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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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1. D&J Costumes

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7516 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136
(215) 335-4999
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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]

2. The Attic

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4335 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 482-0300
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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]

3. Pierre's Costumes, mascots and accessories

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211 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-7121
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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]

4. Buffalo Exchange

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1713 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 557-9850
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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]

5. I. Goldberg Army & Navy

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1300 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 925-9393
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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]

6. Urban Outfitters

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1627 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-3131
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UO's Halloween Shop stocks masks, costumes, make-up, and more.

7. American Apparel

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1611 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 568-1373
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Build the shiny Lycra foundation of your costume here, and peep the Halloween lookbook for inspiration.[Image credit: American Apparel]

8. Philly AIDS Thrift

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710 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-3186
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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]

9. Erogenous Zone

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525 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-3869
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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]

10. Retrospect

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508 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 671-0116
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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]

11. Halloween Adventure

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1100 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 952-0980
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Roar! You can costume the whole family at South Philly's Halloween Adventure. [Image credit: Facebook/Halloween Adventure]

12. Target

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1 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 463-7311
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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]

1. D&J Costumes

7516 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136
Open year-round, D&J Costumes house professional-quality costumes, like these horrifying bunny costumes straight from your nightmares.[Image credit: D&J Costumes]
7516 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136

2. The Attic

4335 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
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]
4335 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

3. Pierre's Costumes, mascots and accessories

211 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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]
211 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. Buffalo Exchange

1713 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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]
1713 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. I. Goldberg Army & Navy

1300 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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]
1300 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Urban Outfitters

1627 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
UO's Halloween Shop stocks masks, costumes, make-up, and more.
1627 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. American Apparel

1611 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Build the shiny Lycra foundation of your costume here, and peep the Halloween lookbook for inspiration.[Image credit: American Apparel]
1611 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Philly AIDS Thrift

710 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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]
710 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

9. Erogenous Zone

525 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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]
525 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. Retrospect

508 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
From wigs to funky sunglasses to complement your costume, you'll find it all at South Street vintage shop Retrospect. [Image credit: Facebook/Retrospect]
508 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

11. Halloween Adventure

1100 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Roar! You can costume the whole family at South Philly's Halloween Adventure. [Image credit: Facebook/Halloween Adventure]
1100 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19147

12. Target

1 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
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]
1 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19148