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Spooktacular Costumes: The Best Shops in Town

Collecting as much candy as you can carry and assuming another identity for a night is pretty fantastic. No wonder Halloween is so adored by kids and grown-ups alike! But as a parent, it can get a bit tricky sourcing the perfect costume for your spooky sprite. So take out the guesswork and treat yourself to a simple hunting for haunting clothes by boning up on the best costume shops in town, with this handy guide. May your search for an eerie ensemble be easy!

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Retail Shops

Hollywood Toys & Costumes
It’s almost a right of passage for kids who just can’t decide what costume they will wear for Halloween. This isn’t your typical spirit store, mind you – it has has been creeping out customers since 1950, and it’s easy to see how. This costume shop has everything from wigs to fake body parts to costumes for kids and adults. Browsing here is half the fun.  Decorations and other spooky decor are aplenty, so don’t be afraid to really get in the Halloween spirit and cover the house in cobwebs and ghostly apparitions.

6600 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles
Phone: 323-464-4444
Online: hollywoodtoysandcostumes.com

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Make Believe, Inc.
Kids will get to ‘make believe’ they are just about anything when shopping at this fantastic and expansive costume shop. Superheroes, princesses, pirates, Cat in the Hat, crayons, spooky costumes, and a wide range of animal costumes are just a few of the many choices available. If Moms and Dads really want to go all out but don’t want the commitment of buying an expensive ensemble, a staff member will act as your personal costume stylist and help you choose an elaborate get up from their rental selection.

3240 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica
Phone: 310-396-6785
Online: makebelieveinccostumes.com

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Adele’s Costumes
Adele’s is a small costume shop that is loaded to the hilt with costumes. While many patrons dub the place chaotic, they’ll also assure you that the friendly staff knows exactly where to locate just about anything you need from the shelves, which are packed sky high with merchandise. Adele’s has been serving Hollywood since 1945, providing costumes for all occasions to everyone from the entertainment industry to the general public.

5034 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood
Phone: 323-663-2231
Online: adelescostumes.com

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Ursula’s Costumes
Ursula’s offers literally thousands of kids costumes that run the gamut from classic witches and Dracula attire to TV and movie characters, food and candy, renaissance and medieval garb, and just about anything else your little one can conjure up.

2516 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica
Phone: 310-582-8230
Online: ursulascostumes.com

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Halloween Town
There’s no shortage of baby and toddler costumes at Halloween Town. Whether you giggle at the chance to dress up your baby like a slice of bacon, or your kid is dying to be Sully from Monsters University, these costumes scream Halloween fun down to every last detail. Plus, it’s open all year, so you can really get a head start on that shopping!

2921 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank
Phone: 818-848-3644
Online: halloweentownstore.com

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Resale Shops

All that browsing may have you wondering where you could save some pennies. Why not get creative and hit up your local Goodwill for inspiration? You can pick and choose from hundreds of items to create your own costume, but they also offer a variety of brand-new or gently used costumes. Teach your little goblin about going green and donate your outfits once the holiday is over, so that another child can enjoy them for next year’s fun!

You can also find wicked fun wearables at Bluebird and Grow Kid Grow. Both fabulous resale stores have a tempting selection of Halloween costumes well before the holiday arrives. If you’re looking for bargain goodies closer to your home check out this list of the best resale shops for kids all over LA.

And if you’re into being totally green, why not trade last year’s cool costume for another one?
Saturday October 12th, 2013 is National Costume Swap Day. If you have outgrown costumes on your hands, (or they’re taking up space in your closet), this is the perfect opportunity to be out with the old and in with the new-to-you! Find a swap here. And in case you can’t make it that day, you have another chance on Sunday October 13, 2013.

Online: facebook.com/CostumeSwapDay

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Or you can check out Green-O-Ween at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, where you can swap costumes and enjoy activities like pirate training and face painting too.

Also, if you’re a crafty mom with a talent for homemade duds, check out these suggestions for DIY Halloween Costumes.

We wish you a howling good time on Halloween! Let us know if there are any cool costume shops we missed.

– Elena Wurlitzer

Photo credits: Elena Wurlitzer, vdrg dansschool via Creative Commons, Anne Jacko via Creative Commons, jepoycamboy  via Creative Commons, madgerly via Creative Commons, anjanettew via Creative Commons, and TedsBlog via Creative Commons

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