Halloween is just around the corner, and while many a party-goer has spent months carefully crafting the perfect costume, the rest of us are still scrounging for ideas. But when that dream look finally hits, where do you go to get the best wigs, capes, feather boas and play knives before October 31? Here's a list of the best locally-owned spots around town to find everything you need for a spooky, sexy, gory or goofy get-up. (And don't forget to check out Westword's lists of the best adults-only parties and family-friendly gatherings happening throughout this Halloween week where you can wear said costume!)
Disguises 9797 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood Disguises Costume Superstore is one of those places you just have to see to believe. This giant warehouse is packed with tutus, masks, hats, pretend weapons, medieval attire and steampunk get-ups, as well as a wall of every possible wig cut, color and style you could imagine. Don't want to commit to permanent ownership of a costume? Disguises has hundreds of rental outfits to choose from. And next year, get ahead of the game by reserving the perfect ensemble for you or a whole group of friends.
The Wizard's Chest 230 Fillmore Street This castle in Cherry Creek has been going strong as a top costume destination since 1983, providing just the right wigs, hats, fake blood and sparkly things for any Halloween outfit. While you're there, check out the store's awesome selection of magic books, juggling accessories, board games and other items good for fun and play during the rest of the non-Halloween year.
Scott Lentz for Westword.
Studio Lites 333 Broadway A well-kept secret trove of decorative body accoutrements for drag performers, Studio Lites is packed with sexy attire, makeup and high heels for feet of all sizes. The shop also specializes in wigs and hair pieces, so if you're looking for the perfect fall do, Studio Lites just might have the final touch.
FashioNation 1594 South Broadway This counterculture hub has been selling cool clothes to cool Denverites since the '80s, and now that FashioNation has moved into a bigger and better location on Broadway, they have an even better inventory. Halloweeners looking for a great selection of hair dye, stockings, sunglasses and high heels in every color imaginable, look no further than this store. Plus, if your little one needs some tights or the finishing touches on her punk rocker costume, FashioNation's kids shop, Babysitter's Nightmare, is just inside this new and improved Denver alternative apparel icon.
Aaron Thackeray for Westword.
Reinke Brothers 5663 South Prince Street, Littleton If you're looking for a costume on the extra-spooky side, Reinke Brothers is the place. This playground of dress-up is packed with make-up and masks, favorite science fiction character get-ups, props and more. To rent or to buy, Reinke Brothers has an unparalleled selection of costumes for kids and adults. Plus, during the haunting season, the store also runs its own Haunted Mansion -- enter if you dare.
Back on the Rack 600 Holly Street #104 If you're looking to support a local shop or just can't find the right costume for your little one at the picked-over big box stores, Back on the Rack just might have the perfect solution. This consignment shop is popping with kids and maternity clothes all year long, but during Halloween it rolls out clean and organized racks showing off its stellar inventory of gently worn spooky and silly wear just for the kiddos.
Regal Vintage 1866 South Broadway Sure, Regal Vintage has great retro clothing for everyday wear, but it's during this time of year that the store's inventory gets to shine. Polyester everything and anything can be found inside this well-curated shop, along with evening gowns, purses, hats, jewelry and faux-mustaches in a variety of colors. The vibe in this place is pure fun and the staff at Regal is more than happy to help you put together a costume contest-winning ensemble.
Artsmyths Facebook page.
ArtsMyths 1454 South Broadway There is nothing quite like ArtsMyths -- this unique apparel shop specializes in handmade items and leather goods, along with everything to create a perfect steampunk, pirate or gothic-inspired costume. This place has high quality, one-of-a-kind costumes that will make you the belle of the Halloween ball, but ArtsMyths also carries a great selection of stockings, jewelry and other accessories that will work with any budget.
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