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Malabar Theatrical Costumes

Posted by Talia Hart / Posted on October 16, 2012

Malabar TorontoMalabar Theatrical Costumes is one of Toronto's leading costume stores, and has been around for about a century. Although the renowned establishment offers theatrical costumes year round, their Halloween display is worth seeing. As I make my way up the steps, I am sufficiently amused by their haunted house-like storefront, dressed with tombstones, skeletons, and blood drenched zombies. Adorned with all sorts of Halloween paraphernalia, the actual store is divided into two rooms, with one offering merchandise for sale, and the other offering items for rent. Both offer a generous variety of inventory.

Malabar TorontoAs I browse through the bustling shop (October being the hottest month, of course), a salesman asks me what I'm looking for: glamorous or gory? A no-brainer question for me, I head straight for the gory ensembles. Surely there's no age limit for buying fake blood and fangs. Malabar reassures me of this. With detailed wigs, accessories, and eclectic makeup, I don't quite know where to start.

Malabar TorontoThe character selection is also worth checking out. Although slightly out of my price range, the $180 deluxe Batman masks are tempting (and locally made). Other favourites include the Peewee Herman ($125) and Harry Potter ($68) costumes. In addition to their crème de le crème pieces, they also cater to those looking for more generic (and cheaper) products, with prices starting as low as $15. As I continue to browse, I sift through the categorized racks of costumes, varying from 'around the world' characters, to occupational wear, fantasy & storybook, horror, decades, and so on.

Malabar TorontoThe rental room offers a slightly different spin on costumes, with lavish head to toe ensembles such as medieval pieces, empire dresses, authentic 20's flappers, and detailed costumes from just about every decade. These costumes run a little higher.

Malabar TorontoWhile their yearly rental policy provides a 3-day rental period, Halloween is an exception season, allowing consumers to purchase their costumes any time in the season, so long as they have them returned by November 1st.

Malabar TorontoWhen they're not Halloween-ing, they also boast their year round costumes, but also their extensive selection of dancewear that's stocked with both clothing and shoes, such as tutus, ballet slippers and leotards.

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13 Comments

W4W Toronto / October 28, 2008 at 08:35 am
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But, oh so worth it!
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tamas / August 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm
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hi i am looking for invisible black light body paint for a party. do you carry anything like this or know someone in Toronto that does?
Pets Adoption >> Adopt a pet to ... / November 25, 2009 at 01:39 am
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yo do / October 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm
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do you have a ginger spice costume?
Stephanie / August 23, 2011 at 03:13 pm
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Im looking for a beetlejuice costume... one fromt the last scene where there is what seems to be a carosel on his head. do you have anything like that? or anything from the motion picture that may be similar?
tim / October 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm
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im looking for the best joker out fit u have not this one where the coat shirt & tie are one i want the whole out fit its own coat and such
Pranav / December 16, 2011 at 04:20 am
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Do you have Santa Ccostume in XL size
Captain Obvious / May 4, 2012 at 03:42 pm
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Hi everyone looking for costumes! I went to Malabar and can confirm the following: Malabar has it's own webpage. This is a review of the store. SRSLY.

claudia replying to a comment from W4W Toronto / October 15, 2012 at 09:08 pm
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how to i get there? osgood station and walk?is it far?
Adam replying to a comment from W4W Toronto / October 17, 2012 at 04:36 pm
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good read
Emma L. / October 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm
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This blog is awesome. So catchy and informative. I can assure you I will purchasing this years Halloween goods at Malabar, no doubt!!
Liz / February 14, 2013 at 02:53 pm
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I am looking for 1912 dress and suit, size 16-18. I am only 4'11.
Stephanie / October 15, 2013 at 03:10 pm
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What were the price ranges of the full ensemble costumes?

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