If you haven’t yet thought of a costume for Halloween, for your kids or yourself, it’s time to get busy! There are stores dedicated to the seasonal rush of finding the perfect silly inspirational get-up, but you can also do-it-yourself at the numerous vintage and thrift stores around town. Plus, some toy stores carry dress-up items, particularly around this time of year. So, creep around our list of Where to Buy Halloween Costumes in Toronto…
Costume Stores & Rental Services
Candy’s Costume Shop
Where: 685 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto
This hidden gem in Midtown is open year-round, filled to the brim with high-quality costumes, wigs, special effects makeup, accessories and more.
It’s My Party
Where: 2208 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
In the East End, this is the place to go for costumes, party supplies such as loot bag items and balloons, and seasonal items, on two levels.
Where: Various locations throughout the GTA
This well-known chain gets hopping in the weeks leading up to Halloween but, as the name suggests, they do brisk business with party supplies throughout the year.
Where: Locations vary
Around these parts, this chain has an effective business model of setting up shop just for the Halloween season in empty stores, so each year you’ll find their pop culture-centric costumes in different locations. Check out their find a store section to find the location nearest you.
Where: 332 Yonge Street, Toronto
Recently moved to the Yonge-Dundas Square neighbourhood, this downtown shop is filled to the brim with costume ideas and spooky decor. Due to their central location, it also carries supplies to celebrate Pride Month!
Thunder Thighs Costumes
Where: 16 Busy Street
Tucked away on a side street above Queen East in Leslieville, this costume house supplies the area’s nearby film & TV studios and you too can get dressed up in one of their beautiful costumes as a rental. Particularly during the Halloween season, it’s a good idea to call or email ahead for an appointment.
Where: 111 Regina Road, Unit 7, Woodbridge
North of Toronto in Woodbridge, you’ll find everything you need for a fun Halloween experience, including costumes sales and rentals, dancewear, makeup and even mascot costumes!
Clothes & Department Stores
Having recently hooked up with Party City, Canadian Tire now has even more seasonal items to go with their already wide range of home decorations.
When your little fashionista needs something a little more stylish than the standard costume, H&M makes sure they’ll want to keep wearing it all through the year.
Pottery Barn Kids
PB Kids’ outfits are so well made that they are perfect for hand-me-downs, and their cozy onesies help keep the tiniest partiers warm through the chilly Halloween evening.
Vintage stores are just what your teenaged trick-or-treaters need for dressing up as characters from “Stranger Things”! The two best downtown areas to scour for goodies is Kensington Market and Queen Street West.
Not only can you find clothing items at thrift shops to DIY your costume, but they often sell ready-to-wear costumes and wigs. As a bonus, many stores work with and/or donate to charities so you can feel even better about your purchase.
Double Take Thrift Store
Little Ones Closet
Once Upon a Child
The Pegasus Shoppe
Salvation Army Thrift Store
St. John’s Thrift Store
Wildlife Thrift Store
Many toy stores around town carry pretend-play items, especially leading up to Halloween. Here you can pick up a cute animal onesie or a superhero cape for your little ones.
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