Inexpensive Halloween costume stores

Some costumes that are displayed in the Costume House.
Some of the more popular costumes at The Costume House are period costumes. Photo credit: Priscilla Diaz

Halloween is fast approaching, and there’s no time to waste getting your costume ready.

This is a time to express your creativity and, with so many costume-enforced events, there’s no time to waste to look your best. Instead of opting for the general costume and party stores, consider checking out local costume stores in the valley for a personal costume without spending too much money.

1) Phantom Halloween

Location: 8443 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Phone: 818-772-9356

Deals: Buy any one item, get another for half off; 15% discount with student ID.

This costume store is open year-round, seven days a week and has thousands of options available at a low cost, with additional seasonal discounts. All costumes are priced between $20 to $70, and come assembled or available to mix and match.

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Etoile Costume and Party Center's tailor area. Photo credit: Priscilla Diaz

2) Etoile Costume & Party Center

Location: 18849 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Hours may vary)

Phone: 818-343-3701

Deals: Online seasonal discounts, discounts for student projects.

Visit Etoile’s for high quality rentals or for purchasing costumes customized to your preference. Open year round, Etoile’s carries a diverse range of costumes ready for any holiday and occasion.

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Some of the more popular costumes at Etoile Costume and Party Center tend to be pirates and withces as well as rococo style dresses. Photo credit: Priscilla Diaz

3) The Costume House

Location: 7324 Greenbush Ave., North Hollywood

Hours of Operation: (Seasonal) Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Phone: 818-508-9933

Deals: 10% online rental discount, seasonal sales, 20% discount on student projects.

Under its year-round operation, The Costume House has over 60,000 high quality, professionally made costumes for all shapes, sizes and ages. The costumes are available for rental for any occasion and once reserved, are removed from stock and put away until your scheduled rental pick up. Every rental is fitted to individual comfort and has a seven day return policy.

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According to The Costume House owner gladiator suits are really popular with the guys saying how movies like 300 have made it acceptable for men to wear skirts in public. Photo credit: Priscilla Diaz

4) Spirit Halloween and Halloween City

Spirit Halloween

Location: 18425 Nordhoff St., Northridge

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Contact: 818-307-3793

Halloween City

Location: 19315 Saticoy St. Unit C and E, Reseda

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Contact: 302-513-0851

These stores are corporate-owned and have multiple locations. They provide a large variety of prepackaged costumes and, although the quality might not be the best, the costumes are an affordable option for a one-time wear.

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The Costume House has a great variety of costumes to choose from with a designated Halloween area for creative help. Photo credit: Priscilla Diaz

5) Goodwill

Location: 10170 Reseda blvd., Northridge

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Contact: (818) 773–8712

Thrift stores are a reliable place to look for a Halloween costume without having to spend too much money, but they don’t necessarily offer the same diversity as a costume store. Check out a costume store beforehand to see examples of putting different items together to make a costume.