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Where to Score Awesome Halloween Costumes

No longer do you head to the West Village for the annual Halloween parade and adult festivities. It’s all about afternoon apple bobbing and candy rationing now. Halloween in the city is a different kind of affair these days, but it’s still a ton of fun watching the kids dress up. Support the small guys and shop locally for costumes this year. We’ve picked places to appeal to your busy schedules and wallet. Don’t forget to pick up a fun costume for yourself, too!

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Your Costume
If shelling out beaucoup bucks for a costume that will be worn once seems silly to you, then consignment stores are a frugal bet. Whether you’re motivated by saving a dime or saving the environment, both are good reasons to shop secondhand.

Flying Squirrel
Flying Squirrel is so into Halloween that it co-hosts a Witches Walk for families in the nabe every year. This is the first year it will be kicking off from their new Greenpoint location, which should be opening Oct. 16. Before hitting the festivities, pop in to see what secondhand costumes you can score. Once the kiddos have donned their Halloween regalia, pass the costumes along to a friend for next year.

Go: Until approximately Oct. 15: 96 North 6th Street, Williamsburg

After Oct. 16: 83 Oak Street, Greenpoint

Monk’s Trunk
This Brooklyn gem has “every animal imaginable” and organizes gently used costumes by gender. Extend your visit to this charming brownstone basement store by adding a trip to the nearby Audubon Center in Prospect Park.

Go: 23 Hawthorne Street, Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Depend On A Neighbor
Don’t forget to check out the classifieds of your local parent group or school group such as Hudson River Park Mamas GroupPark Slope Parents or West Village Parents to see if any costumes are being sold or exchanged. We bet you’ll find lots of pre-loved, but worn only once, gems.

Ask your friends and neighbors for your local resources available. This is about the most fun and eco-friendly shopping you can do! You might just set up a play date in the process, too.

If You Prefer Shopping From the Sofa…
Wanna support local businesses, but feel too lazy to trek all over the city to find the perfect costume? We found a few local shops with great web sites that’ll let you click, buy and ship straight to your apartment.

When it comes to costumes and dressing up, who better to trust than NYC drag queens? Click on Ricky’s, a local favorite for everything from mascara and soy candles, to wigs and press-on nails – remember this questionable 80’s trend? Ricky’s has a dedicated Halloween costume web site just right for the season. It’s not too shabby either – with over 1,500 costumes just for kids! We’re psyched that the site is pretty organized and easy to peruse for tired parents.  

Go: Shop online or visit one of the many permanent and pop-up locations. Find one near you here. There are 22 Manhattan, 2 Brooklyn and 1 Queens location!

Maddy’s Tutu Cute Collection
If your little princess wants to stay that way for Halloween, then check out Maddy’s Tutu Cute Collection, an adorable online Etsy shop based here in the city that offers tutus in every color and size! For Halloween, there are special tutu-based costumes like our favorite Snow White version and the all-purpose black and orange tutu that can be worn all month long. It takes a confident girl (or brave boy!) to don 100 yards of tulle with swagger!

Frank Bee Costume Center
This Bronx superstore is one of the largest retail and Internet suppliers of Halloween costumes and is right in our backyard, the Bronx to be exact. But you don’t need to visit the bricks and mortar location (3435 East Tremont Avenue), ground shipping is just $6.98 for every purchase, so do some quick shopping, then sit back and relax.

Rubie’s, a Queens-based family business, started as a candy shop over 60 years ago and has become an international costume empire! Rubie’s offers a great variety of infant, toddler and children’s costumes so you can find something for everyone in the family.This is a great one-stop (online) shopping option.

What are your helpful hints in finding a costume this season? What are your kids dressing up as this Halloween? Leave us a comment below!

–Sarah Choi

Photos courtesy of Sarah Choi 

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