It's that time of year again: one that has become the second biggest retail holiday of the year (I kid you not): Halloween! And of course New York has the best costumes and party items in the world. All of our great candy, chocolate and baked good stores offer specially decorated, ghoulishly good treats, so visit them for your trick-or-treat offerings. For your party, however, drop in at some of the following:
Abracadabra Superstore - 191 West 21st Street
Costumes for the entire family -- with appropriate makeup, accessories, props and more. Indulge your inner Batman, pirate, Lara Croft and more!
Frankie Steinz Costumes - 580 Broadway
Frankie Stein, a costume designer, can create something customized -- or you can buy a spectacular piece such as Marie Antoinette -- or a tooth. (You read that right.)
New York Costumes, Halloween Adventure - 104 Fourth Avenue
In addition to one of the largest collections of costumes and wigs, look for some terrific décor (color-changing zombie hand, anyone?).
If dressing from the 1950s, 1930s or earlier is your goal, drop in at these retailers of vintage clothing:
Early Halloween -130 West 25th Street
A great place to rent men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories from
the 1900s to the 1960s -- its selection is so extensive that many movie productions come here for costumes!
Screaming Mimi's - 382 Lafayette Street
The city's vintage headquarters, where you can find some fabulous pieces to recreate the look of a bygone era -- and then incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe!
One Stop Shop
Party City - Multiple locations
Everything is here -- from affordable costumes for the family, to decorations, to cups to games. Get it all at a great price.
Spirit Halloween - Multiple locations
Check the websites for locations near you for this annual temporary store -- and find some of the most adorable (or frightening) costumes and great décor!
Ricky's - Multiple locations
You come here for just about everything under the sun anyway, so why not indulge in its selection of costumes, masks and makeup?
Halloween City - 23 Wall Street - 19 West 8th Street
You can find great values on costumes for kids, adults and couples (even plus sizes), as well as serving items and more. You don't have to go broke on Halloween!
Other holidays are about family -- Halloween is about fantasy and fun. Indulge and enjoy!
Happy Halloween and Happy Shopping!
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