If you’re new to Austin, get ready to experience Halloween like never before. Austinites take October 31st seriously and there are tons of events to go to. If you’re having trouble deciding what costume to wear, or what costume is where, we’ve got the scoop on the best costume shops in Austin.
Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds
Lucy in Disguise is a costume and vintage shop located on South Congress. It’s open year-round and is arguably the most popular costume shop in Austin. The store offers 8,000 square feet of costumes, wigs, hosiery, jewelry, weapons, masks, gloves, make-up and more. The selection is phenomenal and the quality and detail of the clothing is superior. Most items can be rented or purchased and can carry a hefty price tag. The biggest drawback of Lucy’s is that it can get extremely crowded.
Costume World has five locations across the country and the northern Austin store is off of Burnet Rd. The shop is open year-round and supplies the theatrical community. When it comes to quality costumes, this store excels. The selection isn’t as extensive as Lucy’s, but there are more one-of-a-kind and unique items. Costume World is a great choice for historically accurate costumes, accessories and props. You can buy or rent items, but many don’t have prices listed. The owner is not open to negotiation.
The Bazaar has locations in Austin and Wimberely and the local store is on East Riverside. The store is open year-round and caters primarily to women even though they have men’s costumes. The shop specializes in designer clothing, intimate apparel, prestige wigs and theatrical makeup. When it comes to costumes, the range isn’t as wide as Costume World or Lucy’s, but the quality is the same. Items are available for purchase and the prices are affordable.
Halloween Express is a seasonal retail shop with locations nationwide. The northern Austin store is located at the Arboretum. The temporary shop offers a decent selection of adult and kids costumes and some accessories. The quality isn’t as good as the local shops, but the prices are lower. If you prefer all-in-one costume packages or need some ideas, Halloween Express is a good option.
Party City is a nationwide party supply shop with two locations in northern Austin. The store is open year-round, but the Halloween section is seasonal. The costume selection is small and the quality is similar to Halloween Express. The best aspect of the store is the easy access. If you need a basic last minute item, you can run in and out quickly.
Austin has dozens of thrift shops if you’re looking for a vintage costume. Thrift stores offer authentic pieces at low prices if you’re willing to do some hunting. Thrift Town is one of the cleanest and most organized local thrift shops. The Lake Austin Goodwill often has a large vintage selection in stock. Goodwill also sells a few inexpensive prepackaged costumes similar to Party City.
What Halloween costume are you wearing this year?