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Abracadabra calls itself “the world’s most unique store.” A tough claim to prove, sure, but this Flatiron shop, open year round, has certainly got to be in the top 10. Here you’ll find ready to wear costumes for the tiniest babe and the biggest adult, for purchase or rental. Got something one of a kind in mind? Have a chat with the friendly sales staff, who’ll take you among the aisles for all the products and accoutrements (including the store own line of makeup, AbraCosmetics) you’ll need to make your dream come true. And you can even sign up for an in store makeup tutorial to make sure you can re create the look on October 31.
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The awning outside of Frank Bee Costume Centersays it best: “First Place to Try for Anything.” This family run shop, stretching across several storefronts, has been around since 1957, but you need not worry about having to blow dust off of a Nixon mask in order to pick out a cool costume. Frank Bee stocks 10,000+ costumes for kids and adults year round. You’ll find all your favorites for purchase or rental, from Pikachu to Force Awakens’ Rey, to Batman aka the Dark Knight himself.
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Gothic Renaissance is your go to for all things both goth and related to the Renaissance, but punks and hard rockers will be right at home too. In other words, here’s where to head if you need a fitted corset, tulle skirt, leather cap, or velvet suit especially if you want any or all of those things in black. (The East Village store also stocks fetish gear and lingerie, if that’s what you’re into.) This “alternative fashion boutique proudly cater[s] to interesting people.” If that’s you, then don’t delay your new favorite costume, or everyday outfit,
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You’ll know fall is here when a Ricky’s Halloween pop up opens in your neighborhood. Affiliated with the local chain of beauty stores, Ricky’s Costume Superstore stocks everything you need to make your Halloween truly unforgettable. Order your child’s camel onesie, your dad’s bald wig, or your very own “rainbow fantasy cape” online, then head to the store nearest you for pickup. Don’t want to look like anyone else? Check out Ricky’s amazing selection of makeup, wigs, temporary tattoos, masks, flower crowns, and other transformative accessories.
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Screaming Mimi’s specializes in vintage clothing and costumes. Now located on the parlor floor of a grand brownstone near the meatpacking district, Screaming Mimi’s was, for many years, the epicenter of downtown cool in Noho, outfitting everyone from Cyndi Lauper (the store’s first employee) to Nicki Minaj to people heading off to Burning Man. The store stocks whatever you need, including handbags, sunglasses, hats, scarves, jewelry and, of course, clothes, to fashion yourself as a 1980s prom queen, a 1970s hipster, a 1920s dancer,
and so much more from so many other eras.