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15 Great Shops to Score Halloween Costumes

The arrival of fall means one thing to our kids: it’s time to score a Halloween costume. Despite our kids’ excitement, dealing with those pop-up warehouse Halloween shops can be a total nightmare (and even more so with a stroller in-tow). To help make your costume shopping a breeze, we’ve come up with a great list of Halloween costume-hunting alternatives in the Bay Area (think: thrift stores, craft stores and consignment shops) that’ll give your kid the coolest costume on the block.

Pssst…Feel like making your Halloween costume this year? If you’re the crafty type, check out this story detailing inspiring DIY Halloween Costumes! Your trick-or-treater’s outfit will be one-of-a-kind.

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San Francisco

SF Party
The SF Party store is a great resource all year long, but especially for Halloween. They have a wide variety of kids costumes starting at $9.99 and accessories that turn clothes kiddos already own into the perfect monster-mash getup. They also specialize in party rentals (snow cone machine? bingo wheels?) in case throwing a Halloween bash is in your future.

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939 Post Street
San Francisco, Ca

Thrift Town
Thrift stores are a great way to find variety and costume innovation for cheap, and Thrift Town always has a fabulous selection and great deals. It’s clean and well lit, and the prices are perfect for one-time use outfits that will probably have chocolate (or fake blood) stains on them by the end of Halloween weekend. Plus, you’ll be avoiding the Halloween Hysteria and saving your sanity.

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2101 Mission St.
Corner of 17th & Mission
San Francisco, Ca

Other locations around the Bay include:

3645 San Pablo Dam Rd.
El Sobrante, Ca

41200 Blacow Rd. #E.
Fremont, Ca

16160 E. 14th St.
The Corner of 162nd and E. 14th
San Leandro, Ca

This landmark Noe Valley location is a buy, sell and trade with over 20 years of consignment knowledge under their belt. In addition to a ton of toys, clothes, and more, they also have a wide selection of costumes that fit every kid from newborn all the way up to 6-7 year olds. Appointments to sell items are required and need to be booked 1 month in advance.


1306 Castro St. (at 24th)
San Francisco, Ca

Fantasy Clothing Co.
If you want a costume store that has all of the glitz, glamour, and fun Halloween has to offer, head to Fantasy Clothing Co. Their masquerade masks are a real highlight and the staff is very helpful, grabbing things from the back and helping you reach things high up on shelves. Plus, they’ve got great rentals, including a man-sized shark. With their walls filled with whimsical outfits for adults and kids, you won’t be leaving empty-handed.

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1275 Folsom St. Suite 100
San Francisco, Ca

Chloe’s Closet
Another great kid’s consignment shop is Chloe’s Closet, but this time in San Francisco! This shop is open 7 days a week, and strives to really and truly be part of the community and foster a positive relationship with every customer. As with all consignment shops, their selection is dependent on what they get in (especially involving costumes), but this shop is definitely worth a visit regardless.


616 Irving St
San Francisco, Ca

451 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, Ca


Sparky’s Balloons
While this party boutique is the best place for balloon creations, bet you didn’t know that they also sell kids costumes. Good for kiddos ages 5 and up, they offer some wacky and fun costumes that will be a great addition to those Halloween balloon bouquets that you’ll be picking up for your Halloween bash.


115 Clement St.
San Francisco, Ca

338 Castro St.
San Francisco, Ca


This arts and crafts boutique boasts tons of creative essentials if your little one is asking for a homemade costume this Halloween. With funky fabrics, fun props, and dozens of accessories for whatever alter-ego your kiddo plans on assuming, Mendel’s is a crafty mom’s haven. Be sure to check out their awesome faux fur collection!


1556 Haight St.
San Francisco, Ca

Cliff’s Variety
This variety shop is perfect for all your unique costume needs. With tons of awesome knick knacks and super cool accessories, there’s no better place to take your kid’s costume to the next level. Plus, as the originator of the Castro’s huge Halloween celebration, they clearly know their stuff.


479 Castro St.
San Francisco, Ca

East Bay

Grove Street Kids
An awesome consignment shop in the East Bay, this shop doesn’t just have a great selection of kids’ clothes, but they also have some gently used costumes for sale as well. Their selection is always changing, so make sure to stop by their kid-friendly shop and check out what they’ve got.

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1385 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, Ca

North Bay

wee threads
This resale shop of “kid couture” offers an extensive collection of kids clothing as well as extraordinary costumes. The store carries a huge variety of brands at varying prices, so there’s something for everyone at this one-stop kid shop.


18 E. Blithedale Ave. #12
Mill Valley, Ca

Don’t miss this fabulous resale store this Halloween season for awesome deals and a huge selection. Be sure to dig around to find some amazing hidden gems and accessories to complete your kiddo’s costume. With such a great variety of items, you never know what you’ll find here!


1417 4th St.
San Rafael, Ca

Peninsula and South Bay

Debbie Lyn’s Costumes
This is one costume shop that has a truly home-y feel. Debbie has hundreds of costumes for purchase for kids, but also nearly as many costumes for rent! And they have nice dressing rooms, so your kids can try on costumes and make sure it all fits before you leave the store. Debbie Lyn also takes custom costume orders in case you need help with something unique.


781 E. El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, Ca

Natasha’s Attic
Right in the heart of San Jose, this great costume shop is a must-visit on your Halloween checklist. Natasha’s Attic offers a vast selection of costumes, wigs, makeup, and accessories. They also have a great staff who can help you put the perfect costume together for you and for your kids. On top of that, they also offer modest alterations on costumes that need a little nip and tuck. The attitude and selection of this store is the best—they are very knowledgeable and have tons of suggestions.


1238 S. Bascom Ave.
San Jose, Ca

Fun House Theatrical Costumes
Halloween is just the tip of the costume iceberg at this massive costume shop. They have an impressive online store where you can buy decorations, statues, accessories, and costumes for kids and adults for just about every season. Stop by their store in Mountain View for some other sweet Halloween goodies that you don’t see listed on their site.

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620 National Ave.
Mountain View, Ca

House of Humor
One of the biggest costume shops in the Bay Area, House of Humor is bursting at the seams with costumes for everyone in the family plus accessories, decorations, and props to boot. This place literally has everything that you could ever want to throw the perfect Halloween party or find a great costume idea. Most of their items are pre-packaged, but they sure do have a lot of them!


747 El Camino Real
Redwood City, Ca

Where do you shop for kids’ costumes? Have a favorite store for Halloween costumes? Share with us in comment below and we’ll add it to our story. 

photo credit: Lyn Lomasiflattop341Olaf GradinAlphaGeek, Jamie D. via Yelp & Business Facebook pages 

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