Best Places for Halloween Costumes in Washington, D.C.

October 7, 2014 8:00 AM

Halloween is quickly approaching and you need the perfect costume. No need to panic. Here is a list of five convenient venues in D.C. where you can find the best costume for you. Each one has great variety and is affordable. Looks like it is time to go shopping!

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

What is unique about Gene’s is that the costumes are for rent, not for sale, so you don’t have to get stuck buying a costume that you may never use again. Costume choices are greatly varied which is also part of the charm of this store. Choose from costumes such as catwoman to Dr. Suess to Harry Potter. The website has a list of all of its costumes if you want more information before you go to the store.

The American Backstage Company
5380 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 212-8982

American Backstage also offers costumes for rental, as well as accessories like wigs, masks, hats and accessories such as swords and boas. The store has historic costumes in addition to classic costumes like bunnies and French maids. You can also get a custom costume made if you are looking for something super specific. Theatrical makeup is available for purchase as well so you can really make your look authentic.

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

Total Fright has loads of fun Halloween costumes, including an adult little red riding hood costume and “Lord of the Rings” costumes. It also has costumes for your pets, something that you cannot find at most costume spots. Dress your doggy up as spiderman or even as a bride or groom. Prices are reasonable, so go check this store out today.

Spirit Halloween
6226 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044

(703) 479-4369

Spirit Halloween has one of the biggest selections of Halloween costumes around. You can search by category, so you can find different costumes from various time periods, in addition to multiple kinds of costumes for the same concept. For example, the store features a variety of cowboy costumes, nurse outfits, firefighters, gangsters and more. It also has group costumes, so you and your friends can all go as the cast of a particular TV show

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at