1. Ripsters Halloween Shop
Everyone from babies to puppies can get their Halloween on at Ripsters. Owned by diehard Halloween fans, this shop has a great selection of fake moustaches, beards, makeup and everything you might need to put the finishing touches on your costume—including a Superman cape and inflatable guitar. If your wee babe frightens easily, skip the store and shop online.
103 Chain Lake Drive, Bayers Lake, N.S., 902-450-0800
2. Lloyd’s of Moncton
With more than 3,000 costumes to sift through, Lloyd’s has been serving all of New Brunswick’s party and special events needs for more than 25 years. Choose from Star Trek gear to princess and pirate costumes. After a fake nose, ears or eyes? You’re in luck! Lloyd’s has every accessory you could possibly need.
770 Mountain Road, Moncton, N.B., 506-857-8554
3. Halloween Central
With three locations throughout Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia (Truro, Nova Scotia; Summerside and Charlottetown, PEI), this locally owned franchise offers costumes for everyone from infants to adults, including plus sizes. Because it’s a seasonal store, locations vary from year to year, but the great selection of spooky decor, wigs, hats and masks never wavers. Expert staff are happy to help with whatever you’re looking for, no matter how cute, funny or scary. The best part? Every Saturday, take 25 percent off that week’s selected themes (announced on the store’s Facebook page).
4. Ginger’s Dancewear
Don’t let the name fool you: This dance shop stocks plenty of Halloween-themed tutus for little ballerinas and fairies to pirouette door-to-door during the witching hour. Be sure to grab face paint and makeup while you’re here to complete the transformation.
51 Keltic Drive, Sydney, N.S., 902-539-4715
5. Glow Parties
If your little one has his sights on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Skylanders or zombie banana costume (hey, we can think of crazier things), it’s time to visit Glow Parties. It’s the one-stop spot for all things Halloween. There are nearly 200 costumes for kids, but there are plenty of options for adults, too.
Multiple locatons in Nova Scotia, 902-443-4569