Countdown to Costume Time: Where to Buy Your Halloween Costume

With Halloween quickly approaching, the last-minute scramble for the perfect Halloween costume has begun. Some people are crafty and creative enough to make their own costume, but for those who’d rather not take on that ambitious project, there are a lot of options to visit in the search for the perfect Halloween costume.

There are some local stores in Waltham that might have your future Halloween ensemble. There is now a new strip mall on Main Street complete with a Party City (and a Chipotle!). Party City boasts a wide selection of costumes and costume accessories. Premade costumes tend to be expensive with some running up to $130 for super deluxe costumes, but you don’t need to spend that much money to find a costume here. If you don’t want to drop $40 or $50 on finding a Halloween costume for one night, Party City has a sale and clearance section with costumes as low as $13. If this still isn’t for you, you can look through the Party City accessories to find a way to add a little extra spark to your costume and find your Halloween outfit elsewhere.


            If Party City’s high costs aren’t for your college budget, then head over to Moody Street. Global Thrift, a local thrift shop, might have your costume hidden somewhere in its inventory. The plus about Global Thrift is that whatever clothes you find will probably be cheaper than Halloween clothes at a big party supplies store. The drawback is that Global Thrift is a big store and you might have to devote a bit of time to find what you’re looking for, but the satisfaction of thrifting comes from finding the perfect piece at a low price.

            Another thrift shop option, albeit a little farther away, is The Garment District. The Garment District actually operates as a giant costume store during the month of October. There are tons of costumes to choose from, including costume accessories like wigs, jewelry, shoes, and more. If you’re looking to dress like a blast from the past, The Garment District is perfect for you. They expand their selection of Decades and used Costumes during October. Boston Costume, Boston’s biggest costume store, is also located at the first floor of The Garment District, making your Halloween shopping experience a one-stop expedition.


            There’s also of course the conventional shopping location: the mall! Natick Collection is New England’s largest mall and is conveniently located less than half an hour away if you have a car. If you’re thinking of making your own costume, Natick is a good place to look for knickknacks to make up your costume. Across from Natick Mall is an Itzaparty, another party supplies store.

            Finally, if you’re into having unique costumes, try searching online for costumes and costume accessories. is an online store in which different users sell goods. There’s a whole Halloween section on the website for you to browse. Most items are handmade by different shop owners. If you don’t mind spending some extra money, you can guarantee that you’ll find a one-of-a-kind Halloween costume on Etsy.

Here’s to happy shopping!