The best costume stores in Quebec

Go costume crazy with our picks for the best costume stores in Quebec.

CRÉATIONS FACE-À-FACES
Master costume designer Patrick Lavallée has created the largest and most luxurious collections of New France costumes – we’re talking tricorn hats, frock coats and fitted vests. They’ve even been the official provider for Quebec City’s “Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France” for 17 years. Get in on the action by renting one of their 2,000 costumes — mostly adult, but small sizes fit older kids — available for this Halloween season. 225 AV EUGÈNE- LAMONTAGNE, QUEBEC CITY. 418-522-4087; COSTUME123.COM

IMAGINAIRE
This massive 8,000-square- foot warehouse (staffed by 40 enthusiastic employees), is home to Halloween costumes, yes, but also comic books, T-shirts, action figures, role-playing gear, board games and medieval weapons. Don’t think they’re not big softies at heart, however, as their kids’ costumes are as cute as they come — check out Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and Sesame Street’s Elmo. 2740 BLV. LAURIER, SAINTE-FOY. 418-658-5639; IMAGINAIRE.COM

JOSEPH PONTON COSTUMES
In business since 1865, Joseph Ponton was a barber who bought French actors’ costumes when they returned to Europe. Today the store sells 15,000 costumes plus accessories to bigger kids and grown-ups, including some modern-day faves Ponton wouldn’t even recognize: Jack Sparrow, Elmo and Harry Potter are 2012 picks. 480 ST-FRANÇOIS-XAVIER ST., MONTREAL. 514-849-3238; PONTONCOSTUMES.COM

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