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.
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.