Where to Find Halloween Costumes

Every year, out they come: an adorable parade of spooky ghouls, furry animals, dashing Disney characters, and other fun Halloween costumes. Great deals abound on secondhand costumes because they’re worn just once a year. But where to look?


Facebook Sale Groups

Check parent and area garage sale groups to see what local families are selling. If your child is dead-set on a specific costume, you can also post what you’re looking for.

I snagged an adorable lion costume for my son via the Downers Grove Area Parents Facebook group at a way cheaper price than buying new.

Children’s Consignment and Secondhand Boutiques

The costumes at local secondhand boutiques tend to be great quality, and you’re supporting local businesses to boot. Check out these shops:

I’d recommend calling in to check how much smaller shops have left in stock. This year, the ever-adorable Charlie & Grace in Downers Grove is not carrying Halloween costumes, and Embrace Consignment (also in Downers) only had a couple of kids’ costumes when I called.

Thrift Shops

Once Upon a Child is a great spot for gently used kids’ costumes for every age. Last year, I picked up a penguin costume there for my son, who was just two months at the time (and made a ridiculously cute penguin).

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Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers, and other big thrift shops are usually awash in costumes for kids and adults alike, especially if you’re willing to do a bit more digging. These are also great spots to shop for budget-friendly DIY costume materials.

Friend Swap

Call some friends over, set out the candy corn, and spend an afternoon swapping costumes from everyone’s dress-up stashes. Free and easy!

Want to find kid-friendly Halloween activities and events in the western suburbs?

Check out our Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide!

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a mom to two boys (ages 2 and 4) who "certainly has her hands full," as strangers in grocery stores tell her. She's doing her best to keep up and get comfortable with the mud pies and tree-climbing her kids love. In addition to writing and editing, Rachel frequently pillages the Naperville library, plays nerdy board games with her husband, and collapses into a tired heap at 8:30 p.m.

1 Comment on "Where to Find Halloween Costumes"

  1. It would be great to have a list of big box stores that have a good selection as well. The pop-up Spirit Halloween store is no longer in Western Springs. Party City has a pretty good selection. That’s all I know, but I’d love to know where else to look.

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