The neatly decorated store will spook you out with a coffin at the entrance, a deli fixture filled with fake body parts and an array of accessories and costumes that have the potential to scare even the most hardcore shoppers. You can also find props such as old typewriters, antique telephones, weapons, boom boxes, etc. to decorate your pad for a spine-chilling shindig.
Popular this year: Owner Robert Pinzon predicts that we’ll see a fair share of Na’vi as well as pop stars wearing platform boots, a blond coif, and possibly dresses made of meat.
Price range: Around $60
If you go: 19 West 21st St., 212-627-5723
You can spend hours looking through this treasure trove of a store filled with masks, feathers, hats, makeup, rentals and accessories galore. The charismatic owner, Tony Blanchi — he’ll be the one wearing the feathered cowboy hat — believes the costume industry is “often motivated by sex scandals and the movies.”
Popular this year: Lady Gaga, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Avatar.”
Price range: Around $40
If you go: 104 Fourth Ave., 212-673-4546
This shop offers custom-made costumes along with standard rentals such as Cleopatra and Scarlett O’Hara that can be altered if needed. If you are looking to dress up with your significant other, you can choose from their “couples list,” which includes famous duos such as Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI.
Popular this year: The Renaissance and Baroque era.
Price range: From $50 to $350 for a rental.
If you go: 242 West 36 St., 8th floor, 212-654-5552
This widespread chain has basic pre-fabricated costumes that are perfect for a last-minute run. Price range: $45
Popular this year: Jersey Shore and Lady Gaga;