Halloween is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in New York City, with annual events like the Village Halloween Parade, super-scary haunted houses, city ghost tours, and a whole slew of underground parties and events happening throughout the city to celebrate the holiday.
If you want to get into the "spirit" of things and dress to impress your fellow ghouls and goblins on Halloween night, you'll first need to find a great Halloween costume store or boutique in NYC where you can undergo your scary/silly/sexy transformation.
Fortunately, New York City, which is known for its Broadway productions and outlandishly-dressed residents, is full of great costume shops and Halloween stores. Here are the top five to get all you need when it comes to this festive holiday.
With numerous locations across the city, Ricky's is a reliable standby for all of your budget-friendly Halloween makeup, costume, and accessory needs, even though their selection can be limited depending on location.
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 quickly, especially as the holiday approaches.
This massive Halloween superstore in Chelsea not only offers a wide selection of ready-to-wear packaged costumes but also touts a rental department with thousands of costume options you can check out for the special day at a reduced price.
Located at 19 West 21st Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Abracadabra also allows guests to book special appointments with makeup artists for face-and-body makeovers to rock at Halloween events, but we recommend making a reservation well in advance to ensure you can get an appointment.
Conveniently situated near Union Square at 104 4th Avenue, NYC's largest year-round costume shop spans an entire city block with two floors of comprehensive inventory. At Halloween Adventure, you can get lost in a full range of costumes, masks, wigs, props, and decor or check out the prop and costume rental shop if you're just looking to rent something for the holiday.
Halloween Adventure even has a magic section for aspiring magicians, so if you're searching for a bit more of a trick than a treat this Halloween, this is your ideal destination.
For authentic Halloween costumes with their own tale to tell, hit up the vintage clothing rental and styling house based in Chelsea called Early Halloween. Located at 130 West 25th Street, this loft space stocks vintage apparel, props, and accessories for adults and kids alike, though everything in the store exclusively available for rental. Additionally, shop visits are by appointments only, so make sure you head over to the website and book your appointment well in advance of the holiday season.
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 outfit is one-of-a-kind, but alternatively, you can rent one of her ready-made creations on the spot. Keep in mind that several weeks' advanced purchase is required for custom orders and that ready-made rentals are also available online.