Halloween Haunts

You've always fancied yourself a devil?in disguise. Then again, the Wicked Witch is right up your alley, too. Frankly, choosing a costume is hard. Offering inspiration, costume shops citywide are here to help you get your ghoul on. And it's time to get a move on?believe it or not?before selections are in short supply. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Costume.)

Updated: November 01, 2010

Central City


Heads & Threads Boutique

1254 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This forever Wicker Park haus of hair?filled with costume jewelry and wigs of all kinds?provides just the finishing touch for your most festive of garb. Looking for fake lashes? Check. Seeking out fishnets? You'll find them here, too. Best of all, prices are budget-conscious.


Chicago Costume Company Lincoln Park

1120 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Packing a punch in the party department, this year-round, Lincoln Park outfitter offers up thousands of costumes, from pirate-wench pairings to collector's caliber superhero and straight-up-silly duds (such as banana-man).


Hollywood Mirror

812 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Not the cheapest guy on the block but certainly one of the most popular, this vestige of vintage tempts with Hawaiian shirts and hats, footwear and fashions both old and new. Sidle up to the selection of cowboy shirts, festoon yourself with fedoras and procure onesies for tots?all within out-there confines.


City North


Fantasy Costumes

4065 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Whether a clown suits your fancy, or you're are into the latest Toy Story-esque thing, this Portage Park playground delivers with a vast, timely selection. Also sought out is its array of wigs, masks and makeup as well as its rare accoutrements?all nestled into a block-long building.


Beatnix

3400 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

A treasure trove of wacky clothes, this Boystown corner store?a fave among drag queens? is choice for fabu vintage fashions, kitschy accoutrements and over-the-top accessories. Those in search of skimpy skirts, stylin? sunglasses and wigs, wigs and more wigs will find their match (and be tempted to spend oodles of cash).


Halloween Hallway

3619 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60613

Live out a latent cheerleader fantasy, dress like a barbarian or don't just act like a witch, dress like one, too, with the getups at this multi-outpost costumer, which also has a hefty selection of wigs, hats and masks for persuasions political, traditional and trampy.


City South


Broadway Costumes Inc

1100 W Cermak Rd 2nd Fl, Chicago, IL 60608

Doing a brisk business renting costumes for the stage, this circa 1886 Pilsen biz boasts one of, if not the, most impressive available selections of high-end, fantastical attire around. Mind you, there's also stuff for sale, including makeup kits, a crown of thorns and robe fit for a king.