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Best Stores for Halloween Costumes in Atlanta

Steampunk Poison Ivy at DragonCon in Atlanta 2010.
Steampunk Poison Ivy at DragonCon in Atlanta 2010.

Halloween in Atlanta is a time for having fun, dressing up and experiencing plenty of scary thrills (such as the Netherworld Haunted House, which is ranked the best haunted house in America).

As you begin to plan out your costume, or if you need a few more items-—say a hat or a wig-—to complete your look, stop by the shops listed below for inspiration and supplies.

Many of the stores in the following lists I’ve been to, but not all. I’m putting together my own costume right now. In my experience, good costumes require planning, creativity and trips to a variety of stores. Some people prefer to buy already-made costumes. Whatever your style, these stores are your best bet for Halloween in Atlanta.

Costume Stores in the Atlanta Metro Area

These stores fall into four categories: (1) costume and accessory stores, (2) Halloween-only pop up stores (3) novelty shops or (4) vintage and unique clothing shops.

Costume and Accessory Shops in the Atlanta Metro Area

Atlanta Costume Norcostco – Ansley Mall Northeast Atlanta
2089 Monroe Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30324 404-874-7511

Be careful getting in and out of the small parking lot of the Atlanta Costume building. Once you do, check out authentic costumes. On my trip, a hard-working woman with a great spirit helped me out. Several Yelpers report back that the workers can be bored and unhelpful. Ben Nye is an internationally-recognized brand of theatrical grade makeup they carry. Several other Norcostco stores exist in cities such as Dallas, Los Angeles and Denver.

Costumes Etc. – Buckhead
2138 Faulkner Rd Atlanta, GA 30324 404-728-4598

This place truly is the best Halloween and costume store in Atlanta. The workers are unique gems who possess auras of happiness and helpfulness. You’ll find plenty of costumes for rent and sale. They also have stage and professional grade accessories.

Barefoot Bubba’s Costume Shop – Conyers (about 30 min outside the city)
875 Flat Shoals Rd SE # 110 Conyers, GA 30094 770-785-9945

Have been designing costumes for over 25 years for theater shows, parties and events.

Vintage by Judith – Marietta
162 Roswell Street 770-424-6043

Old South, Roaring 20s, 1940s-70s , Victorian, Halloween costumes for couples.

A Costume Ball – Marietta
3101 Roswell Road – HWY 120 770-565-5558

You’ll find scary costumes, sexy costumes, pet costumes and child costumes. They also have a pretty extensive selection of accessories.

445 Plasamour Dr. #4 Atlanta, GA 30324 404-872-0577

Custom made costumes for dancers and designers.

Costume Universe, – Tucker, GA – 20 minutes north of Atlanta
4950 South Royal Atlanta Dr, Tucker, GA 30084 678-325-4320

Year-round costume store featuring disguises not only for Halloween, but for every major holiday and theatrical productions.

Halloween-Only Stores in the Atlanta Metro Area

Halloween Thrills – Atlantic Station, Roswell and Kennesaw

Here you’ll find costumes, wigs and Halloween make-up. You’ll even find pet costumes.

Spirit Halloween Superstores – Buckhead and Midtown
Buckhead Place 3232 Peachtree Rd. St 3232B, Atlanta 30305 404-816-2748
2133 Piedmont Rd. NE, Atlanta 30324 404-249-5044

Unlike Costumes Etc. and Atlanta Costume, this store is a seasonal one, and the people aren’t passionate about what they do. Still, you’ll be able to choose from an array of classic costumes and decorations for you, your pet and your house.

The best scary masks and scary costumes HERE!

Novelty Shops in the Atlanta Metro Area

Eddie’s Trick & Novelty Shop – Marietta
70 S Park Sq NE (770) 428-4314

This hobby shop has costumes and supplies for juggling and more. Many Renaissance Groupies find their garments here. Good for magic supplies as well.

Junkman’s Daughter – Little Five Points
464 Moreland Ave NE 770-428-4314

A wide range of things odd little kitschy things you won’ find in other places. A diverse store that is busy during the Halloween season. Recently named “Best Independent Stores in America.”

Richard’s Variety Store – Midtown and Buckhead
2347 Peachtree Rd
931 Monroe Dr (404) 879-9877

Novelties and quirky items. Stock costume accessories.

Vintage and Unique Clothing Stores in the Atlanta Metro

Stephen’s Vintage Clothing – Little Five Points
1160 Euclid Ave NE 404-688-4929

High-quality vintage clothing that is a little bit pricey. Fancy dresses, coats and the like. Carry clothing made in the 1900s through the 1970s.

Rag-O-Rama – Little Five Points
1111 Euclid Avenue NE 404-658-1988

Secondhand clothing store with wigs and costumes pieces year-round.

The Clothing Warehouse – Little Five Points
420 Moreland Ave NE 404-524-5070

This is a thrift store with vintage items. I’ve never had much luck with this place but many people like it. Some do complain about the quality of the older items, but they are true vintage pieces.

Psycho Sisters – Midtown, Buckhead and Sandy Springs
428 Moreland Avenue, 428 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA‎ – (404) 523-0100‎

A consignment boutique that accepts and sells 60s hippie, 70s disco, 80s rocker, 90s gothic and much more.

The Lucky Exchange – Old Fourth Ward
212 Ponce De Leon Ave NE 404-817-7715

A thrift store that will buy your clothes. They offer current clothing, but also vintage items which could be what your costumes calls for this year.

Atlanta Belly Dance – Little Five Points
1394 McLendon Ave NE

A store designed for belly dancers, but good for Egyptian costumes or others. They have harem pants, silk veils and props.

Texas Sari Sapne – Buckhead
1594 Woodcliff Drive NE Suite E 404-633-7274

Authentic Indian clothing.

Note: I’m not including Party City, but multiple locations of this store can be found around Atlanta.

Photo Credit: greyloch