Whether you like to wait right up until the big night, or you plan a couple weeks in advance, Halloween costume shopping can be daunting.
Luckily, we've compiled a handy list of some of the most awesome places to score a spooky, silly, terrifying, whimsical or just plain ridiculous costume in Vancouver.
Halloween Costume Shopping
The Party Bazaar
For over 40 years, this costume mecca has provided Metro Vancouverites with costumes galore. They have almost anything that you can fathom, as well as tons of decorations for your epic Halloween party. What's more, it is conveniently located near the skytrain, which makes it an extremely accessible shopping locale. Sadly, this amazing party palace is closing its doors for good after this year's festivities.
Wildlife Thrift Store
Feeling like a "zaney," original, and spectacularly retro-Halloween ensemble? Look no further! This funky thrift shop has all kinds of accessories and apparel to make your holiday garb pop. What's more, The Wildlife Thrift Store supports important local charities such as Coast Mental Health, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter,The Gathering Place, and Positive Living B.C.
For those looking to save money, yet still look fiercely awesome, Value Village offers an array of second hand wonders. Of course, it may take some digging, and you may not find exactly what you were dreaming of, but you might find something even better! In addition, it can be fun to visit the shop with pals, family, or even that special someone.
Costumes, costumes, and more costumes! This North Vancouver store is open year-round and offers an array of stylish Halloween apparel. Further, Boo La La offer thousands of costumes for rent, hundreds for sale, and a large assortment of accessories and wigs.
Are you DIY all the way? Look no further. This is the costume creator's haven, where all kinds of fabric, sequins, feathers, stones, and more come together in a smorgasbord of awesomeness. Best of all? Dressew is super cheap.
This Halloween store offers an array of awesome Halloween goodness in rows upon rows of costumes. An international supplier, Spirit Halloween carries a great deal of unique and fun offerings in Vancouver. TIP: present their online voucher at the store and receive a whopping 20 per cent off of the regular price.
"The best costume store in Vancouver" is a bold claim, but Merchant of Dream offers an impressive 5,000 costumes to make your dress-up dreams comes true. Masks, wigs, contact lenses, lingerie, eyelashes, makeup, and much more are offered in the expansive store. They've even brought halloween into the changing rooms: "You might find some blood on the curtain and may be a halloween gorilla laying on the ground. Don’t wake him up!"
Used House of Vintage
Vintage, custom, funky, fresh and all the good things come together to make your festive fantasies a reality. Check out Used House of Vintage on Robson Street downtown to find some unique treasures. In addition, Bang-On is right there, and they offer custom printing and T-shirts so that you and your squad can don matching apparel.
If you want to be a cowboy or cowgirl for Halloween, you should probably go to Mintage. The store is teeming with the cowboy boots, as well as hats, chaps, and bandanas to match. Alternatively, the Commercial Drive gem has tons of retro tees, old-school frocks, and other classic looks to give your Halloween look an original flair.