1. Value Village
Known as the ultimate treasure hunt, this mega thrift store doesn’t disappoint in the Halloween department. In fact, it’s made a name for itself as one of Canada’s leading costume stores. With something to match every price range, there are new costumes and accessories for kids and adults and, of course, rack after rack of used clothing for those looking to make something special on their own. If a zombie bride is on your mind, check out the used wedding dresses. If it’s something retro you’re seeking, dive into some of the dated jeans and workout wear. The staff are all about Halloween, too, dressing up every day in October, so feel free to seek their sage advice when it comes to creating a one-of-a-kind getup.
Capitalizing on Halloween spirit, Walmart is your go-to spot for, well, everything. Choose from prepackaged costumes for every member of your family, from Olaf to Tinkerbell to Minions. Don’t forget to pick up some Halloween candy and spooky decor to delight your little trick-or-treaters.
Everyone’s favourite craft store stocks a hearty selection of costumes for kids and pets, including all the supplies you might need to make a perfectly Pinterest-inspired guise. There’s felt for masks, tulle for tutus and glitter, pompoms and just about everything you need for a good old-fashioned DIY costume. There are new coupons out each week, so be sure to check the website before you shop to save up to 50 percent off select items.
4. Spirit Halloween Store
This pop-up shop has tons of tricks and treats in store for all Halloween enthusiasts who dare to enter. There are Dora the Explorer, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates costumes for toddlers, and inflatable sumo wrestler, juicy hot dog and period costumes—from ancient Egyptian robes to ’50s poodle skirts—for kids. If there isn’t one near you, be sure to check the online store for accessories like wigs, fangs, spooky decor and getups for the whole family.
5. Shoppers Drug Mart
You might be thinking cold and flu medicine, vitamins and snacks for your usual run to Shoppers, but don’t underestimate its ever-rotating holiday aisle. The store stocks a mean selection of candy and costumes—perfect for catering that last-minute costume change your little one will inevitably make. Plus, Shoppers Optimum Points mean you can either earn or spend your points (win-win!).
6. Costume Super Centre
If online shopping is more your style, check out this all-things-dress-up site. Offering same-day shipping on the day your order is placed (Monday to Friday by 4 p.m. EST), this one-stop shop carries every kind of character costume your tot could dream of, from Despicable Me and Star Wars to Frozen and Monster High. And it’s well stocked with every kind of accessory, too. Corncob pipe? Check. Wand? Got it. Foam butt? You better believe it.
7. Once Upon a Child
Offering gently used items for your little one, Once Upon a Child will help you save money. You can trade in last-year’s costume for cash and shop racks brimming with Halloween gear for this year’s perfect ensemble. There are deals to be had: A $50 Disney Store costume might retail for $10, depending on the location you visit. Get ready for a fun search.