Where to find Halloween costumes and décor in Toronto

For many, the Halloween season is the most important celebration of the entire year and as such, Toronto’s costume and décor game is decidedly strong. So you best be ready. Looking for the perfect piece to complete your guise (or just a last-minute costume), or keen on decking out your spot with everything from fake spider webs to animatronic zombies? Check out these spooky spots for all your Halloween needs.

It's My Party

1
2208 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1K3

This local spot defies party supply and Halloween chains, with one of the biggest selections of party gear and costume items in the city. The Danforth store is an independent, Toronto-born emporium that’s been slinging uber-spooky stock for over a decade. Need a Viennese mask, a pair of Steam Punk goggles, or, looking for the full getup at the last minute? Mosey on over to this east-end store. Plus, if you’re out to confidently claim spookiest house on the block status, It’s My Party also has the full haunted house spectrum for all your décor needs.

Malabar Ltd

2
14 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1V6

If you’re looking to truly out-Halloween your pals this year, knock ‘em dead with a specialty costume from this local dress-up shop. Try on one of the rentals on offer (the Star Wars Rubies Jawa costume ticks off both the Utterly Terrifying box and the Truly Amazing Movie Reference box). If you’ve searched absolutely everywhere for a must-have costume or detail (because we’ve all been in the position of desperately seeking that quintessential unicorn headpiece, right?), this spot is your best bet for finding it. Visit their website to find out what goodies they’ve got in-store.

Candy's Costume Shop

3
685 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N2

If your DIY mermaid costume went a little awry this year (happens to the best of us), head to the experts at this Mount Pleasant costumier. This is the ideal spot if you’re in search of a Halloween outfit that will inspire envy from all your pals. Opt to deck yourself out entirely in the spot’s vast stock of movie characters, historical figures, spooky archetypes and more (both for purchase and rental), or find that must-have costume detail.

Value Village

4
1319 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1P3

Not only will your neighbourhood Value Village bring in a heap of pleasantly affordable costume gear and accessories (think: pirate hats, an array of wigs, plastic swords, and makeup kits fit for a B-horror movie), it’s also the spot to DIY your costume for less. Need a wedding dress for your Zombie Bride getup, or an oversized blazer for your Frankenstein? Look no further, because it’s shockingly easy to create disguises from the racks and racks of used clothing and accessories at this sprawling second-hand warehouse.

Party City Canada Inc

5
1225 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M3J 2E8

Get in the holiday spirit by scanning the aisles and aisles of festive Halloween décor, accessories, and virtually any costume your mind could imagine at this chain party supplies store with locations across the GTA. If you’re looking for that quintessential mechanical werewolf, or feel like you want to deck out your baby in a sushi costume, this is the spot to do it. Plus, if you’re hosting a Halloween fete and suddenly understand the necessity of a set of skull-shaped cocktail glasses, this sprawling spot can help with that, too.

From second-storey terraces to canopy-covered courtyards, 2016 has been a good year for Toronto’s patio game. We’ve got the goods on the brand-new brewery on Roncesvalles and the Lakeshore’s most recent party-worthy spot. East to west, these resto-bar newcomers have created inspired outdoor spaces so you can start patio season off right. [Image credit: iStock.com/Sean Pavone] 
Looking for a bleach alternative that isn’t terrifying? Maybe an all-purpose cleaner that won’t make you bat an eye when you find your toddler licking the countertop? There’s no doubt that the demand for all-natural, biodegradable, and chemical-free cleaning products is on the rise in TO. Lucky for us, the city is home to countless markets and shops with a ton of sustainable goods on offer.
We know, we know. Trying to find something excellent for your best pal while staying within the agreed-upon budget is just a big ol’ holiday can of worms. Lucky for us, Toronto is stocked with affordable and locally made treasures that cater to just about any hobby or taste. For this year’s gift exchange, check out these general stores, vintage spots, and specialty boutiques. [Photo courtesy of Northwood General]
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