Costume Catching: The Best Halloween Stores

The leaves are changing, the air is cooling, and your professors are piling on work. It must be October. As midterms quickly approach, so too does one of the year’s most entertaining nights: Halloween! While it may seem like you have all the time in the world to get a costume and dig out decorations, the holiday will be here before you know it.  We all know what it feels like when it’s the day before and you have nothing to wear. But nothing is worse than the feeling of getting to the costume store only to find nothing left except that pumpkin costume mocking you from the top shelf. This year say no to the pumpkin. Don’t freak out if your go-to spot is wiped out. Instead, here are five places to help you find that dream costume. Beat the crowds and head to one of these stores soon.

Halloween Scream- 485 Arsenal St., Watertown

Two miles from campus, Halloween Screen is only a quick cab ride or walk. Since it’s not right in Boston, you avoid the swarm of students hurrying to get first pick. The store sits inside the Arsenal Mall, so if you don’t find a costume there are plenty of other places to look.

Image via Facebook/Boston Costume

Image via Facebook/Boston Costume

Boston Costume- 200 Broadway, Cambridge

Hop on the red line to get to this Halloween superstore.  Open all year long and until midnight seven days a week, Boston Costume has an outfit for any occasion for the individual or couples and groups. As one of Boston’s larger stores, there’s sure to be an item that catches your eye. If you still aren’t satisfied, check out its sister store, the Garment District, located right upstairs from Boston Costume. A two-for-one special!

New Millennium Costumes- 151 Tremont St. (near Boston Commons)

Since opening its doors in 2011, New Millennium Costume has made a name for itself by offering hundreds of options to rent or buy. Even better, the store offers a ten percent student discount, so don’t forget your Eagle ID.

Image via Facebook/Party City

Image via Facebook/Party City


Party City- 356 Boylston Street

Heading downtown for the day? Check out Party City right on Boylston for even more great costume options. Not only does Party City have a large costume supply, but it also has awesome dorm decorations, party planning ideas, and more. Costumes start at $12.99, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank here.


Goodwill- 965 Commonwealth Ave, or 678 Centre St

For you creative minds out there, try heading to a Goodwill for some thrift shop inspiration. Goodwill has clothes from every decades to help turn any idea a reality. Grab a few bucks and check one out… you’ll be surprised what you can do with some granddad clothes.

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