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It's crunch time, when all the demands of Halloween start to become real for procrastinators. Time to find a party, and a costume, because no one wants you to wear the Psy costume again. It's just not going to make sense this year. Here are 10 stores for Halloween costume shopping in the Washington area to help trick-or-treaters get it together by October 31.


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1. Halloween Hollow

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11132 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(240) 499-8665
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In need of a fog machine? Or a pet costume? Seasonal pop-up Halloween Hallow has you covered, with plenty of costumes for adults and kids. [Photo]

2. Gene's Costumes

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10636 Connecticut Ave
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 949-4111
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Open all year, shoppers can buy or rent costumes at this long-running Kensington store. Just look for the giant inflatable pumpkin on the roof. [Photo]

3. Halloween Adventure at Westfield Montgomery

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7101 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 767-9807
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For another option in Maryland, Halloween Adventure has a wall of costumes to peruse, with the requisite makeup, wigs, and accessories. [Photo: Adele Chapin]

4. Meeps

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2104 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-6546
Don't want to leave the District? Adams Morgan vintage store Meeps is a must. They put so much love into Halloween with a Cosmic Costume Room full of costume-ready vintage, and they've got all the necessary props and accessories as well. [Photo]

5. American Apparel

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1090 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-0438
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American Apparel has the plain, ol' basic building blocks for creative costumes — plus shiny, shiny bodysuits that probably should only be worn on Halloween. [Photo]

6. Total Fright

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Ballston Mall
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 996-4121
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Local pop-up Total Fright makes Ballston Common Mall a Halloween destination. [Photo]

7. Unique Thrift Store

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2956 Gallows Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 992-6569
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Want to spend as little as possible on a costume? 15 minutes spent browsing the racks at Unique Thrift Store might spark some creative inspiration — a makeshift Miley costume, perhaps? [Photo]

8. Party City

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5522 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 998-0111
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For procrastinating costume shoppers, Party City will be open until 10 p.m. every day till October 31 except this Sunday. [Photo]

9. Spirit

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3610 King Street, Bradlee Shopping Center
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 785-9756
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Halloween mega-store Spirit opens 1,000 stores nationwide, and the Alexandria store stocks a mix of branded costumes like Ron Burgundy and your generic pirates, flappers, and more. [Photo]

10. The American Backstage Company

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5380 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 212-8982
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This full-service theatrical store is a Halloween wonderland. Bonus, it's open late, closing at 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday from now until October 31. [Photo]

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1. Halloween Hollow

11132 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852
In need of a fog machine? Or a pet costume? Seasonal pop-up Halloween Hallow has you covered, with plenty of costumes for adults and kids. [Photo]
11132 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852

2. Gene's Costumes

10636 Connecticut Ave, Kensington, MD 20895
Open all year, shoppers can buy or rent costumes at this long-running Kensington store. Just look for the giant inflatable pumpkin on the roof. [Photo]
10636 Connecticut Ave
Kensington, MD 20895

3. Halloween Adventure at Westfield Montgomery

7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817
For another option in Maryland, Halloween Adventure has a wall of costumes to peruse, with the requisite makeup, wigs, and accessories. [Photo: Adele Chapin]
7101 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817

4. Meeps

2104 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Don't want to leave the District? Adams Morgan vintage store Meeps is a must. They put so much love into Halloween with a Cosmic Costume Room full of costume-ready vintage, and they've got all the necessary props and accessories as well. [Photo]
2104 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. American Apparel

1090 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
American Apparel has the plain, ol' basic building blocks for creative costumes — plus shiny, shiny bodysuits that probably should only be worn on Halloween. [Photo]
1090 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

6. Total Fright

Ballston Mall, Arlington, VA 22203
Local pop-up Total Fright makes Ballston Common Mall a Halloween destination. [Photo]
Ballston Mall
Arlington, VA 22203

7. Unique Thrift Store

2956 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Want to spend as little as possible on a costume? 15 minutes spent browsing the racks at Unique Thrift Store might spark some creative inspiration — a makeshift Miley costume, perhaps? [Photo]
2956 Gallows Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042

8. Party City

5522 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
For procrastinating costume shoppers, Party City will be open until 10 p.m. every day till October 31 except this Sunday. [Photo]
5522 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

9. Spirit

3610 King Street, Bradlee Shopping Center, Alexandria, VA 22302
Halloween mega-store Spirit opens 1,000 stores nationwide, and the Alexandria store stocks a mix of branded costumes like Ron Burgundy and your generic pirates, flappers, and more. [Photo]
3610 King Street, Bradlee Shopping Center
Alexandria, VA 22302

10. The American Backstage Company

5380 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304
This full-service theatrical store is a Halloween wonderland. Bonus, it's open late, closing at 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday from now until October 31. [Photo]
5380 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304