The candy and costume craze of Halloween is among us. With goblins, ghouls and witches on the brain, finding a budget-conscious costume can be a challenge. Los Angeles is filled with hidden gems where finding or creating your Halloween costume is easy and accessible.
1800 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Throwback Thursday is the perfect theme as this year, Oct. 31, lands on a Thursday and your Halloween costume can have that retro vibe. SquaresVille is an ideal vintage spot to pull together a 1940s or 1950s costume. The thrift shop prides itself on back-in-the-day price tags, but with fashion finds you’ll wear way past All Hallow’s Eve. In addition to buying, SquaresVille invites all of its customers to sell or trade their current “trash” because, as any fashionista knows, it will be someone else’s treasure.
216-A E. 9th St.
Los Anegels, CA 90015
Virgo should be on your costume radar as another epic fashion boutique. At the pulse of Los Angeles’ retro scene, everything in the shop is under $100 and you can pull together items from any era to create your Halloween ensemble. Go gangsta with a 1920s black fedora hat or find a long-lost KISS concert T-shirt. Some of the repurposed thrift fashions include detailed trimming and garment construction. When you are finished with Halloween, make your way back into Virgo to check out apparel and accessories from up-and-coming designers.
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324 E. 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
City Fabric has a reputation for offering the finest fabrics and accoutrements at competitive prices. The fabric shop is the hot spot for faux fur and is the perfect store for creating your Carrie Bradshaw costume with some money still left in your pocket. This Halloween, the adorable polar bear is making its way to the top of the trend lists. Use white faux fur to create polar bear costumes for little ones or a cute one for yourself. The faux fur is inexpensive, but truly high quality. City Fabric accepts credit cards to making shopping easy and if you are searching for that perfect fabric for your costume, call the shop – its selection is vast and will most likely include what you are looking for.
Absolute Party Store
6038 Reseda Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
The VMA Awards performances and red carpet have sparked a whole new list of costumes trends for Halloween. Absolute Party Store has hundreds of costumes and party supplies. Walking down the aisles of costumes, you will be inspired to pick just one or buy a few different ones to mix and match. Show up to your Halloween festivities as Lady Gaga (use the seashell bra from a mermaid costume), Miley Cyrus (it’s not hard to find a foam finger) or Robin Thicke (a classic Beetlejuice costume). If you are the hostess of the evening, in addition to costumes, Absolute Party Store has all of your needs to create a scary-licious evening.
Adele’s of Hollywood
5034 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
If budgets are tight, spend your dollars wisely and invest in a Halloween costume accessory. Adele’s of Hollywood has the perfect icing on the costume cake that can take your ho-hum ensemble and create a Halloween party hit. The shop carries accessories for all costumes including crazy, creepy witch’s fingernails, wands, bloody machete knives and devil paraphernalia. Adele’s of Hollywood is known for outfitting the television and film industries and can always be counted on for quality costumes at good prices.
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.