Move aside baseball. Wearing costumes is the new American national pastime. The number of Americans who get dressed up for Halloween has increased rapidly in the past decade. Americans spent $8.8 billion on Halloween costumes in 2019, almost double 10 years earlier, according to the National Retail Federation. And those figures don’t even take into account the billions spent on dressing up throughout the rest of the year!
There are two main drivers of this twenty-first century costume boom. The first factor is psychological: adults have discovered that dressing up for Halloween or a party is a great way of escaping from the stress of daily life and rediscovering their inner child. The second factor is accessibility: online costume stores have made it easier than ever to organize an awesome last-minute outfit.
Whether you’re buying a costume for Halloween or any other purpose, an online costume store is the best place to start.
To help, we put together this list of the 10 best online costume stores on the internet:
Let’s be honest, only one website was ever going to top this list. Amazon is the one-stop shop for everything, including costumes. It has a dedicated Halloween Store where you can shop for costumes, candy, outdoor décor, and more. The main reason to choose Amazon is the variety. Click on “women’s costumes”, “men’s costumes”, or “kids’ and baby Halloween”, and you’ll find 10,000+ results from thousands of different sellers. Oh, and Amazon is the only place to get a costume delivered same-day with Prime shipping – making it perfect for last-minute costume purchases.
Spirit Halloween is the number one place for getting into the, well… Halloween spirit. Year after year, this website delivers the trendiest and most-relevant costumes. Just checks out the TV, gaming, anime, and cosplay costumes! Aside from having a massive selection of costumes, Spirit Halloween also offers everything from props to decorations to masks. In these days of social distancing and face coverings, it’s good to know Spirit Halloween has you covered with hundreds of themed face masks.
When we hear the words affordability and reliability, we instantly think of Target. This retail (and now e-commerce) giant has an awesome Halloween shop that it calls the “Hyde and Eek! Boutique”. Target is also an ideal – and affordable – place to look for costumes throughout the rest of the year. It has hundreds of kids costumes for $15, as well as cheap adults’ costumes, pet costumes, and adaptive costumes (for wheelchairs).
Other websites sell couples’ costumes, but HalloweenCostumes.com is unique in that it has an entire page dedicated to the subject. It has classic couples’ costumes (e.g. Adam & Eve, witch and warlock, angels and devils), animal costumes (Deer and Santa, ring master and lion), Disney costumes (Belle and Beast, Pooh and Piglet, Aladdin and Jasmine), funny costumes (bacon and eggs, salt and pepper, wine and cheese), historical costumes (Uncle Sam and Statue of Liberty), and more.