is the obvious starting point for ideas and a good place to finish up
you've run out of options when you're trying to bring things to
Since these are specialty stores, they have everything, although the
is going to be somewhat higher than what you're used to paying if
a DIYer. And if you are the type to make your own costume, you're
probably going to be particular anyway and not want to go with
costumes. However, if you're into more advanced things like
make-up, then this is where you're going to get your best accessories.
shop(s) in your neighborhood don't do it for you, then you can always
to costume retailers on the web. You can certainly browse those
than physical stores, and you may find more interesting selections,
on where you end up. See my link page
for some of the more interesting ones I've happened across.
Goodwill and the Salvation Army usually have basic clothes for cheap,
these are often a good starting point. However, they are also
with unwanted articles and entire outfits that are just so weird they
never worn, and that makes them almost costumes unto themselves already.
the right fabric or other material is enough to get the ball rolling
it comes to ideas. Additionally, there are loads of patterns for
costumes or other outfits that can be adapted. Near Halloween,
major pattern companies (e.g., Simplicity, etc.) put out catalogs
entirely with the latest choices, many of which are based off the
(i.e., movie) characters of the moment. For example, Dani and her
mom made my Neo Reloaded costume
one of these.
you know what you're looking for (or if you have the right combination
of persistence and dumb luck), you really can't beat the world's
garage sale. It's like a giant thrift store itself and is
a great source for used and/or unusual items as well as a retailer with
all the latest props, etc. Actually, this was where the
came from for the aforementioned Matrix costumes came from.
of a locally-targeted marketplace is that things are within driving
and the price is usually cheap. Often you can find a "lot" of
for sale, for example, if someone is moving and wants to unload
they've got all at once: decorations, costumes, etc.
a great source for cheap props like guns and swords and even hats,
if you are looking more for kitsch value than authentic costuming.
Hot Topic. Yeah,
but it's a good resource for kids who dress like it's Halloween the
364 days a year, so why not hit it any other time? Where else are
you going to find studded dog collars and fishnet stockings under the
roof? Oh, yeah. Any Saturday at midnight wherever
Horror is playing.
Army surplus. This
obvious choice if you're doing a military-themed costume, but these
are a good starting point for material for almost anything involving
materials may be just what you need to get you thinking outside the
Unless you're dressing up as the Tin Man, you probably aren't thinking
about sheet metal for your costume, but you can often find inspiration
in raw materials like that or plumbing parts or duct work or... well,
get the picture.
like Radio Shack offer basic components such as switches, battery
LEDs, etc. that can really dress up your costume. If you have an
aptitude in electronics, odds are you're going to end up here already,
but if you have an idea in mind that's just out of reach, Halloween may
be just the excuse you need to learn some new tricks (and
Everyone knows Tron Guy, right?