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7 Excellent Ideas for Where to get Halloween Costumes in L.A. on the Cheap

October 15, 2015 by Christina Minh

All Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching, and soon enough monsters, wizards and sexy kittens will take over the streets of Los Angeles and beyond.

With party invitations for epic bashes, haunted houses and zombie crawls now flooding your inbox, you must be asking yourself, are you truly prepared for Halloween?

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Although Halloween shops are popping up everywhere, the hidden gems for acquiring truly unique costumes are in our awesome vintage and second hand stores, scattered all over the city.

The big bonus for shopping at pre-owned boutiques are the DEALS, from dirt cheap fabrics for a DIY costume to items from the wardrobe department of movie studios and even racks filled with $1 items, there’s something for everyones budget.

Checkout our list of top picks (in no particular order) and find yourself a cool, unique and affordable costume.

1. It’s A Wrap’s Annual Halloween Costume Shoppe

Unique, one of a kind and custom made costumes usually from the costume department of televisions shows and movies can be found at It’s A Wrap. This hidden gem is the only company on the planet that offers the general public the opportunity to purchase actual wardrobe and props from major motion picture studios and TV sets. This year, shoppers get 50% off costumes at the Burbank and Robertson locations.

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2. Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles Thrift Store

Shop at one of the largest thrift stores in the U.S. this Halloween! Not only will you rock your Halloween costume and save money, every dollar you spend at SVdP goes directly to someone in need. Every Kim K. dress and zombie costume you purchase will provide shelter, food or clothing for men, women and children throughout Los Angeles.

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3. Ozzie Dots

The vintage clothes and unique costumes here are reasonably priced. On top of that they even have a sale rack in the back and a $1 rack. Find wigs, stalkings, hats, masks and more at Ozzie Dots. You can find some pretty quirky original pieces here for Halloween and everyday.

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4. FIDM Scholarship Store

Create your own unique Halloween costume with the FIDM Scholarship Store’s help! The ever-changing variety of merchandise is donated by top fashion companies. Prices are way below wholesale and all the proceeds from the Scholarship Store generate scholarships for FIDM students. The store carries clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories, fabric, thread, trim, mannequins and even dress forms. Checkout their Facebook page for DIY inspirations this Halloween season.

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5. Squaresville

Looking for some retro digs this Halloween? Prepare to travel back into time. Squaresville hosts retro skirts, jackets, dresses you name it all under their small two story boutique. Sale Alert! On October 17th and 18th come with $5 and fill up a bag with Squaresville’s back stock. Can’t beat that!

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6. The Halloween BOO-tique At Goodwill

The Goodwill Halloween BOO-tiques are stocked to the brim, with props and costumes for the most ghoulish night of the year. Find the perfect cauldron for your witches brew or dress your entire crew at a fraction of the cost. Halloween BOOtiques are open at all Goodwill Southern California stores and offer thousands of costume inspirations, accessories, décor for you, a Haunted Mansion and more.

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7. Jet Rag

An array of costumes can be found at this local vintage haunt. From army gear, pin up outfits to dresses from the 60’s Jet Rag makes it easy to find a Halloween costume. On Sundays they unload tons of clothes onto their parking lot and list all the items for one dollar. That’s what I like to call CHEAP!

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Where do you go to buy Halloween costumes in Los Angeles? Let us know your favorite spots in the comments below!

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