It’s that spooky and frightening time of year again, Halloween. Some may have their grandiose costume idea already in mind, or better yet, have the construction of it underway. Others may be thinking that Halloween is still a week away and they have plenty of time to create the costume of the year. Well, for those who are in need of ideas, a costume or even the finishing accessories to top off the outfit, here’s a guide of L.A.’s stores to tend to your Halloween needs.


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

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

When Halloween time rolls around, Aahs steps up its game. The store is amped to a new level of orange and black extravaganza during this time of year. You can expect to find ample costumes that will satisfy your needs along with random gag gifts that will ensure a noteworthy weekend.

Cinema Secrets

4400 Riverside Drive, Burbank (818)-846-0579

1000 Universal Center Drive, Universal CityWalk (818) 980-1855;

Cinema Secrets is hands-down the store to go to for special effects make-up and props during your Halloween conquest. Score body parts, weapons, tombstones and blood – who knew there was more than one type of fake blood? Costumes are also available that range from Alice in Wonderland to Venus, the Goddess of Love.

Halloween Town

2921 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank (818) 848-3644;

There’s no way you can’t find the costume vision you were concocting in your head at this themed store. Men’s costumes, women’s costumes, sexy costumes, pet costumes, shoes, gloves, jewelry, wigs, masks, purses, make-up, prosthetics, props, special effects … need I say more? Make this Halloween shopping event an amazing experience rather than a chore.

Hollywood Toys & Costumes

6600 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (800) 554-3444;

Hollywood Toys & Costumes is your one-stop shop to everything Halloween. With a vast array of wigs, costumes, props and make-up, it’s the place to go! They have it all – from classic Halloween costumes and items from the 1920s through the 1980s to Disney and superhero outfits. For the ladies, the opportunity to “dress less” with costumes is readily available. Did I mention that there is a 10 percent off coupon on the Web site?

L.A Fashion District

Downtown Los Angeles;

If you’re creative and talented, hit up the Fashion District and make your own costume. Browsing around will take longer than just buying a costume, but the benefits will be worth it. There are wholesale stores, which make the cost of your costume drop tremendously. Bargaining in this area is encouraged, and fun. With the L.A Fashion District, you’re bound to have a one-of-a-kind costume that people will be envious of and you can take all the glory for yourself.

Western Costume Company

11041 Vanowen St., North Hollywood (818) 760-0900;

If you have a little extra money to spend and want a special costume – it might have been worn in one of your favorite movies or TV shows – visit or call Western Costume Company. They’ve been providing costumes in Hollywood for the past 95 years. Rent a once in a lifetime costume this year.