Halloween is just around the corner and the time has come for all good ghouls and goblins to go out and grab their holiday gear.

That leaves you with two questions to answer. What/who do you want to be and where do you go to find your costume? While we can’t answer the first question we can help you with the second with a list of great costume shops to go visit.

Costume Rentals

These stores have some prepackaged costumes as well as expansive costume rentals. Be prepared, and know what you want. Many rental stores only allow a few try-ons, and require hair covering for wig fittings.

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Hollywood Toys and Costumes

6600 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-4444
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Hollywood Toys and Costumes is simply fun. It has a very large selection of costumes and accessories for you to choose from ranging from children to adult garb.
In addition they provide plenty of choices for Halloween makeup that can be used to make your costume truly special.

Parking can sometimes be challenging so make sure to give yourself extra time to find space in a lot or at a meter.

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Adele’s of Hollywood

5034 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
(323) 663-2231
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Adele’s of Hollywood is a long time fixture on the scene that is family owned. They provide both costumes for purchase and for rent.

Parking is sometimes a challenge but the selection and customer service are worth it.

Sinister Jester Costume (credit: fantasycostume.net)

Western Costume Supply Store

11041 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 760-0900
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Western Costume Supply Store offers both variety and a decent inventory to choose from – benefits of a store that works with both professionals and the general public.

The Halloween store isn’t open year round but is available through the month of October. It is located at the back of the building. Popular costumes tend to be rented quite quickly so smart shoppers want to try to visit them earlier in the month while supplies are still good.

Robinson Beautilities

12320 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 398-5757
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Many Westsiders swear by this place as the go-to spot for costume rentals and purchases. A wide selection of choices and lots of accessories to go along with them make it a one stop shopping experience.

Fantasyland Costume Company

1118 W. 135th Street
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 217-0456
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Prepackaged Costumes

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Halloween Town

2921 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 848-3644
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Unlike a lot of the competition Halloween Town is not a shop that pops up six weeks before Halloween only to disappear a few days afterwards. Instead it is open year round providing consumers in need of costumes and supplies with a big selection and competitive pricing.

If you are among the crowd that like to decorate your home for Halloween this store is a great resource for that. There are all sorts of spooky accessories and devices that you can acquire to make your home the scariest on the block.

And then there are the pop-ups: also great stores with huge selections of costumes for all ages. They also carry decorations. They have stores all over Los Angeles, see the web sites for the one nearest you.

Green Lantern Costume (credit: Spirit Halloween)


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Halloween Club

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Sword and Stone

723 N Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 562-6548
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If you want to win a Halloween costume contest for the most authentic looking costume Sword and Stone should be at the top of your list. How many other stores do you know that bill themselves as a full service blacksmith shop?

In addition to providing gear, props and more for film and TV studios, the shop also serves as a higher-end costume store for the general public. Not to mention that as bonus they offer a knife sharpening service at $4 per blade.

If you want to visit Sword and Stone you should be aware that Monday – Friday they are open by appointment only. No appointment is necessary on Saturday and they are closed on Sundays.

Do It Yourself

In the old days when I made my own costumes I usually started by going to the thrift stores. You can find amazing things, for extremely low prices at Good Will and Salvation Army. The National Council Jewish Women’s thift store are a bit more expensive but they have really nice things, if you’re doing a dressier costume.

Good Will

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Salvation Army

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National Council Jewish Women’s Thrift Store

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Joshua Wilner is a father of two and writer in Los Angeles.

Comments (7)
  1. jenni says:

    Shelly’s Dance & Costumes in Westwood has the best selection of costumes for a reasonable price! Opened late for October too.

  2. Mary says:

    Pok A Dots Costumes, 115 East Huntington Drive, Arcadia has a great selection of ready to wear costumes, costume rentals and accessories. It’s a one-stop shop that is family run and owned. We go there every year and are never disappointed.

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