Portlanders adore Halloween. After all, we're complex, creative, and willing to make fun of ourselves. If you're looking for a guide to getting dressed up this year, start right here. From rental shops to thrift stores, we've got you covered.
Red Light Clothing Exchange
Going vintage for Halloween? Shop the packed racks at either location of the Red Light, which is among Portland’s most-loved thrift stores. Don’t miss their funky window displays!
- 3590 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
- 1111 SW Stark St.
Punky, goth, and all kinds of naughty. If you want it, they’ve got it at Metro. And even if you’re not sure it’s your style, try on a corset or some vinyl pants just for fun.
- 3525 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Know before you go: This is primarily a sex shop, so expect to see some risque stuff. You’ll spend a little more on costumes here (leather ain’t cheap), but if it’s attention you crave, it might be worth it.
- 300 SW 12th Ave
You know the drill. Goodwill has tons of cheap clothes, shoes, and accessories, and they save lots of the good stuff for Halloween time. Start your search early and visit a few different locations.
Some big Portland Goodwill stores:
- 2215 W Burnside Street
- 1943 SE Sixth Avenue
- 9015 SE Powell Boulevard
Visit the Goodwill website to find the location closest to you.
It’s an everyday thrift store, but around Halloween time, they stock tons of new costumes, accessories, make-up and the like. Kids and adults can pick up instant costumes here for super-cheap.
- 4420 N.E. Hancock Street
- 5050 S.E. 82nd Ave.
Inexpensive, pre-made costumes are widely available. They may not show the most creativity, but if you want quick and easy, get a packaged costume and try to add some cool make-up or accessories from home to spruce it up.
The Lippman Company
Lippman is all about fun, whether you're throwing a spooky costume party or just want to grab a costume. Warning: it's tough to leave this place without buying something.
- 50 SE Yamhill St.
Call ahead, sometimes their hours vary. This is a great place to go when you want an elaborate outfit, and it's best to have an idea of what you'd like before you walk in.
- 635 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Helen’s Pacific Costumers
Stop by and look through the costume book at Helen’s. Then have one of their staff members guide you through the giant back room. The base price for 24-hour rentals is $60.
- 7501 NE Glisan