Where to Buy Halloween Costumes in Seattle

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Whether you’ve planned out your Halloween costume months in advance or need something quick for your company’s last-minute office party, these five Seattle stores will give you something to scream about.

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Champion Party Supply (Interbay)

1461 Elliott Ave W, Seattle

📞 (206) 284 1980

You can count on over 80 years of quality from Champion Party Supply, founded downtown in 1936 and moved neighborhoods several times before landing in Interbay in 2015. Considered the second oldest party store in the entire United States, it’s the #1 spot in Seattle for your year-round needs for whatever weird shindig you’re throwing. (The weirder, the better! In fact, invite me to your weird shindigs! I’ll hang out in the corner and play with your cat.) But now that it’s time for grim grinning ghosts to come out and socialize, Champion can truly be the champion of your Halloween, with a granular approach to sections that rivals Scarecrow Video’s famed and deeply nerdy categorizations. As you journey through the store and dress yourself as the weirdest thing you can think of, remember this: You’re not just buying a costume; you’re a part of Seattle history.

〰️ Monday, October 6th – Thursday, October 19th: 10 am – 8 pm
〰️ Sunday, October 15th: 11 am – 8 pm
〰️ Friday, October 20th – Tuesday, October 24th: 10 am – 9 pm
〰️ Wednesday, October 25th – Friday, October 27th: 10 am – 10 pm
〰️ Saturday, October 28th: 10 am – 9 pm
〰️ Sunday, October 29th: 11 am – 7 pm
〰️ Monday, October 30th & Tuesday, October 31st: 10 am – 7 pm

Red Light Vintage (University District)

4560 University Way NE, Seattle

📞 (206) 545-4044
🕰 Click here for Halloween 2023 shopping hours

If you’re looking for something thriftier and a little less prepackaged, put on your designer cap (it’s a well-designed cap!) and play mix-and-match at what’s likely Seattle’s biggest vintage clothing shop, founded in 1996. While Halloween costumes are for sale, it’s also fun to sift through their decades of wares to find just the right thing for your personality. This store is so popular during the spooky month that they hold off on buying anything during the back-half of October. Whether you’re a new UW student trying to figure out Seattle’s specific way of celebrating the season or a longtime North Ender, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll be able to put together with just a little imagination, the encouragement of your friends, and the salient advice of the store’s expert employees. Prepare to spend hours here, and then you’ll end up being the coolest, hippest person to enter your costume contest. (Halloween is about hipness, right?)

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Pretty Parlor (Capitol Hill)

119 Summit Ave E, Seattle

📞 (206) 405-2883
🕰 Open daily from 12 – 6 pm

If your Halloween parties tend to be more on the retro glam side, go nuts at this award-winning boutique shop on Capitol Hill. Created in 2001 by onetime Nordstrom art director Anna Banana, this delightfully well-curated shop acts as a time machine to the greatest fashions of the 20th century. This is where you head if you’re in the market for the kitschy and the femme, where you want to look like the Golden Age of Hollywood, where the name of the game is “jumpsuits!” (You have to yell “jumpsuits!”) They have a vintage aesthetic so good it’ll become a permanent fixture in your life; show up to a wedding in Pretty Parlor duds and you’re automatically in all the photos. Plus, you can find dynamite new fashion from indie designers (like Trashy Diva and J. Von Stratton) and the shop’s own label both in-person and online, so you’ll be supporting good work while dressing to the nines.

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Archie McPhee (Wallingford)

1300 N 45th St, Seattle

📞 (206) 297-0240
🕰 Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm
🕰 Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

You’ll need accessories for the cool costume you bought/put together/sewed from scratch. Why not Wallingford’s famous whackadoodle novelty store at the corner of N 45th Street and Stone Way North. “We Make Weird,” the company boasts, with nearly 40 years of nationwide fame to back it up. Yes, this is the place with the rubber chickens and horse heads and the punching nuns and the Sigmund Freud action figures and the electronic yodeling pickles, and there’s just so much more glorious nonsense that even a quick visit will have you thinking, “I do need an inflatable turkey for my day-to-day life.” I’d call this the best store for party favors that’ll make your guests go, “What the heck?” Me? I’m going to buy the Emergency Goat Sounds device and scare my neighborhood trick-or-treaters with the sounds of nature at its most chaotic. Watch out, Lake City.

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Spirit Halloween (Various locations)

📍 University District: 4501 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
📞 (855) 704-2669
🕰 Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
🕰 Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm

📍 Westwood Village: 2600 SW Barton St, Seattle
📞 (855) 704-2669
🕰 Monday – Friday: 10 am – 10 pm
🕰 Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm
🕰 Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm

➕ More locations here

It’s the big franchise so notorious for taking over empty storefronts that it’s a meme in its own right. If we’re being honest, they’re a cliché for a reason: Go a few miles in any direction in the lead-up to All Hallows’ Eve and you’re bound to find a Spirit store stuffed to the gills with an insane variety of items for all ages. Heck, I was just coming back from a movie, swung by Spirit, and came out with a Billy the Puppet mask, two Nickelodeon-type baseball caps, a cat skeleton, and a little battery-powered goblin that goes, “EEEEEheeeheeeheee!” In short, don’t hate the player; hate the game. If you’re still on the fence about Spirit, at every point of purchase you can help support their charity, Spirit of Children, which provides salaries for Child Life specialists and fellows at local children’s hospitals and also helps them throw Halloween parties to make “hospitals less scary for children and their families.” Charitable spookiness.

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Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based playwright and film programmer. He once raised money for a synagogue by marathoning 15 Adam Sandler movies in one weekend. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @marcus_gorman.

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