Top 10 Places to Shop for Halloween Costumes in Houston

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Search for the picture-perfect Halloween ensemble in Houston with our list of 10 favorite spots to shop for Halloween costumes. 

Whether you are going all out or just trying to find a simple and easy disguise for Halloween, count on these shops to have the ideal costume you’ve been looking for.

Top 10 Places to Shop for Halloween Costumes in Houston 

  • Arne’s Warehouse & Party Boy – Located almost across the street from one another on the cusp of The Heights near Studemont and I-10, these Houston staples are great for finding a no-fuss full costume in a bag. Party Boy, however, has an entire building dedicated to renting out larger than life costumes for those looking to take it up a notch this Halloween.
  • Southern ImportersThis Museum District shop located near San Jacinto and Wheeler is known for their theatrical costumes, masks, and professional makeup. If you are willing to get crafty and want to make your own original costume, they have everything from exquisite fabrics to rhinestones and feathers to make it all possible.
  • Value Village – If you are looking to build a costume on a budget, this thrift store chain is perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit without breaking the bank. With six locations around Houston, there is sure to be a Value Village near you with low prices that prove to be worth the extra time and effort it takes to find your look.
  • Flamingo Vintage If you’re looking for vintage treasures, cowboy gear, and accessories, this vintage store located in Montrose is the one for you. Because this store sells vintage by the pound, you can even go with a group to get the best deals.
  • Leopard Lounge – Located in the heart of Montrose, this shop has an excellent variety of vintage clothing. The store is organized by era so that you’re sure to have a smooth and painless shopping experience. If you don’t find the full outfit at Leopard Lounge, you can always just head over to Pavement, its modern sister store next door.
  • Buffalo Exchange The Buffalo Exchange chain in Montrose commonly known for selling trendy and lightly used secondhand clothing has a great selection of costumes, new and old, as well as plenty of vintage clothing and accessories.
  • Erotic Cabaret – If you are looking to keep it sexy this Halloween, this adults-only store in Montrose carries an extensive selection of costumes. Find anything from fabulous mermaid outfits to the latest superhero trends, plus extravagant makeup to top it all off. This shop specializes in all things spandex, glitter, and risqué fun.
  • Top Vintage Warehouse Even though this warehouse only opens it’s doors to the public on last Saturday of the month, it’s well worth the wait. The owners make sure you have a positive shopping experience complete with a DJ, cocktails, and sometimes even a food truck. You can find all types of different era clothing such as a ’60s twiggy dress, a ’70s jumpsuit, or even ’80s sequin gowns.
  • Retropolis Located on 19th Street in The Heights, this two-story shop carries clothing from different local vendors around Houston. Explore original and unique pieces from any period in time and pair it with something from their vast collection of hats and jewelry.
  • My Flaming Heart – This quirky shop in Mid-Main specializes in all things western and pinup. Shop their cowboy boots, bolo ties, and pearl snap shirts for a complete wild west look or check out their rockin’ pinup girl style dresses for a ’40s to ’50s getup.
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Zahira Gutierrez is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston fascinated by fashion. When she isn't recording or touring the country with her band, Wild Moccasins, she can be found sewing her own costumes and covering lifestyle events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.