W. 25th St., 11th Fl., btwn 6th & 7th aves.; earlyhalloween.com
5. Frankie Steinz
For top quality, high-concept costumes (at premium prices to match), consider a consultation with premier costume designer Frankie Steinz. Visits to her TriBeCa studio are by appointment only, where she can create custom orders to ensure your costume is one-of-a-kind (several weeks' advance purchase is required), or you can rent one of her ready-made creations on the spot (online orders are also available). 24 Harrison St., btwn Greenwich & Staple sts.; frankiesteinz.com