So your little angel is demanding to be a “pirate spiderman” or “pop star princess” this Halloween, and you have T-minus two weeks to find it. Fret not, friends. Luckily, Atlanta has plenty of shops scattered around town with every possible get-up and costume combo you can imagine. Here’s a list to get your family all suited-up before the candy-crazed chaos begins.


Shop Local…

Costumes, Etc
Off Cheshire Bridge Road, this locally-owned, year-round costume variety shop has it all. The kids’ costumes are found in the front of the store, with sizes ranging from infant to teens. A more traditional variety is offered, think: Orphan Annie, Cat in the Hat, Peter Pan, etc. Outfits start around $20, however the round racks house some discounted costumes, so you may want to start there for inspiration. Grownups wanting to join in the fun but don’t want to commit to a big, bulky purchase? Rental costumes are plentiful. The warehouse-style store offers rows upon rows of wigs, masks, a full makeup section, and just about every dress-up dud you can imagine. It’s truly a fun, freaky store, so bring your imagination!

Know before you go: They are closed on Mondays.
Address: 2213 Faulkner Rd. NE (off Cheshire Bridge)
Phone: 404-728-4598
Hours: Sun., 1 to 5 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Costumes, Etc

Richard’s Variety Store
Richard’s Variety is true to its name. You may consider bringing your Christmas list along and knocking it out too while you’re there. About four to five rows of inventory are dedicated to Halloween, with most costume sizes fit for the younger kids. There is a great selection of hats and other headpieces, makeup, masks, and some Halloween décor.

Know before you go: This is the Midtown location, not to be confused with the Buckhead location, which is also great, but doesn’t carry Halloween loot.
Address: 931 Monroe Drive NE, Suite #113
Phone: 404-879-9877
Hours: Sun., 12 to 6 p.m.; Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Eddie’s Trick Shop
Because the Decatur location of Eddie’s is attached to its distribution warehouse, it is a bit tucked away in an industrial area. However, once you enter, you’ll find the entrance stocked with masks, makeup, novelties, magic, accessories, and wigs. An adjacent room houses the costumes, neatly packaged and ranging from toddler sizes on up. Prices start at $20 with offerings such as lions, monkeys, bears (oh my!), pirates, superheroes, army, firemen, builders, princesses, skeletons, and cowgirl/boys. A full line of adult costumes also start around $20.

Know before you go: The Marietta location is conveniently located on the square, and has a bigger selection of costumes.
Address: 262 Rio Circle, Decatur; 70 S. Park Square, Marietta
Phone: 404-377-0003 (Decatur), 770-428-4314 (Marietta)
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a/m/ to 4 p.m. (Decatur); Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Marietta)


The Chain Gang…

Spirit Halloween Superstores
Known as a seasonal “pop-up” chain, the Spirit Halloween Superstores can be found all over Atlanta. With costumes and spooky décor galore, this is where shoppers can find the more “recent” characters, such as Doc McStuffins, Merida from Brave, and other Disney and television characters. Accessory kits start at $10 and infant buntings start at$20. Plenty of masks, makeup, décor, candy pails, and glow in the dark accessories are scattered around the store as well.

Know before you go: If your kids are skittish, beware of all the creepy things in this store, some of which are operating on display. Foot remotes send gross goblins and menacing animals jumping out at innocent shoppers!
Locations: Click here to see a list of Atlanta area stores.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Party City
Another one-stop Halloween shop, Party City conveniently organizes baby to adult (prices starting at $10 and $13 respectively) costumes with wall-mounted pictures rather than rack after rack. Simply peruse the ample options and then ask an associate to bring you the correct size. Makeshift dressing rooms are set up in case you want to try anything on — another plus. Plenty of other accessories and décor (even pet costumes) are offered, if you’re looking to piece a costume together a la carte.

Know before you go: While you’re there, go ahead and get all your spooky party frills at great prices.
Locations: Click here to see a list of Atlanta area stores.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (for most locations, extended hours as Halloween approaches)

Party City

Halloween City
Halloween City has all the popular costumes you can imagine, starting with adorable baby buntings such as sharks, unicorns, and peacocks ($22 and up). The store is creatively organized into sections like “Funny,” “Career,” “Storybook,” and “Decades.” Kids’ outfits range from $25 to $35 with another half of the store dedicated to adults. And, conveniently, the “Fright Zone” is has its own spooky room in the back, so parents can avoid the scary stuff all together (however, this is also where the dressing rooms are located).

Know before you go: There are locations also in Kennesaw and Conyers, and they are open now through November 3rd.
Address: Click here for a list of Atlanta area locations.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Halloween City

How will you outfit your family this Halloween? Tell us below!

—Anna Cate Little and Phebe Wahl

Photos courtesy of the author and  Paul MayneAMERICANVIRUS on Creative Commons via Flickr