Halloween is right around the corner and the pressure to find the right costume is mounting. If you had great ideas months ago, and now you can’t remember any of them, it’s time to stroll through some of Chicago’s Halloween and costume shops to get ideas for putting together the perfect costume.

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Chicago Costume

1120 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL
(Open year round with another location and 9 other seasonal locations)
Phone: 773-528.1264
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Going to a masquerade ball theme party? Chicago Costume has the largest selection of masquerade masks in Chicago. If you’re not looking for that, they have costumes for the whole family. They also have theatrical makeup, wigs, masks, and mascot costumes. Visit their website to get a feel for what kind of costumes they have and then visit one of their 11 Chicago locations.

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Fantasy Costumes

4065 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: 773-777-0222
Hours: 24 hours a day starting Oct. 21

If you’re looking for that store that is open 24 hours because you’re in a real panic, this is the one to go to between Oct. 21- 31. They claim to be Chicago’s Halloween superstore with a wide selection of wigs, make-up, accessories and costumes. You can also rent costumes, mascot costumes, theatre costumes, women’s hair wigs, and men’s hairpieces. Visit their website to glance through some of the things they have available.

Lost Eras Costumes & Props

1511 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773-764-7400
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with extended Halloween hours

Perhaps one of the oldest costume shops in Chicago, Lost Eras has been providing the city and many filmmakers with costumes since 1969. They have Halloween costumes, theatrical costumes, theatrical props, costume masks and costume accessories available in the store. And true to the their name, they believe they have costumes ranging from prehistoric to futuristic. You can’t browse their costumes on their website, but you can see a list of the kinds that they offer.

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Spirit Halloween Store

2817 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(Use the store locator on their website to find the one closet to you.)
Phone: 773-248-1477

If you’re putting together your costume with odds and ends that you’ve collected from home and now you just need the few additional accessories to go along with it, this is a great place for that. While they do offer a huge selection of costumes, they can be kind of pricey for the quality. They have lots of costume make-up to choose from and also jewelry, hats, masks and whatever else is needed to top off your costume. If you’re hosting your own Halloween party, they also sell plenty of outrageous, and sometimes downright disturbing, decorations that are a spooky must.

Halloween Hallway

900 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(With nine other Chicago locations)
Phone: 773-435-9442
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.

Very similar to Spirit, Halloween Hallway is a good place to come to for costumes and more importantly accessories. Browsing through their site they have a lot of accessories for kids and costumes for babies. Who wouldn’t want to dress their munchkin up as a Care Bear, Piglet or a Smarties roll?

Craft Stores

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
2639 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773-227-7874

1101 S. Canal St. #002
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-435-1843
(Both stores have multiple locations.)

Remember the good old days when mom would put together your costume for you? And then maybe you’d either pass it down to your siblings or have to wear it for the next three years? Well, I’d like to think that those days are still here. So if you’re feeling really crafty, head to your local Joanne Fabrics or Michaels to pick up some supplies to help you create an authentic, homemade costume. There’s plenty of websites if you Google “How to make [fill in your costume idea]” that will tell you an easy way to create your costume.

Share with us in the comments section what you’re planning on going as this year!
Rachel Azark is a writer and lives on Chicago’s northwest side. Read more of her work on her blog parksandpancakes.com.