Best Places For Affordable Halloween Costumes In DC

October 16, 2012 6:00 AM

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Halloween is just around the corner, and you don’t want to wait until the last minute to pull a costume together. This year, there are a number of original, creative and sexy costumes that can be yours for less than $20.  Before venturing out to the store, brainstorm costumes and have a few ideas in mind, that way you will have some direction while browsing. Consider dressing in a couples costume or dressing up as a group: Think the Kardashians or Brad and Angelina. To cut back on costs, accessorize with items you already own.

Backstage, Inc
545 8th St .Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-5744

As a performing arts and theatrical store, Backstage Inc. is D.C.’s most extensive, diverse costume shop for professionals or, in your case, party goers who are in need of a serious get up. Located on Capital Hill, the store carries men’s, women’s and children’s costumes both for rent and for sale. While most complete costumes are priced at more than $20, choose accessories to create an innovative disguise. Accessories like jewelry, gloves, masks and wigs can turn anything into a trick-or-treat-ready, sexy costume.

Economy Supplies & Costume
1049 W. Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 237-2789

This Northern Virginia party store thrives come Halloween season. It boasts an entire section with plenty of aisles to roam, solely devoted to sexy costumes. Some looks are more scandalous than others, so visitors may use their discretion. Economy is known for having the greatest accessory collection: beards and mustaches, capes and robes, gloves and hats, leggings, hosiery and even weapons.

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Gene’s Costumes
10636 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 949-4111

Costumes at Gene’s are high quality at a fraction of the competitor’s price. Helpful to all of the 11th-hour shoppers, Gene’s carries lust-worthy costumes and accessories. The store is open extended hours during the month of October. Rather than purchasing an entire outfit, utilize Gene’s vast makeup selection. You’ll find character kits equipped with face paint and proper removal supplies as well as individual paints for unique characters. Also, blood and 3-D effects will take your look a step further. Instructional videos are on hand to assist customers in perfecting the makeup-application process. Dab on a seductive red lipstick or play around with alter-ego blonde wigs for the perfect costume on the cheap.

Party Depot
6700 Richmond Highway #9
Alexandria, VA 22306
(703) 768-9030

Party Depot has five Northern Virginia stores: Alexandria, Centreville, Bailey’s Crossroads, Sterling and Springfield. It’s updating its website to include more than 20,000 available products. Costumes for less than $20 include a flapper, Scream ghost, devil and cheerleader. Among the inexpensive women’s costumes are an alluring French maid, Hollywood starlets and a witch. Men may browse costumes including a priest, coach or surgeon for all-time low prices.

Total Fright
4238 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
(202) 333-5950

The frightening store, deemed the largest party costume shop inside of the beltway, is in Ballston Common Mall on the first level next to Starbucks. Ballston Mall is just off the orange line, only five stops from D.C. Most toddler and kid’s costumes are less than $20 as well. To get the most bang for your buck at Total Fright, employees recommend buying separate parts to costumes. For example, a seductive pirate who pulled a black skirt and striped shirt from her closet should come here for the stockings and eye patch to finish it off. There are a number of medieval and renaissance ad-ons that you can’t find anywhere else here as well.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @kellyfrancess. Her work can be found at

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