Costume shops in NKY: It’s not too late to buy a Halloween costume

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Halloween is less than three weeks away, so hopefully you’ve got a costume!

If not, we’ve got your back. Here are five costume shops in Northern Kentucky that are worth checking out.

Costume Gallery
638 Monmouth St., Newport

Costume Gallery’s storefront. Photo by Charles Infosino | LINK nky

Costume Gallery was established in 1996 and is open all year round. Joy Galbraith and her daughter, Elizabeth Galbraith, own the store. The business sells and rents costumes.

There are four aspects to their business: masquerade and Halloween, theatrical, film, and custom work. The masquerade and Halloween costumes have five categories: pirates and wenches, Halloween (which includes wizards), theme parties (including celebrities), Renaissance, and correct period attire (Western wear, the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s) costumes.

Rental costumes require a credit or debit card for security. They advise people wishing to rent costumes to know their accurate measurements, know their dates, and order early. The company offers similar services to theatrical and film clients. Costume Gallery provides theatrical costumes for film or television production.

Costume Gallery does business with film and theater companies. Photo provided | Costume Gallery

Costume Gallery has the costumes for approximately 60 shows including “A Christmas Carol,” “Grease,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Costume Gallery has a large onsite workroom and does custom work; they offer seamstress and wardrobe assistants for films, television, commercials, print shoots, industrial videos, conventions, corporate, and special events. Call for Halloween hours.

Party City
7646 Mall Road, Florence

Party City’s storefront. Photo by Charles Infosino | LINK nky

Party City is a part of a national retail chain of stores that sell Halloween costumes and accessories, Halloween decorations, party supplies, candy, bakeware, and more. They sell costumes all year round. The Florence Square Shopping Center offers Halloween costumes, costume accessories, Halloween decorations, Halloween party supplies, wigs, masks, makeup, and Halloween props.

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Party City sells adult, children’s, baby, and dog Halloween costumes in-store and online. They also offer Halloween costumes for couples, groups, and families. Their character costumes from television shows include “The Mandalorian,” “Squid Game,” “Stranger Things,” “The Simpsons,” and classic Mickey & Minnie Mouse costumes. Party City has eight categories of costumes: girls, boys, women, men, family and group, plus-size, baby, and pet. Some of their most popular adult costumes are Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Jurassic World inflatable costumes, Hocus Pocus witches, Pennywise, Mandalorian, and 1920s Flappers and Gangsters.

Some of their most popular kids’ costumes include Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, glow-in-the-dark skeletons, witches, Disney zombies, fairies, and ninjas. The store has a large selection of indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations, Halloween inflatables, animatronics, and lights. Their hours are Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Photo by Charles Infosino | LINK nky

Spirit Halloween
Two locations at 2787 Town Center Boulevard, Crestview Hills, and 7888 Connector Drive, Florence

Spirit Halloween’s storefront. Photo provided | Spirit Halloween

Spirit Halloween has more than 1,400 stores in the United States, making it the largest Halloween retailer in North America. The company has locations in NKY. The stores sell Halloween costumes, animatronics, decorations, and props. They sell ten categories of Halloween costumes: women, men, girls, boys, baby, toddler, plus-size, couples, group and family, and themed. Spirit Halloween offers wigs, masks, weapons and armor, Halloween and costume makeup, costume hats, costume props, costume jewelry, fake glasses and decorative eyewear, and trick-or-treat bags.

Some of their more popular costumes come from “Fortnite,” “Hocus Pocus,” Disney princesses, “Ghostbusters,” “Chucky,” “Trick ‘r Treat,” “Killer Klowns From Outer Space,” “Miraculous Ladybug,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “The Haunted Mansion,” “Beetlejuice,” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” They are offering new costumes this year from “Dino Ranch,” “Bluey,” “Encanto,” “The Incredibles,” “Ted Lasso,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Squid Game,” and “Yellowstone.” Both stores are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Theater House
400 West 3rd Street, Covington

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Theater House’s storefront. Photo provided | Theater House

Theater House is a theatrical and Halloween supply shop. Marty Boyer and David Heidrich own the business. They are a year-round business. There is a slight focus on theater versus licensed costumes. The store sells costumes from 22 different shows including “The Addams Family,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” They sell a wide variety of adult and children’s costumes including Egyptian, Hawaiian, heroes and villains, pirates, Renaissance, Roman, and storybook characters.

The most popular women’s costumes are witches, princesses, and 1920s Flapper Girl. The most popular men’s costumes are the Scream mask and the Michael Myers mask. Princess costumes are the most popular costumes for girls. Vampire, Frankenstein, and cowboy costumes are the most popular costumes for boys.

Theater House sells a multitude of masks. Photo provided | Theater House

They have over ten thousand items, including wigs, costumes, makeup, fabric, and latex masks. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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