Will you be visiting Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, for Halloween? If you don't want to pack a costume, check out these Halloween stores and rental shops where you can find the perfect outfit. These metro Minneapolis-St. Paul stores also sell Halloween makeup, party supplies, decor, fake blood and everything you need to get your ghoul on.
This fantastic store is worth the trip from any part of the metro area. Check out its thousands of costumes, from cheesy to elaborate. No matter how serious or last minute you are, you can find wigs, makeup, party decor, fake blood, smoke machines, props, and accessories. The staff is a great resource for costume help and ideas; it has been doing this longer than anyone else in the metro area.
Spirit Halloween opens seasonal Halloween stores across the metro area in mid-September. Past stores have been in Roseville, Maplewood, Mall of America, St. Louis Park, Edina, Crystal, Blaine, Minnetonka, Coon Rapids and Maple Grove, but check its website for locations before you go. You can also shop on its website year-round.
Halloween Express is one of the largest costume stores in the United States offering a large variety of themes and sizes. It also stocks accessories, party supplies, decor, props, and novelties. Check its website for stores throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
If you're making your own costume, one of the Ax-Man Surplus stores in St. Paul, St. Louis Park or Fridley is your destination. Creative types can find leather scraps, fake fur, shiny material, steampunk-style accessories, rope, gas masks, lab coats, electronics, masks, helmets, hardware, duct tape and soldering irons here. A plethora of weird stuff and stuff for sticking it together can be found here.
You could buy a modern polyester replica costume of a disco diva, '50s housewife, a flower child or a teddy boy, or you could get the original polyester article without any of the made-in-China angst from one of the Twin Cities' vintage and clothing resale stores. Every Halloween, many vintage stores pull out their less-than-perfect items and the truly hideous and sell them as costumes.
Established in 1899, this is the country's oldest magic store, so obviously, this is the place to head to if you want to dress as a magician. But if you want to dress as something else, check it out anyway. Eagle Magic carries a range of costumes and stage makeup, plus Halloween party supplies.
If you want to make a costume on the cheap, this is the store to visit. This 30,000-square foot warehouse is full of discount fabrics, with plenty of Halloween and holiday choices, plus sewing accessories. So if you're a DIY type, skip the Halloween stores and head here first.
Costume Rentals offers 30,000 costumes made for productions at the Guthrie Theater and the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Rentals aren't cheap, but the costumes are well-made and perfect for those who seek realism.
This company in downtown Minneapolis sells and rents thousands of costumes. Rentals average around $50 and can be more depending on the complexity and value of the costume. Ready-made costumes can be bought here, too. You'll also find wigs, makeup, and other accessories for sale.