The Best Halloween Costume Stores in Toronto
The best halloween costume stores in Toronto have a gaping, infected wound or intensely constricting corset (depending on your costume preference) waiting for you when you walk in the door. And yes, those are good things (around Halloween, at least). These stores boast ideas as much as costume options, and usually come with staff that are eager to help you craft your Halloween vision. As well as costumes right off the rack, a good number of these shops also design custom get-ups to suit your Halloween needs (though the final bill is usually far from a treat).
Here are the best Halloween costume stores in Toronto.
Amazing Party Store has an astounding (amazing?) collection of everything Halloween and more. The Etobicoke shop has costumes for both kids and adults ranging in scope from giant bananas, to sexy nurses (of course), zombie high priests, and the red Power Ranger. The store also excels in terms of costume accessories, with fake blood sold by the gallon and plenty of prosthetic bullet wounds. More »
Malabar is practically a museum, nevermind a great place to pick up (though more likely, rent) a Halloween costume. An often-tapped resource for theatre types in Toronto, Malabar has a spectacular selection of period dress (including amazing Elizabethan gowns), with a killer rabbit and purple dinosaur getup thrown in for good measure. Just be prepared to fork over a little dough. More »
Theatrix Costume House has over 50,000 costumes, wigs, and accessories to choose from, which means you might have a bad time if you walk in with no clue as to what you want. On the other hand, if you have an overly specific idea of your Halloween vision, Theatrix will actually custom create it for you. There’s everything from superheroes to anime character costumes in store, many of which are also available to rent. More »
On Yonge between Bloor and Wellesley, Reflections is a superb source for throwback outfits. Though the shop sometimes also stocks pre-packaged costumes, the real finds here include authentic furs, new and vintage corsets, flapper and showgirl dresses, and tons of vintage leather. Family owned and operated, staff are usually keen to help customers find pieces to complete their Halloween looks. More »
To buy or rent, Candy’s got your Chewbacca and Wilma Flintstone needs covered. The Mount Pleasant shop has a good selection of options in-store and an even bigger array online, with costumes as intricate as a Renaissance queen gown to the smallest details of a stick-on goatee. Candy’s has ample Halloween props too, including the obligatory witch’s broom, and jumbo plastic rats for your roommate's pillow. More »
Just north of Steeles, Hollywood Costumes is another one of those shops with almost too many options to choose from. Here you’ll find Halloween options both to rent and buy, from historical reproductions to pop culture favourites, along with your classic Spiderman skins. A good resource for makeup and masks too. More »
At Mount Pleasant and Davisville, Kids Costumes distinguishes itself from the lot by crafting its own costumes for kids. These Red Robin Hood and cow costumes have a charming “homemade” look, though they have none of the uneven seams or fabric patchwork of costumes that are actually made at home. This shop caters to kids from toddler-age to around 14 years old. More »
Perhaps the most economical option on this list. If you’re down with the hunt (and prepared to do a wash or two when you get home), Value Village can be a great resource for a last-minute find. While most Value Village shops will have a small assortment of bagged, ready-to-go costumes, you’re much better off rifling through the racks and drawing inspiration from a pair of neon stretch pants or a 2007 Rankin Family Reunion hoodie. More »
If you can afford it, Joy Theatricals does amazing things with a measuring tape and custom costume order. But for those who want to save their cash for the actual zombie apocalypse (and not just one night of posers roaming about), Joy also has a range of costumes to rent or buy starting at $65. Marilyn Monroe, Peter Pan, and Superman are just a few of the venerable figures at Joy waiting to be adopted for Hallows’ Eve. More »