The best costume stores in Quebec

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

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

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

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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