190 Mass. Ave., Boston
Dorothy’s provides Bostonians with their costume needs all year round, and Halloween time is no exception. While the store does stock standard costumes, its eminence lies in the accoutrements. Every nook and cranny of the store is packed with the outlandish wigs, sparkly shoes and unexpected trinkets that make an unforgettable All Saints’ Day outfit.
(The Garment District)
200 Broadway, Cambridge
Whether you’re looking for a prepackaged Superman suit or just pink sunglasses to finish up a self-made Elton John ensemble, Boston Costume should have it, and they’re open ‘til midnight through October. Skip the Garment District’s famously enormous dollar-a-pound used clothing pile when costume hunting, but do browse through the vintage section.
Party Favors Halloween Store
1048 Comm. Ave., Boston
This 16,000-square-foot megastore just opened down the street from Boston University. The clean and organized layout makes it easy to find costumes fast, but customers might want to hang around for the Halloween festivities. Decorate “creepy cupcakes” on Thursday nights, have your fortune told or watch hair-and-makeup demonstrations to prepare for the big day.
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Other good bets» Great Eastern Trading Company
49 River St., Cambridge
» Davis Square Goodwill
230 Elm St., Somerville
» The Costume Company
489 Mass. Ave., Arlington