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12 Shops to Make This Year's Halloween Costume Your Best Ever

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Because it's the only time of year when turning off your front porch lights is 100% effective in warding off unwelcome visitors, Halloween is an occasion to be celebrated.

If a Halloween party is forcing you out from under that pile of KitKat wrappers, these 12 stores will make shopping for a costume as painless as possible, whether you're going the DIY route or opting for off-the-rack.


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D&J Costumes

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Open year-round, D&J Costumes house professional-quality costumes, like these horrifying bunny costumes straight from your nightmares.[Image credit: D&J Costumes]

The Attic

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Located on Manayunk's Main Street, The Attic is a resale shop that sells gently-used Halloween costumes for men and women, along with wigs and masks. [Image credit: The Attic/Facebook]

Pierre's Costumes, mascots and accessories

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At this Old City stalwart, costumes are a 365-day-a-year affair. The store is open all year to supply local theaters and movies with professional grade costumes, which you can rent for Halloween.[Image credit: Facebook/Pierre's Costumes]

Buffalo Exchange

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Stop into Buffalo Exchange to put together your own Halloween get-up or purchase a packaged costume on the cheap. [Image credit: Buffalo Exchange/Facebook]

I. Goldberg Army & Navy

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Creative types can head to the basement of I. Goldberg to put together a costume with an army/navy theme. Or go with a "Duck Dynasty" group ensemble. [Image credit: I Goldberg/Facebook]

Urban Outfitters

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UO's Halloween Shop stocks masks, costumes, make-up, and more.

American Apparel

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Build the shiny Lycra foundation of your costume here, and peep the Halloween lookbook for inspiration.[Image credit: American Apparel]

Philly AIDS Thrift

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Assemble your own wacky costume at this huge Queen Village thrift store, then complete the look by purchasing a creepy mask or wig on your way out. [Image credit: Facebook/Philly AIDS Thrift]

Erogenous Zone

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For a costume that'll make Mom clutch her pearls, shop Erogenous Zone for a barely-there get-up. Just remember: Facebook photos are forever.[Image credit: Facebook/Erogenous Zone]

Retrospect

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From wigs to funky sunglasses to complement your costume, you'll find it all at South Street vintage shop Retrospect. [Image credit: Facebook/Retrospect]

Halloween Adventure

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Roar! You can costume the whole family at South Philly's Halloween Adventure. [Image credit: Facebook/Halloween Adventure]
When all else fails, head to Target for men's, women's, and kid's costumes, and stock up on Halloween candy while you're at it. [Image credit: Target]

D&J Costumes

Open year-round, D&J Costumes house professional-quality costumes, like these horrifying bunny costumes straight from your nightmares.[Image credit: D&J Costumes]

The Attic

Located on Manayunk's Main Street, The Attic is a resale shop that sells gently-used Halloween costumes for men and women, along with wigs and masks. [Image credit: The Attic/Facebook]

Pierre's Costumes, mascots and accessories

At this Old City stalwart, costumes are a 365-day-a-year affair. The store is open all year to supply local theaters and movies with professional grade costumes, which you can rent for Halloween.[Image credit: Facebook/Pierre's Costumes]

Buffalo Exchange

Stop into Buffalo Exchange to put together your own Halloween get-up or purchase a packaged costume on the cheap. [Image credit: Buffalo Exchange/Facebook]

I. Goldberg Army & Navy

Creative types can head to the basement of I. Goldberg to put together a costume with an army/navy theme. Or go with a "Duck Dynasty" group ensemble. [Image credit: I Goldberg/Facebook]

Urban Outfitters

UO's Halloween Shop stocks masks, costumes, make-up, and more.

American Apparel

Build the shiny Lycra foundation of your costume here, and peep the Halloween lookbook for inspiration.[Image credit: American Apparel]

Philly AIDS Thrift

Assemble your own wacky costume at this huge Queen Village thrift store, then complete the look by purchasing a creepy mask or wig on your way out. [Image credit: Facebook/Philly AIDS Thrift]

Erogenous Zone

For a costume that'll make Mom clutch her pearls, shop Erogenous Zone for a barely-there get-up. Just remember: Facebook photos are forever.[Image credit: Facebook/Erogenous Zone]

Retrospect

From wigs to funky sunglasses to complement your costume, you'll find it all at South Street vintage shop Retrospect. [Image credit: Facebook/Retrospect]

Halloween Adventure

Roar! You can costume the whole family at South Philly's Halloween Adventure. [Image credit: Facebook/Halloween Adventure]

Target

When all else fails, head to Target for men's, women's, and kid's costumes, and stock up on Halloween candy while you're at it. [Image credit: Target]