10 places to get a costume in Vancouver

Dec 19 2017, 6:07 pm

Halloween is rapidly approaching, and if you haven’t started thinking of a great costume idea, you might be out of luck soon. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of all the top spots to get a costume in Vancouver.

Whether you want to be pretty, ghoulish, funny or some strange combination of the three, there’s something for everyone on this list. Here are 10 places to get a costume in Vancouver.

Value Village

Value Village is an iconic Halloween costume shop for many reasons. For starters, if you’re on a budget, there’s a vast selection of second hand costumes to choose from. And with a wide selection of secondhand clothes year-round, you can get creative moulding the perfect costume. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, there’s a big selection of brand new costumes to choose from.

Where: Various locations. Check the website for a store near you.

Party Bazaar

The Party Bazaar claims to be one of B.C.’s biggest party supply stores, and every Halloween, they go in for the kill with their costume selection. They launch the “Flying Witch Hangout” on their website every year, a Halloween-specific microsite selling costumes, accessories and decorations.

Where: 1296 Station Street, Vancouver

Spirit Halloween

Spirit Halloween is a chain that seems to pop up every year at various locations around town. It’s the quintessential place to get a costume, get it for a reasonable price, and get it quickly. Want to be a sexy-something-or-other? You should probably go there. Need cheap electronic witches and goblins to adorn your lawn and frighten trick-or-treaters? Yeah, Spirit Halloween is probably the place to get it.

Where: Various locations. Click here to find a store.

Merchant of Dream

Merchant of Dream is located on Granville Street and claims to have a selection of 5,000 costumes, accessories, wigs, eyelashes, makeup, and more. Though their website leaves something to be desired, it’s worth checking out the storefront between Robson and Smithe Streets.

Where: 856 Granville Street, Vancouver

Halloween Alley

This store has a huge selection of pre-fabricated, all-in-one costumes to make it easy (if not unimaginative) to buy a costume. If you’re a Last Minute Larry, this might be a good option for you.

Where: Various locations. Click here to find a store.


Dressew Supply on West Hastings is home to Vancouver’s largest selection of fabric, sewing notions and Halloween supplies. It has been the choice for many Vancouverites since 1961. If you’re looking for a large selection of costumes this Halloween, Dressew is a safe bet. Oddly, they don’t have a website, but they do have a nifty Twitter account.

Where: 337 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Boo La La

Boo La La was previously known as Carol’s Costume Corner and describes itself as the only professional costume store in Vancouver. The website says Boo La La is “a stylish alternative to American chain stores.” Boo La La is locally owned, open year-round, and staffed with industry experts: “People who live, work and breathe costumes.” You can either drop in or book an appointment with one of the staff.

Where: 152 East 2nd Street, 2nd Floor, North Vancouver

Just Imagine Costumes

Just Imagine Costumes in Kitsilano has been around for 27 years and has an imaginative selection of costumes for men, women and children. Where else are you going to find a bacon strip costume? Enough said.

Where: 3060 West Broadway Street, Vancouver

Burcu’s Angels

While not strictly a costume shop, it is an iconic Vancouver vintage store staple. If you’re looking to dress in something fun and retro this Halloween, and want the authentic experience, Burcu’s Angels has a wide array of vintage clothing from the 30s all the way up to the 80s. Whether it’s Mad Men you’re after or Wolves of Wall Street, there’s something for everyone in this little store.

Where: 221 16th Avenue East, Vancouver

More Madness Costumes

This costume shop in Burnaby is described by customers as being “packed to the rafters” with costumes and accessories. In fact, a Yelp reviewer said not to get intimidated by the sheer amount of stuff in the shop – find the lady who runs it, tell her what you’re looking for, and she’ll help you out.

Where: 5558 Lane Street, Burnaby