It may still feel like summer, but fall is here. That means pumpkin spice lattes, real pumpkins, and Halloween! Don’t be caught without costumes for school events, parties or trick-or-treating. There are plenty of resources in the Portland area that can help you assemble ghostly getups, plus check out our ideas for some DIY creativity.


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Lippman Company

Conveniently located in inner-SE Portland, the Lippman Company has been around for over 60 years and carries a wide variety of costumes, makeup and props for the entire family. They even carry dog costumes! And, if you’re hosting a party, they have great decorations too.

Hours: 9-6 Monday – Saturday
Location: 50 SE Yamhill St.
Phone: 503-239-7007

Halloween Warehouse

Located in Beaverton, Halloween Warehouse carries costumes of all varieties and sizes. While they may be a little pricier than other vendors, they have tons of product available so you are guaranteed to find what you need if you arrive with patience to sort through the racks. They have a little bit of everything!

Hours: 10-7 Monday – Saturday, 10-6 Sunday
Location: 11465 Southwest Canyon Road
Phone: 503-574-3443

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Party City

With three locations in the Portland metro area (Clackamas, Vancouver and Troutdale), Party City carries a large selection of children’s Disney and themed costumes, such as princess, pirate, superhero and more. There are also plenty of options for choosing different pieces to make your own costume or family groupings, and what could be cuter than a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle family?

Hours: 9:30-8:30 Monday – Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday – Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Spirit Halloween

Spirit Halloween often operates as a seasonal pop-up shop and has three locations this year at Mall 205, Washington Square Mall and Cascade Station (near the Portland International Airport). Spirit’s prices are generally reasonable and they have a large supply of costumes, wigs, makeup and accessories.

Hours: Vary by date. Contact store for details.


On a budget, low on time, or want to give your little ghosts something a bit more original than a store-bought costume to wear? make a Do-It-Yourself costume for your little trick-or-treater and be the envy of the neighborhood! Here are some easy costume ideas and where to shop.

Cotton candy: dress your little sweetie up in all pink clothing and fashion a cone-shaped hat by rolling up a piece of white paper and attaching it with elastic.

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Jellyfish: String battery operated lights within a clear or light-colored umbrella, then sew or glue strips of fabric or shiny string to the umbrella ends. The best part of this costume is that it’s great for rain and the lights add visibility!

Vegetable: Use an oversized orange or red sweatshirt to make your little seedling into a carrot, pumpkin or tomato. Add a green wig or hat to top it off. This is a fun costume to do with multiple children!

Animals: Choose one color of clothing (black, pink, white), to make a cat, piglet or rabbit. Draw whiskers on cheeks and tape or glue some paper ears on to a headband. Voila!

Scuba diver: Dress your sassy swimmer in black clothing and add goggles (safety or swimming), and attach a large bottle on their backs (tip: spray paint or attach duct tape to a 2 liter bottle to make it look like a silver diving tank).

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Astronaut: Dress your little explorer up in a light-colored, hooded sweatshirt and pants and attach USA flags to the arms. Add a backpack, and give them a toy spaceship to hold if you have one.

Anything with a Box: Have a large Amazon or shipping box around? There are so many fun costumes that can be made with a box and some paint or paper! Think: train, Rubik’s cube, juice box, box of crayons, robot, or for mom…a box of wine!

DIY Costume Resources: Raid your closets for spare clothes and materials, then hit up your local Goodwill or vintage store for extra pieces. Craft stores like Michael’s and Fabric Depot also carry just about everything you could possibly need to get your mini goblin ready for the holiday. Have a creative, fun and safe Halloween!

What’s your favorite DIY costume or costume store? Tell us in the comments section below.

— April Hasson