Before you party the night away on Halloween, first you need the perfect costume – the crazier, the better. After all, it’s the only time of the year when you’re expected to look as revolting and indecent as humanly possible. We scoped out the best costume shops in Los Angeles that are sure to have what you’re looking for.


6320 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 462-1010

14422 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818) 907-6716

Longing to complete your Flava Flav costume, but can’t find a big clock necklace? Search no more.

Besides an assortment of oddities, the two-story vintage establishment serves all your costume needs with an impressive wig collection, ’60s go-go dresses and even their very own handmade costumes.


5034 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

(323) 663-2231;

Dare to be different? Check out the mascot outfits and Vegas showgirl attire available for rent, which are surprisingly reasonably priced.


2921 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank

(818) 848-3644;

Open 365 days a year, this massive store proves there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the macabre all year round. It’s decked out like a haunted mansion, and they boast official Rob Zombie merchandise exclusive to the store.


12320 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles

(310) 398-5757

This costume/rental/beauty supply joint looks like it’s straight out of the 1950s and has been described as having an “odd” yet helpful staff, which should only add to its eccentric appeal. They stock many interesting costumes as well as a vast assortment of beauty supplies – notably the much-coveted Joe Blasco makeup products.


12320 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles

(310) 398-5757

Come here if a quotidian costume-in-a-package isn’t what you’re looking for and you’re willing to drop some serious cash. It’s been around for 95 years and has been the costume supplier for movies and television since the golden age of Hollywood. How awesome would it be if you got to wear something from West Side Story or Almost Famous?


4400 W, Riverside Drive, Burbank

(818) 846-0579

For gruesome stab wounds and realistic leeches crawling on your face, head here for the best in stage and special FX makeup. They offer a huge selection of easy to use supplies, and you can also get your face done by the professional makeup artists that work here.

The Burbank shop comes complete with a variety of costumes and a full-service salon.


7579 Melrose Ave., Hollywood (323) 655-6769

1253 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 583-9109

If you’re looking for something extra colorful and funky, this is the spot for you. The multiple locations of Aardvark’s provide offbeat and retro garb if you want to look crazy, instead of scary, for the holiday. The best part is the clothes are relatively cheap, but you have to be willing to look through numerous overflowing racks.


1090 Westwood Blvd., Westwood (310) 824-1688

8878 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood (310) 657-4221

Known mostly for random gag gifts, Aahs transforms into a costume mecca every September. It’s about the only place where you can pick up the “Sex and the City” trivia game along with your Freddy Kreuger mask.


4637 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

(323) 663-2867;

Top sellers at this vintage store include the soda jerk hat and nerd glasses. However, they get major cool points for carrying the Devo energy dome hat.