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Where to Get Halloween Costumes in Washington

A costume is one of the most important parts of Halloween—besides the candy, of course. Some people rent or buy lavish costumes for the night, while others choose the do-it-yourself route. Whether you’re looking for something classic or original, these sp

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Although it’s known for its party materials, Party America (18036 Mateny Rd., Germantown; 301-515-8980) also has many options for costumes and materials for all ages.

Backstage (545 Eighth St., SE; 202-544-5744), on Capitol Hill, is DC’s theatrical superstore, with costumes and accessories for all ages.

Costumes Creative (9168 Brookville Rd., Silver Spring; 301-587-6275) has extended its hours this month to allow shoppers more time to choose from more than 15,000 costumes in stock.
Gene’s Costumes (10636 Connecticut Ave., Kensington; 301-949-4111) has a wide variety of costumes, accessories, and makeup and is a good shopping spot for the whole family.

Halloween Scene is a chain of stores dedicated to everything Halloween-themed. You’ll find a wide variety of costumes and accessories at any of its Marlyand and Virginia locations (call 866-266-2968 for addresses).

Hollywood East Costumes (493 S. Stone St., Rockville; 301-424-2687), formerly Pat’s Costume, has one of the largest selections of adult costumes in the area.

At Party City (295 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg, 301-926-8227; 6000 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, 301-441-2220; 3311-3319 Corridor Marketplace, Laurel, 301-490-1192), you’re likely to find a costume that fits your body as well as your style.

Also make sure to check out our guide to great area vintage shops, where you might be able to find inspiration and items for your costume.

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