This city loves Halloween, and the abundance of costumes in our local kids’ consignment shops proves it. Has your little trick-or-treater changed her mind three times about this year’s costume? No worries. You can keep up with her latest plan—and keep costs low—at any of the great shops on this list. Read on to find out more.
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Staff at both the SE and NE locations of this local favorite carefully curate good-quality children’s items all year long, and Halloween is no exception. With a wide selection of costumes in sizes from newborn to 10 years, you can pick up a cozy fleece ladybug onesie for your six-month-old while your six-year-old tries on a pirate hat. If you’ve got a fairy in your crew, they can choose from a well-stocked section of tutus, wings, and wands year-round. Beyond costumes, you can shop all categories of resale items and locally-made goods while your kids stay busy in the play area. Both locations open daily.
3527 NE 15th Ave.
8021 SE Stark Street
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This SW favorite consistently wins awards in parenting magazines for their top-notch selection, quality, and service. Most costumes are under $10 and there’s a wide selection for infants and toddlers all the way up to youth 16. Hoot N Annie recently started carrying women’s clothing, too, so once you’ve found the perfect fit for your trick-or-treaters, you can treat yourself to something new, or new-to-you.
7850 SW Barbur Blvd.
This well-established consignment store in the Woodstock neighborhood stocks used and handmade costumes, including Halloween-themed tutus designed by a local maker. For a truly green Halloween, bring in your child’s outgrown costumes to sell, trade or consign while you browse the racks for this year’s gear. You’ll be amazed at the selection of quality used children’s goods in all categories, alongside sweet clothing finds from favorite brands like Hannah Andersson, Tea, Kickee Pants, Boden, and more.
4416 SE Woodstock Blvd
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This cute resale shop in the Clinton neighborhood is bursting at the seams with kids’ Halloween costumes. On sunny days, they even wheel their collection outside onto the sidewalk for easy browsing. As one of Portland’s oldest kids’ resale shops, they know their stuff– literally– and they’re not afraid to change with the times. If you’re stuck under a napping baby, you can now shop their Instagram feed, call to inquire about a piece you want to buy, and pay via PayPal for delivery. Now that’s a great way to shop online and support local small businesses!
2700 SE 26th Ave
You can always count on this local gem to come through with something really unique for Halloween– or any time of year. Scout around the craft bins on the lower floor near the shoes for sequins, fabric, and other bits and bobs to craft a homemade costume. Or head upstairs to the kids’ section where you’re sure to find an unusual (and affordable) readymade costume your child will love.
4035 SE Division St
Halloween Costume Swaps
Another great way to reduce costs, manage waste, and support your community is a good old fashioned swap party. Bring your child’s outgrown costumes to donate and exchange them for something they can wear this year. A variety of locations host informal kids’ Halloween costume swaps every year. Most are free or charge a nominal fee. Be considerate by offering only costumes without serious stains or holes. Some good places to look for organized events include your child’s school, your neighborhood’s Buy Nothing Facebook page, and Nextdoor. The Portland Children’s Museum and People’s Food Co-op also occasionally host swaps. Check their event pages for updates. If you can’t find one nearby, organize one of your own!