It might seem early, but smart NYC parents know it’s time to start thinking about, and acquiring, your kid’s Halloween costume. (Read: things sell out.) Wondering where you can get a cool getup without spending a fortune, need a super specific, hard-to-find item to take junior’s ensemble to the next level or an outgrown Elsa cape? We can help. From spots to get gently-used, discounted costumes, to huge stores that specialize in Halloween, read on for our picks for the best NYC stores for kids’ Halloween costumes.
Invading empty storefronts throughout the five boroughs (seriously, every single one) Spirit Halloween is a convenient place to hit up for Halloween Costumes for both kids and adults. The seasonal chain stocks full costumes, accessories, masks, makeup and more—and has more than a dozen locations throughout the city. (Although most are located in Manhattan.)
Multiple NYC locations
New York Costumes
The folks at New York Costumes take this holiday so seriously they're open year round. Infused with the oddball energy of its East Village location, the super-sized shop is both jam-packed and well organized. The store's kids' costume collection goes far beyond the standard witch, fairy and superhero territory with more unusual or elaborate options such as a giant slice of pizza, Cleopatra, and Abe Lincoln.
104 Fourth Ave.
Village Party Store
To support a local NYC small business (and stock up on all the party supplies you could need) head to the Village Party Store. Originally located at the corner of Greenwich Avenue and 10th Street, the Village Party Store moved to its current Eighth Street spot after a tragic fire in 2010. There, it continues to serve both the party decor and Halloween costume needs of New York City families and beyond. (Make a note for you next big bash: this spot is a great place for balloons and balloon arrangements of all kinds.)
13 E. Eighth St.
Another costume superstore open all year (they do brisk business for Comic-Con, too) Rubie’s has been in the costume business for more than 60 years, and it shows. This Queens-based family business — which started as a candy shop back in the day — is now an international costume empire. Beyond a dizzying selection of costumes for the whole family, Rubie’s also sells the perfect accessories to elevate your costume game in a very serious way. Visit them in person to check out their impressive and extensive inventory in person, or shop online.
1 Rubie Plaza
Abracadabra NYC is another Halloween costume store that's open year round (and also specializes in magician supplies, hence the name). Whether you need a single piece like the perfect hat, wand, or pair or fake teeth, or a full-on, out-of-this-world head-to-toe getup for your child, this bi-level Flatiron District superstore has got you. Our advice: go early in the season, because it gets crazy crowded here as Halloween grows near.
19 W. 21st St.
We can pretty much guarantee that there are lots of costumes in your vicinity right now just itching to get back on the street for a night of fun. (Hint: they’re in your neighbor’s closet.) Check out your local parenting site Facebook group or listserve this time of year and you’ll likely find multiple costumes either for sale for cheap or just plain free. (We’ve already seen quite a few listed in our neck of the woods.) Here's our roundup of NYC parenting groups, but these are a few of the biggies: Hudson River Park Mamas Group, Park Slope Parents, West Village Parents, Bronx New Mommies, Lower East Side and East Village Parents, Bronx and Westchester Moms.
One could arguably make a Halloween costume from all the wonderful and wacky goods found at any of the year-round locations of this uber-glam NYC beauty supply shop. However, Ricky’s is also in the Halloween pop-up shop business; the store opens outposts in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens to serve the city's Halloween needs. They’ve got the cute, the scary, and the just-plain-weird costumes for kids, adults, and pets, and you can also shop with them online. Stores open year-round will also be stocked with plenty of Halloween supplies as well.
Multiple locations throughout NYC; click here for details.
Frank Bee Costume
One of the titans of the Halloween costume retail business is also a hometown hero. The Frank Bee Costume Center brick-and-mortar HQ is located in the Bronx, and it’s got all the hottest licensed characters for sale. (They also claim to have the largest selection of costumes in the universe!) In addition, you'll find not one but two kinds of Star Wars costumes, loads of Thomas the Tank Engine costumes and lots of fun accessories, wigs and makeup. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the Bronx; the store offers most products online as well.
3435 East Tremont Ave.
Be prepared for your mind to be blown For a next-level spot that also serves Broadway, television and movie productions, head north to Beyond Costumes, a massive 21,000-square-foot warehouse space. Here you can rent from the store's extensive costume selection or shop its retail collection. You can customize your look with Beyond Costumes' selection of accessories including wigs, hats, props, masks, make-up, recreational prosthetics and jewelry. The store has an excellent FAQ on its site, and you can also take a virtual tour of the huge space before making the trip.
530 Nepperhan Ave.
feature photo: Kelly Teague via Flickr