Best places to buy Halloween costumes

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Halloween is upon us and that means dressing up in spooky costumes! Your nearest specialist fancy dress shop can help you get the perfect costume for you to make an impressive entrance at your upcoming party.

Halloween is around the corner so head to your nearest store to pick up your kid's 'trick or treat' outfit.


While it may be in an obscure addition to Waterloo's industrial origins, the Costume Shop is well worth the drive. The original costume collection was acquired from the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust in 1989 and since then the store has been supplying authentic costumes to the Australian film, TV and theatre industryi,ii. Recently, their ever popular 'Top Gun' costumes were featured on radio station Nova 96.9's Fitzy and Wippa show and their shark costume appeared on ABC TV 's 'The Roast'iii. They stock many unique Halloween costumes, including outfits inspired by contemporary film and TV such as Sweeney Todd, Teen Wolf and the Great Gatsby spin-off, the Zombie Great Ghoulsbyiv.

For a short drive from the Sydney CBD, try Fancy That! costumes located in Crows Nest. Fancy That! provide both fabulous costumes, and a make-up and special effects service, so you can surprise your friends with a really spooky outfit at your Halloween partyii,v. Whether you want to take your time deciding on the perfect costume in store or need the speed and convenience of their delivery and return courier service, Fancy That! is a great option for selecting a last-minute Halloween outfitvi.


Unrelated to the Sydney store of the same name, the Costume Shop in Melbourne designs and hand makes most of their costumes on site. The Costume Shop is perfect for Halloween with one of the highlights being a terrifying, blood-stained, Corpse Bride wedding dress. Having been situated over two fully-stocked floors in a colonial building for more than 23 years, the Costume Shop's diverse range is bound to have the perfect Halloween outfit to suit your tastevii.

Rose Chong Costumiers throws out the rulebook when it comes to fancy dress shops. Unlike many stores, Rose Chong does not have any pre-assembled costumesvii. Their staff, who are sourced from art and design backgrounds, help customers build the very best Halloween outfit from the store's ten vibrant, well-stocked rooms of costumes and accessoriesvii. If you're not yet convinced, check out the famous Rose Chong costume cabaret at the Melbourne Fringe Festival from September 18 to 20 which showcases the best of cabaret and costume designs.


Located halfway between Perth and Fremantle, Party Town has one of the largest ranges of Halloween costumes for the whole family. Toddlers can even get in on the act with the Crazy Spider and Skeleton jumpsuit costumesviii,ix. If you want to go all out, try the great range of accessories including zombie hands, devil horns and tridents, alien ears. There is even a hatchet for your severed head: what a conversation starter!x.

Character Creations is easily accessible no matter where you live in Perth with three fantastic stores. First opened by costume designer Elisha Baartz in 2002 as a custom mascot design company, these shops now have stylish costumes sourced from New York as well as many in-store designed outfitsxi. Their Halloween collection includes some horror film favourites such as the puppet from the Saw franchise and Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacrexii.

If you're heading to a party, make a grand entrance with a terrifying costume, make-up and special effects.


Cracker Jack, originally a small shop selling accessories like masks and wigs, now has one of the largest stocks of costumes in the Brisbane regionxiii. For really dedicated people Cracker Jack offers long lasting make-up and special effects to ensure you stand out from the crowdxiii. They also have many Halloween-specific costumes if you really want to terrify your friends and family such as Jeeves the Butler with his head in his hands and Freddy Krueger of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' movie famexiv.

Brisbane Costume Hire is an experienced costume hire company, having been in business for over 25 yearsxv. Located near the city centre, this store caters for all types of Halloween events including private parties, corporate events, theme parties and special occasionsxv. Their staff specialise in creating the perfect outfit for you by altering the costumes to fit your size along with a wide variety of accessoriesxv.

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