It’s hard to believe it’s already October, which means Halloween is quickly approaching. Halloween is a day when you can dress up in fun costumes, eat candy, trick or treat, and prepare for the holiday season. It’s also a time to get creative with scary decorations to let out your creative side. Luckily, there are lots of North Jersey shops and thrift stores to buy Halloween costumes apart from Party City and Spirit Halloween — and we’ve rounded them up for all your Halloween shopping needs. Read on to learn about the best places to find costumes and accessories for Halloween in Essex County + beyond.
Central Fabrics Inc. I 586 Central Avenue, East Orange
If you are handy with a needle and thread – or a sewing machine – making your costume will guarantee you won’t run into someone wearing the same thing. This shop has fabrics ranging from wools to flannels to knits and satins. You can also pick up a pattern or take a sewing class to improve your skills. This is a great cost-effective way to use your imagination and put your crafting skills to the test.
Connie’s Vintage Trunk I 220 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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For anyone who was invited to a Great Gabsy-themed Halloween party or is feeling inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s: we have the shop for you. This shop has you covered with its collection of vintage clothing, hats, and outerwear for men and women. You can look at the stock before visiting by checking out the Etsy page. Just a heads up: this is one of the pricier options on the list, but you’ll definitely be getting quality looks by shopping here — and rewearing for future themed parties is always an option.
The Eclectic Chic Boutique I 547 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
You can find unique costumes for your kids while also supporting local artists at this neighborhood favorite. Inside, there is a selection of outfits and accessories, many one-of-a-kinds. If you want to do a family-themed group costume, you can purchase custom animal hoods that come in a range of sizes. You can take a look at the range of outfits and Halloween-inspired looks here.
Fun Ghoul I 155 Park Avenue, Rutherford
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You know this is the place to visit for Halloween — it’s right there in the name. This one-stop shop has everything you need to put together your Halloween outfit, including costumes, wigs, accessories, and more. Items are available for purchase and rental, or the staff will work with you to create a custom item. A professional makeup artist is on-sight to help you pull your look together.
Heidi Daus I 68 Forest Street, Montclair
If your Halloween celebration is a more sophisticated affair, you can pick up statement jewelry with a spooky feel. Its Halloween pieces include earrings, bracelets, and necklaces in the Spooky Soiree and Ravishing Raven collections. You can also purchase a Leggs McDaus Enamel Crystal Spider Pin to deck out in a spooky look.
Seasons by State Fair I 45 River Road, North Arlington
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This superstore has been family-owned and operated since 1988. This is a spot to go if you’re not looking for a DIY costume and want your Halloween costume ready to go. There are costumes for all ages, and they come in sizes ranging from infants to XXL. The shop stocks holiday-themed pieces year-round, so you can also dress up as Santa when Christmas comes around.
Stokedville I 332 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
If you’re going for an edgier look or you are drawn to off-beat pop culture, you can refine your style with accessories that can help you reflect your true self (or your alter ego for your costume) for Halloween. Among the unique items are a mask of Jason from Friday the 13h, teeth earrings, and lip glasses.