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.

Party City 
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.

Spirit Halloween
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.

Theatrics Plus 
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.

Woodbridge Costumes 
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

Canadian Tire 
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.

H&M 
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

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.

Kensington Market
Breathless Vintage
Courage My Love
Crazy Loco Vintage
Exile Vintage
Fashion Old & New
Space Vintage
Urban Catwalk

Queen Street West
Black Market
Flashback Vintage
Mama Loves You
Tribal Rhythm Vintage

Thrift Stores

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.

Common Sort
Double Take Thrift Store
Just Thrift
Little Ones Closet
Once Upon a Child
The Pegasus Shoppe
Salvation Army Thrift Store
St. John’s Thrift Store
Stretch Thrift
Thrift Thus
Value Village
Wildlife Thrift Store

Toy Stores

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.

Kol Kid
Little Peeps
Mastermind Toys
Playful Minds Toys
Toys ‘R’ Us Canada
Treasure Island Toys

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