The Top 10 Costume Shops in Los Angeles

Vintage costumes, scary makeup, crazy wigs and more!

Western Costume Company


Los Angeles loves Halloween. If you visit L.A. in October, expect your trip to overflow with haunted houses, horror movie nights and costume parties. If you're here anytime over the Halloween weekend, you will need a costume. Didn't pack anything spooky? That's okay. Just as there's no shortage of Halloween parties in L.A., there's no lack of costumes. From the costume shops that clothe Hollywood to thrift stores, there's a bounty of holiday wear for all budgets.

Photo: Adele's of Hollywood

Adele's of Hollywood



Adele's of Hollywood is a bit of a hidden gem - it's tucked behind gates on the second floor of an East Hollywood building. The small shop has been around since 1945 and it's practically overflowing with costumes. Their niche is actually Santa Claus suits, but they are more than well-stocked for Halloween. Another one of Adele's specialities is mascot outfits - you can see the costume animal heads peaking out from corners of the store. Want to dress as a lobster or maybe an anthropomorphic hot dog? This is your spot.

Behind the Scenes Costumes

Behind the Scenes Costumes



If you feel like going far over the top this Halloween, head down to San Pedro and check out Behind the Scenes Costumes. While this costume shop can certainly hook you up with superhero and villain costumes, their specialty is historic costumes and Venetian carnival masks. They stock everything from artful masks made in Italy to plain ones for those who plan on crafting their own costume. They also have a collection of elaborate rococo costumes and steampunk masks and accessories.

Rubber Wear at Burman Industries | Photo: @brianaheavener

Burman Industries



Burman Industries isn't your typical make-up store. This is the spot where special effects pros can pick up everything they need to make gashes ooze and faces melt. Burman Industries stocks what artists will need to make casts and apply layer upon layer of movie magic. You don't have to be a makeup artist to shop there - Burman Industries is open to the public, and if your Halloween costume needs a generous helping of gore, you should stop by and check out the stock.

The Costume House | Photo: @imataxi

The Costume House



The Costume House has a massive stock of more than 80,000 items for your dress-up needs. The emphasis at this long-running North Hollywood shop is on period and historical wear and serves theater and TV/film clients as well as the general public. Whether you're dressing as Antony and Cleopatra or Bonnie and Clyde, you'll likely find what you need here. Rentals are the main draw, but they also do custom work. Check the store's website for more information on deals offered throughout October.

Ellen's Hollywood Wigs | Photo: @itskatsuth

Ellen's Hollywood Wigs



If your costume needs a wig, make sure it's a good one. Ellen's Hollywood Wigs is stuffed with plenty of them. Walk inside the small store and you'll find walls full of expertly styled wigs - you might even see a stylist at work while you shop. The selection at Ellen's ranges from Elvis-style pompadours to Ziggy Stardust cuts. You'll find '60s-style bouffants and monstrous teased 'dos. There are natural and funky colors galore and some pieces - like a wig that resembles flames - could inspire a whole costume.

Hollywood Toys & Costumes

Hollywood Toys & Costumes



A neighborhood mainstay, Hollywood Toys & Costumes has been around for more than 50 years and is a one-stop shop for your Halloween needs. In addition to aisles of costumes, there's a small section of quality character masks with so much detail that they're sure to scare the kids. They have a great selection of wigs and a stylist is available to help you get the perfect piece to fit your costume. The makeup section includes special effects products. Plus, you can pick up a few magic tricks to impress your pals on Halloween.

Gold platform shoes at Iguana Vintage Clothing Hollywood | Photo: @jvn2

Iguana Vintage Clothing



Walk down Hollywood Boulevard and you'll find loads of boutiques selling costumes throughout October. None however, are quite like Iguana Vintage Clothing. This large shop specializes in carefully selected, well-organized secondhand gear perfect for costume-hunting. The selection of disco outfits is fierce. Make sure you head down to the basement to check out even more vintage finds, from cheerleading uniforms to tie-dye shirts to lab coats. If you have an idea for a costume, you can probably find the components here.

Hats at Ozzie Dots | Photo: @alyssamannis

Ozzie Dots



With their year-round mix of costumes and vintage clothing, Ozzie Dots is a local favorite for party wear. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, this is a good spot for digging. You'll probably find some standard Halloween gear, but you'll also stumble across unusual, perhaps even bizarre, pieces that will wow friends and strangers. Pro tip: Don't procrastinate. Ozzie Dots is popular, and if you wait until the last minute, you might get stuck in a line.

Endless racks at Western Costume Company | Photo: @bretteragland

Western Costume Company



Western Costume Company is a Hollywood Institution. This massive costume shop dates back to 1912 and they've dressed actors for some of the biggest hits to flash across the silver screen. More recently, they've provided costumes for television shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men. While this is an industry shop, you don't have to be making a movie or TV show to get a costume here. Rentals are available by appointment, and during October they have a Halloween store where rentals are available from $45 to $325. Check their website for hours.

NOTE: WCC announced that there won't be a Halloween store this year. All Halloween rentals will be according to the WCC Private Rental Policy.