In Louisville, Halloween is serious business. With plenty of parties and haunted houses to attend, the only thing individuals need to come up with is a costume. Thankfully, there are stores to help you with this task. Most of the following costume shops sell complete costumes as well as just the right accents to take your homemade costume to the next level.
Open year round, Caufield’s is an entertaining stop whether it’s Halloween season or not. Costumes, pranks, colored wigs and party decorations hang from every corner. They even have a spooky haunted scene in the back room. I won’t give away the details, you’ll have to check it out yourself. With quality products and a friendly staff (who I have a feeling have fielded every request you can think of, so don’t be shy), Caufield’s has been locally owned since 1920. It is one of the largest distributors of theatrical merchandise in the nation and they even sponsor a Halloween parade. Chances are, whatever costume you can think of, Caufield’s will have the items you need to bring it to life.
1006 West Main St.
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With two stores in the area, Horner offers customers costumes, accessories, novelty items and party supplies. It can be a go-to store for year round party needs (think birthdays and graduation parties). The main store is over the river in Jeffersonville and there is a store located within Louisville, too. With decorations, as well as carnival games and prizes, Horner is a stocked supply store. Take advantage of all they have to offer when planning your Halloween festivities.
310 Spring St.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
3419 Breckinridge Ln.
Louisville, KY 40220
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Providing internet orders throughout the year and pop-up stores for the Halloween season, Halloween Express is a national chain. With a large selection and access to online ordering, Halloween Express can be a convenient place to shop depending on where you live. Since shops are not open all year round, the locations of Halloween Express vary from year to year. Visit the website to find out if the nearest one for you is in Indiana or Kentucky.
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Chances are, if you've hosted a birthday party for kids or adults, you are familiar with places like Party City. It is a party store stocked with birthday party supplies, baby shower favors, Halloween costumes, and more. A good resource if you want to pick up an entire costume in one bag. Ready to wear costumes for any age and size.
4048 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40220
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Nitty Gritty Vintage
Just a short walk from The Monkey Wrench (a spot you might know, if you were costumed up for the annual Zombie Walk), Nitty Gritty specializes in vintage clothing and costumes. You will also find linens and items for the house, too. The store has a retro feel and all of the items for sale are from the 1920s-1980s. It’s a storefront, so the selection isn’t as large as the other shops mentioned. Yet, if you are planning a retro costume, ala Mad Men, then Nitty Gritty might be the perfect spot for you.
996 Barret Ave.
Louisville, KY 40204
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Whatever you plan to be this year, be it a ghost, a goblin, or a past Kentucky Derby winner, remember to consider where it will be worn. Is your costume for an indoor party? Or are you planning to be outside walking through the neighborhood trick-or-treating? Because, if you will be outside, you may need to keep the weather in mind.
Also, before you go spending a lot of money on a costume, remember there are plenty of things in your closet that can be refashioned into another form. Need some ideas? Here's some tips on How to Dress Like a Zombie.