Its October! Alongside all things fall, like pumpkin spice lattes, cosy sweaters and hiking season, it means it’s almost time for Halloween. While the pandemic may have tamped down celebrations last year, this year, we are getting back at it! If you are looking for the most innovative, attractive or frightening costumes, we have it all.
With this comprehensive list, you can all types of costumes for yourself, your kids or your pets. From Squid Game to Money Heist costumes, or classic cosplays like vampires, pirates or nuns, we’ve got you covered.
The OG place for Halloween supplies and any of your costume-related needs is Pottinger Street. This steep cobblestone lane with lots of little stalls and shops in the back, has everything you can imagine. All year round, you’ll find wigs, feather boas, decorative masks, flower crowns, animal ears… the list is endless. And all at a decent price! During Halloween season, the street is particularly buzzing. You can find full costumes and pick up extra make-up or accessories if you venture into the shops behind the stalls. We recommend Choi Chi Gift Shop in particular!
Pottinger Street (between Des Voeux Rd Central and Connaught Rd Central), Central
Also conveniently located in Central, Partyland has a wide range of men’s, women’s and kids’ costumes. Superheroes, movie stars, cartoons, animals and career costumes are just some of the categories of outfits they store. They also do bespoke costumes, if you are interested in standing out amongst the crowd or bringing a specific idea to life. If you are on a budget, you can consider renting the outfits instead. And in terms of accessories, they have masks, glasses, wigs, party props, hats and much, much more! Whether you’re looking to be sexy, silly or scary, Partyland has all your dressing up needs.
B/F, 51 Wellington St, Central | Whatsapp +852 9843 0638 or email [email protected]
With costumes for kids and adults, Fun e Costume is another great option for those looking to clothe the entire family. They also have some very terrifying options such as clown, zombie and even Donald Trump masks, along with the regular collection of Halloween outfits. Their funny collection of adult and kids costumes includes gems such as donut, Crayola crayons or beer costumes and characters like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Goku, and Thanos. Check out their Facebook page for a comprehensive selection before you head out to Lai Chi Kok.
Rm 33, C10-11, 1/F, Hong Kong Industrial Centre Block C, 489-491 Castle Peak Rd, Lai Chi Kok | +852 9075 3530
Another gem which has a huge assortment of dress up and party paraphernalia is Matteo. With a physical shop in Causeway Bay and a very comprehensive online store, you will find anything you can imagine, from make-up to scary Halloween costumes! They have a large catalogue and innovative products such as personalized face masks or facial hair for those who want to be comfortable and not go too big. They cater to people of all ages, so your baby to your teen will all be happy. The prices are definitely on the steeper side, but the quality and attention to detail are evident.
2003-04, 20/F, Shun Hei Causeway Bay Tower, 492 Lockhart Rd, Causeway Bay | WhatsApp or call +852 9578 8980 or email [email protected]
If you are in luck and looking to truly wow, you can rent costumes out of the Academy of Performing Arts’ collection! You can contact the APA via their website to request to view their catalogue, and then schedule an appointment to try them out! Not only will you have a one of a kind costume, you are also supporting the environment by reducing consumption. While this will be a bit heavy on your wallet, with rentals ranging from HK$1500 to HK$2000 in past years, it will definitely have the drama and intrigue you’d want for a special Halloween night.
1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai | +852 2584 8833
This shop tucked away in Tsim Sha Tsui offers adult costumes for rent or sale and has a wide range of options. Kids costumes are for sale only, and include all kinds of animals, clowns and superheroes. They also have a range of dancewear options, including tutus, performance outfits and shoes – a great option if you’re looking to be a dancer for Halloween! They also offer options to do customized or bespoke costumes if there is something on your mind that you need realized.
Room 202, 2/F, 23 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | WhatsApp +852 9149 4485
Whether you’re looking for costumes or just a fancy outfit, Remy has got you covered. They do custom-made as well as alterations if you are looking for that perfect ‘fit. As only a sample of their outfits and costumes are uploaded on the website, you can also reach out to get details about their full stock if you aren’t ready to commit to a fully customized costume. With some really cool accessories including novelty hats or wigs and themed costumes such as 60’s era, traditional Chinese clothing, and disco, Remy Fashion Clothing is definitely worth checking out.
Unit B02, 10/F, Kwai Shing Industry Building, 36 – 46 Tai Lin Pai Road, Kwai Chung | +852 2524 8847 or email [email protected]
Everyone’s favourite toy store is another spot to pick up Halloween costumes for your kids. With classics including Disney princesses or Star Wars-inspired get-ups, your kid is sure to be able to find their favourite character. They also have a number of career costumes, so your child can pretend to be the firefighter, nurse or astronaut they’ve always dreamed of being. Unfortunately, it’s kids only, and you know you will be eyeing your kid’s costumes with envy!
Locations around Hong Kong
For a greener Halloween for your kids, check out Retykle’s costume swap. With 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste (approximately 83 million plastic bottles) being created in the UK during Halloween in 2019 alone, we should all do our part to keep costumes in the cycle and out of the landfill. So grab the costumes your kids have grown out of and bring them to the Retykle store to swap for free (or pay HK$50 for a costume if you don’t have anything to swap) to get a pre-loved costume for your kids! This swap runs every year from Oct 4th until Oct 31st, and they are accepting costumes at the Retykle studio until Oct 15th.
8/F, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Sing Teck Building, Wong Chuk Hang | Visit the website for more details
The largest e-commerce platform in the world is also a great place to start searching for cosplays and scary items. Amazon has a large catalogue of costumes, masks, make-up and other accessories to make your Halloween party unique… and mysterious! Also, if you’re a fan of Netflix’s latest thriller show, Squid Game, and you’re up for a cosplay this Halloween, you will find all the outfits there!
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