Between stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters, party supplies for the neighborhood Halloween bash and decorations for your yard, you may be left feeling like there’s no money left to purchase a cool Halloween costume. Knowing where to shop for your costume, however, can mean the difference between sporting the scariest Halloween garb and having to don an old sheet for a cheap ghost costume. Pittsburgh’s party retailers, fabric shops and specialty costume stores provide some unexpected options and unbeatable deals to help budget-conscious trick-or-treaters create an unforgettable Halloween costume. Before you head to your local big box store, browse these spectacularly spooky stores that will help you stay on budget this Halloween.
Mike Feinberg Company
1736 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Party stores are some of the more affordable options for those looking to get their Halloween costume on a budget, and Mike Feinberg Company is no exception. While many know this Strip District store for its huge collection of unique Pittsburgh sports team and black-and-gold items, this self-proclaimed “party king” retailer also carries some of the city’s coolest and more budget-friendly costumes and accessories. From complete Halloween costumes to hats, masks and accessories, you’ll find the largest selection and savings in this family-owned party superstore. With all the money you save, you’re sure to have some left over to shop the discounted collection of Halloween party decorations, tableware and supplies.
1503 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Why spend money on a Halloween costume that you’re not going to be rocking day after day when you can rent one at a fraction of the price of buying one. Spotlight Costumes in the city’s South Side neighborhood has thousands of unique and affordable rental costumes that make scoring a unique Halloween costume on a budget quick and easy. Whether you’re searching for a spooky, silly, sexy or specialty costume, Spotlight Costumes has the area’s largest variety available in adult and children’s sizes. Makeup and accessories are also available to rent using the store’s convenient online reservation form located on Spotlight Costume’s website.
Dreams To Screams
1512 Lincoln Highway
North Versailles, PA 15137
With more than 5,000 Halloween costumes, props, makeup and accessories under its roof, the majority of which are priced starting at $9.99, Dreams To Screams makes transforming yourself into your favorite character or alter ego inexpensive. Browse costumes from manufacturers like Rubies Costume Company, Morbid Enterprises and DreamGirls to find this year’s must-have Halloween costumes, wigs, masks and more. Score an even better price by printing out the $5 coupon from the store’s website. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at the store’s North Versailles location, there are additional Dreams To Screams stores in Greensburg and Monroeville.
1095 Pittsburgh Road
Valencia, PA 16059
Your kids will love the two-story selection of cool costumes at Costumes Etc! You’ll love the prices thanks to the store’s affordable rentals and low-priced specialty costumes, leg and footwear, makeup, wigs and hats, accessories and masks. There are thousands of costumes for your infant, toddler and teen to choose from featuring characters from their favorite TV shows and movies, stories, historical periods and occupations. With so many options and unique add-ons all in one place, you’ll save money, time and gas by taking advantage of the sales and stock at this full-service costume superstore.
2124 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
If you’re among the talented bunch that can pull together a quality costume with a needle and thread, you’re sure to love the affordable selection on display in the LOOM fabric showroom. This Strip District gem has everything you need to stitch together a bewitching Halloween costume, including fabric, ribbons, trim, appliqués and even vintage buttons. Stock up on your favorite fabrics and let your creativity take over with thousands of budget-friendly finds. LOOM is proof that DIY can be fun and inexpensive.
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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.