So you came to Vegas without a costume, or maybe you were trying to be Tom Cruise from “Top Gun” but your bomber jacket was mistakenly confiscated by the TSA. It happens. Now you’re here, you’ve been invited to a killer Halloween party and you have to find a costume. We’ve all been there. And since we’ve all agreed to not go the cultural or identity appropriation route, you’ll need a costume that gets you noticed for all the right reasons. Here’s where to get some costume options in Vegas.
Williams Costume Company
Location: 1226 S. 3rd St.
Williams Costume Company is a Vegas classic. With an amazing selection of Vegas-inspired costumes from showgirls to showstoppers, Williams is the place to go for a pure Vegas vibe. They also specialize in beads, sequins and other accessories that will give you that only-in-Vegas appeal. You can choose to buy or opt to rent if you’re just going to need the costume for one night. And, if you have a little extra time and money to spend, they also have sewing supplies and a ton of know-how to help you create something truly special. In a town that values wardrobes, Williams is a classic for a reason.
Costume idea: A Showgirl Superhero
Location: 3230 S. Valley View Blvd. #120
Star takes a bit more Halloweeny approach to the costume game. Yeah, we said Halloweeny and we’re not apologizing for it. With a variety of rental costumes available from classic witches to movie characters that fall just this side of copyright infringement, Star has everything you need to make an impression when you bust into the party. They also have costumes for sale and a variety of costume and dance apparel if you want to create something more your own. And they can work with you on custom ideas. Their knowledgeable staff can whip up whatever you need, assuming you don’t stumble in at 7 p.m. and say you need to be Stormtrooper Cinderella by midnight. That might be a challenge.
Costume idea: Stormtrooper Cinderella
Black Cat Costumes
Location: 2350 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Black Cat completely embraces the Halloween spirit with its costumes and novelties. If you need to fill more than just your own personal space with dark and dismal goods, Black Cat has a full selection of props to help turn your hotel room into a place from which the maid will run screaming. Actually, honestly, Las Vegas maids have probably seen things you can’t imagine; they’re metal as hell. Black Cat has masks, makeup and even Halloween candy if you don’t feel like popping for booze but also don’t want to show up empty-handed. Come to Black Cat for everything you need to creep the living peeps out of friends and/or people who used to be your friends before you scared the peeps out of them.
Costume idea: Zombie Darth Vader
Location: 6230 S. Decatur Blvd. #101
HalloweenMart is one of those places with a vague name. What could they possibly sell there? It turns out they sell Halloween costumes and accessories. Our guess was way off. Come to HalloweenMart for the vast selection and the reasonable prices. Find your couple’s costumes that are guaranteed to annoy the hell out of your single friends and the pet costumes that are sure to annoy the hell out of your pet, and probably your single friends too. Everything annoys them. As a year-round business, HalloweenMart also has seasonal costumes, if you want to be that rebel who dresses as Santa for Halloween. And they have rave and club wear in case your fancy Halloween party is at a classy Vegas nightspot. It’s a big name in the Vegas costume scene for a reason. And it’s totally worth the drive.
Costume idea: Little Red Riding Raver
The Black Room
Location: 1000 E. Sahara Ave.
Ok, we’re going a little rogue with this one. The Black Room isn’t exactly a Halloween costume store. And we’re gonna reiterate that whole don’t appropriate cultures or identities point right here. But if you’re cool and you want to show it, the Black Room has a full line of fetish wear, leather, latex and more from the country that knows how to do fetish wear right – Germany. You probably already know whether you want to shop here or not. If you know where the baby powder goes then there’s a good chance this could be for you. Just remember that, since this is a specialty shop, items not immediately available on the rack (not that kind of rack) may take a while to order. So plan ahead if you don’t see your size. But, since this is the Black Room, chances are you’ll find something that makes you look fierce.
Costume idea: Dominatrix Mary Poppins