If you think your only options for finding an inexpensive Halloween costume is by cutting holes in a sheet or scouring the big box stores, think again. These spooktacular DFW shops offer plenty of ways for you to get your boo on without busting your budget.
Costumes By Dusty
324 Exchange Drive
Arlington, TX 76011
With over 10,000 rental costumes, ranging from knights and gypsies to showgirls and steampunk, your options are limited only by your imagination at this costume wonderland. All of the costumes are hand-made originals that are used in over 200 theatrical productions a year, including Scarborough Faire. You can rent a complete costume— accessories and all— starting at $40 for a three-day period. Or let the shop’s manager, Kimberly Nielsen, and her staff help you customize an amazing look to fit your budget.
5800 I-35 N. @ Loop 288, Suite 508
Denton, TX 76207
The decor of this store is just as mind blowing as the huge array of costume rentals and accessories. Every inch of the store has been decorated right down to the themed costume areas, dressing rooms and even the bathroom. The shop carries over 5,000 costumes that rent for three-day periods starting at $30 for kids and $60 for adults. Whether you want to be the Mad Hatter or a St. Pauli Girl beer maid, the creative staff will help turn anyone’s costume dreams into a reality.
Denton Costume & Dance World
2201 I-35E S.
Denton, TX 76205
With over 5,000 costumes and a huge selection of accessories, you won’t have any problem finding something to suit your fancy at this specialty costume and dance shop. From flappers to gangsters, you can rent the complete outfit for three days at prices starting as low as $20. For those looking to purchase costumes, adults can channel their inner genies as low as $17.50 and kids can be Jack Sparrow for around $12.95. Want something more elaborate? Rent a complete colonial ensemble starting at $45.
Dallas Costume Shoppe
3905 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75226
There’s a reason why this century-old Dallas institution has been ranked the best costume shop in the metroplex. It has one of the most vast collections of stunning, one-of-a-kind rental costumes that span all styles and time periods— from Greek mythology to disco and from hookers to nuns. The shop also has costumes for some of the most prominent productions across the country. You can be the hit of any party starting at $50 for the weekend. Want to look fabulous for even less? Enhance your own outfit with some of the shop’s phenomenal accessories that you can rent starting from $6.50.
418 E. Northwest Highway
Grapevine, TX 76051
GRACEful Buys is the place for everyone in the family to get decked out for Halloween without spending a fortune. This upscale resale store is well known for having one of the largest Halloween costume collections in North Texas—with most costumes priced at $4.99. From Disney characters and pirates to cowboys and gangsters, the selection covers all the latest styles. Sometimes you can even find a few fancier offerings, like the beautiful white velvet snow princess costume the shop recently sold for $5.99. Finish your look with hats, boas and jewelry, starting at $.99.
Ilene Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Dallas, Texas. Ilene enjoys writing about a variety of topics, ranging from food, fitness and travel, to kids, pets and senior care. You can find some of her work at Examiner.com.