Halloween Costumes at Boston’s Best Local Stores

Halloween is creeping up fast. The vampires, cowboys, and fairies come out on this spooky day to celebrate All Hallows’ Evening. Whether you go trick-or-treating with the kids, attend a costume party, or hand out candy, it is time to dig into your trunk or visit some stores for fun or spooky costumes.  Our pop culture provides great inspiration for dressing up. You can’t go wrong dressing like a minion in Despicable Me or Leonardo DiCaprio in the Great Gatsby. Alternatively, bring out your creative and clever side by creating 50 Shades of Grey, jelly bean, or one-night-stand costumes.

If you don’t have anything in your closet or trunk for this hobgoblin day, support local by visiting one of your neighborhood costume stores for some ideas. In Boston, we have a handful of wonderful costume shops. Here are a few spectacular stores that we love. Come November, you can search all these local stores on our app.

Dorothy’s Boutique
190 Mass Ave
Boston, MA 02115

M – F: 10 A.M. – 7 P.M.
Sun: 12 – 6 P.M.

Dorothy’s Boutique located near the South End and Back Bay has nearly every cartoon, TV show, or movie character that you can think of. If you want to be Captain Kirk from Star Trek, a beer bottle, or a sexy movie character, Dorothy has it all. The line does get long if you wait till the last moment. So stop by this weekend to find something sweet or macabre.





Great Eastern Trading Company
49 River St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-5279

M: 12 –7 P.M.
T: 12 – 7 P.M.
W: 12 – 7 P.M.
Th: 12 – 7 P.M.
Friday 12:00–7:00 pm
S: 12 – 7 P.M.
Su: 1 – 5 P.M.

This great costume store in Central Square is filled with a fantastic collection of colorful pieces for the fun-filled, creative individual.  You can be whatever you want at Great Eastern Trading Company. Pick out a dress, a wig, or a mask to create a Venetian masquerade princess. Dress up in the funkiest and colorful wig, tights, and wings for a modern and surreal fairy.








The Garment District
200 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-5230

Sat: 9 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Sun – F: 11 A.M. – 8 P.M.

This place has been around forever! It has the best selection of anything and everything. You will discover items to help you look like a rapper or a 1950’s pinup doll. One of the best things about The Garment District is that you can find everyday and vintage clothes at the right price. Trust me (or maybe not), my college day outfits came from here.









Party Favors
1356 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-3330

M – F: 9:30 A.M. – 7 P.M.
S: 9:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Sun: 12 – 5 P.M.

Party Favor Halloween Store
1333 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
Extended hours from October 15th through the 31st

M, T, W: 10- 7 P.M.
Th, F, S: 10- 8 P.M.
Sun: 12 – 6 P.M.

Craving cupcakes while looking for a costume? Party Favors has its bakery and gift shop on one side of Beacon, and the pop-up costume shop across the street. You can find a wide selection of ready-made costumes in packages for those who want something scary or fun without the fuss.








If you still don’t have an idea what you want to be after visiting these shops, here are our suggestions below for this phantabulous day.

Neal Caffrey from White Collar – An amazing fedora, skinny tie, and a fitted suit

Minions from Despicable Me – Overalls, yellow shirt and beanie, googles

Star Trek – V-neck color shirt with a black turtle neck or t-shirt underneath and slant your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil

The Hobbit – a cape, white button-down, vest, and flip flop

Gatsby from the The Great Gatsby – A tuxedo with slick hair

Daisy from the Great Gatsby – A flapper dress with a sparkly headband

A bag of jelly beans – Fill a clear trash bag with color balloons and tie it around your neck (Real Simple)

50 Shades of Grey – A plethora of grey paint chips from your local hardware store and tape them to your shirt (courtesy of Huffington Post)

One night stand – A cutout cardboard or wood table with your head through it and a sign that says one night stand (Pinterest)

Smartphone costume – Black or white shirt with a circular button and square screen image glued or taped

Oktoberfest costume – Beer stein Gretel costume

Happy Halloween!

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