Halloween is coming in hot, Denver, and we all know what happens when you wait too long to procure that perfect costume. While Super Girl and slutty Harambe the Gorilla costumes may already be sold out, there are still plenty of amazing costumes awaiting at these Denver shops — and since they're open year-round, you can hit them up for all your costume needs until Halloween 2017 rolls around.
Here are the eight best costume shops in Denver right now.
1. The Wizard's Chest
The beloved costume and game store just moved to Broadway, and this is its first Halloween in the new location. You'll find a huge selection of costumes in the back of the store on the first floor, but don't be afraid to venture through the entire space, including the giant hedge-maze ramp that leads down to the lower floor.
2. Flossy Mcgrews
2645 South Santa Fe Drive
Flossy Mcgrews just reopened in time for Halloween on South Santa Fe Drive. Beloved Halloween badass Grandma Goth's legacy has been preserved in this new stop, which is packed with myriad thrift and costume options.
3. Studio Lites
Studio Lites is the go-to spot for drag queens and kings, and happens to sell the largest supply of chemo-patient wigs in the state. But it's also full of options that should work for a treat on Halloween.
4. Reinke Brothers
5663 South Prince Street, Littleton
After being closed for construction for the better part of the year, Reinke Brothers is again open for business through Halloween. This family-owned costume shop is decked out from floor to ceiling with creepy masks, costumes, wigs, decorations and everything you could possibly need. Be sure to stop by Reinke soon if you have a special request; wigs and costumes tend to sell out as Halloween approaches. Enjoy our haunted slideshow by Aaron Thackeray.
Continue reading for four more costume shops.
5. Theatrical Costumes Etc.
673 30th Street, Boulder
Even if you live in the south suburbs, this Boulder costume shop is well worth the drive. Theatrical Costumes Etc. has a particular fascination with steampunk and Victorian-era outfits.
This is the Costco of costume shops, the place where both haunted houses and high-school productions of Grease get all their awesome outfits. Norcostco offers rentals, sells special-effects technology and allows customers to shop online or in the store, where you can admire the enormous selection of zombie makeup and apparel. Before you go, check floor hours: The commercial rental market means this spot is usually closed on weekends.
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7. Buffalo Exchange
Buffalo Exchange sets itself apart from every thrift store in Denver, as well as every costume store, with its amazing collection and creativity. Both the Capitol Hill and Broadway outposts have a wide range of new and recycled costumes for Halloween, including bizarre, kitschy, wild, colorful and gently worn looks, as seen in the expertly crafted Life Aquatic costume scene above.
9797 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
This place is huge, a reliable go-to place to get Pride costumes, theatrical outfits and more throughout the year. The store expanded its selection a few years ago to add steampunk, rave, renaissance and burlesque pieces.