October is here, which means it’s time to put some thought into that ever-important Halloween costume. It takes a little planning to complete the perfect costume so after you spend hours scouring the internet, movies, and even commercials for ideas, On Tap is here to help you put it together. We’ve compiled a list of the regular go-to costume stores as well as a few vintage shops that may have what you need for your costume. With all the Fright Night events to attend this October, you may even want more than one!
The Generic Costume-in-a-Bag
For something quick and simple, head to the bigger party stores in the area:
Costume Studio: 35 8th St. NE, DC;
Total Fright: 3222 M St. NW, DC;
Spirit Halloween Store: 5333 Wisconsin Ave NW, DC; 202-966-4139
Gene’s Costumes: 10636 Connecticut Ave. Kensington, MD; 301-949-4111.
Hollywood East Costumes: 493 South Stone St. Rockville, MD; 301-424-2687.
Best Costume and Party: 525-C East Market St. Leesburg, VA; 703-777-9309
Themes and Characters
If you’re into dressing to a theme, or maybe as a specific character, vintage shops may be more helpful to your search.
Junction: Vintage clothing from 1930’s to current. Jewelry, accessories, shoes, both glamorous and casual looks.
1510 U St NW, DC; 202-483-0261.
Dr. K’s Vintage: Jackets, plaids, golf pants, back to the 1930’s and a wall of cowboy boots!
1534 U St NW, DC; 202-506-1817.
It’s All Good: Casual and trendy vintage clothes year-round. For October they will have lots of Halloween-themed items: 70s funky retro, feather boas, crazy jewelry, masquerade masks, platform shoes, and fur!
5912 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA; 703-539-7283.
Amalgamated Classic Clothing: The name says it all, classic-styled clothing! 1904 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA; 703-517-7373.
Pretty People Vintage: Carries vintage from 1940’s-1980’s, women only. Some vintage and unique costume jewelry from the 40’s through the 80’s.
108 N. Patrick St. Alexandria, VA; 703-739-2522.
All the Accessories
A good costume comes with accessories, be it bulky jewels, silly wigs or crazy make-up!
Kay Wigs: 325 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, DC; 202-543-6677. www.kaywigs.com.
Legendary Beast: 1520 U St NW, DC; 202-797-1234
Ice Costume Jewelry: Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD; 301-545-0012
Liza Vela Antiques: 16650 Georgia Ave. Olney, MD; 301-570-0915