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6 San Francisco Halloween Shopping Spots to Die For

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In places known as "Not San Francisco," people can tack ears and a tail onto any ol' thing and call it a costume. In San Francisco, Halloween is the Super Bowl of costume parties, capping off a season packed with masquerade balls, foot races, parades, and festivals. Here, we dig through our costume trunks of wigs and hats and props, only to declare, "I have nothing to wear."

The Bay Area's firm commitment to costumes means that procrastination could lead to an epic Halloween fail. To save you from that type of eternal shame, we've rounded up the best costume shopping options in the city.


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Britex Fabrics

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For those who know how to sew, Britex has the best fabric selection in San Francisco. With four floors of fabrics, buttons, and notions, it is your best bet for finding the exact textile you need for your costume. Britex fabrics tend to run on the pricier side, so be sure to check the cost per yard before you fall in love with something.

Fantasy Clothing

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Another resource for costume sale and rentals, Fantasy Clothing Company maintains an alphabetized list of their rental costumes on their website, so you can figure out what you want to be before you walk into the store.

Costumes On Haight

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This is the kind of costume shop that you see in movies and swear, "Those types of places don't actually exist." You know, a shop that actually rents costumes? And they have an extensive selection. If you want something fancy and expensive that you'll never wear again, Costumes on Haight has you covered.

Piedmont Boutique

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Every trip into Piedmont Boutique triggers a fresh round of sensory overload. There are SO. MANY. SPARKLES. And tutus. And wigs. And crazy pants. If you can't make a costume happen in this store, maybe you weren't cut out for Halloween.

Held Over

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Technically a vintage store, Held Over is a well-priced, hyper-organized treasure trove of period costumes. This store doesn't just limit itself to descriptive decades; it offers genres within specific time periods as well. (e.g. '70s secretary, '60s bohemian) You'll also find an assortment of military looks (especially hats) and national origin outfits (dirndls, anyone?)

Cliff's Variety

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We include Cliff's in almost every roundup because the store truly lives up to its "variety" moniker. After 75 years in business, Cliff's knows how to stock for the San Francisco seasons, particularly Halloween. The craft and fabric side of the store offers well-made costumes and beefs up its fabric stock for the holiday. On the hardware side, you'll find an aisle dedicated to costume implements, with the cheaper costume-in-a-bag options and accessories that populate most of the pop-up costume shops around town. Cliff's is also a fantastic option for the DIY-ers who like to build large-scale costumes because you can find supplies like PVC pipe, wire, and bungee cords.

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Britex Fabrics

For those who know how to sew, Britex has the best fabric selection in San Francisco. With four floors of fabrics, buttons, and notions, it is your best bet for finding the exact textile you need for your costume. Britex fabrics tend to run on the pricier side, so be sure to check the cost per yard before you fall in love with something.

Fantasy Clothing

Another resource for costume sale and rentals, Fantasy Clothing Company maintains an alphabetized list of their rental costumes on their website, so you can figure out what you want to be before you walk into the store.

Costumes On Haight

This is the kind of costume shop that you see in movies and swear, "Those types of places don't actually exist." You know, a shop that actually rents costumes? And they have an extensive selection. If you want something fancy and expensive that you'll never wear again, Costumes on Haight has you covered.

Piedmont Boutique

Every trip into Piedmont Boutique triggers a fresh round of sensory overload. There are SO. MANY. SPARKLES. And tutus. And wigs. And crazy pants. If you can't make a costume happen in this store, maybe you weren't cut out for Halloween.

Held Over

Technically a vintage store, Held Over is a well-priced, hyper-organized treasure trove of period costumes. This store doesn't just limit itself to descriptive decades; it offers genres within specific time periods as well. (e.g. '70s secretary, '60s bohemian) You'll also find an assortment of military looks (especially hats) and national origin outfits (dirndls, anyone?)

Cliff's Variety

We include Cliff's in almost every roundup because the store truly lives up to its "variety" moniker. After 75 years in business, Cliff's knows how to stock for the San Francisco seasons, particularly Halloween. The craft and fabric side of the store offers well-made costumes and beefs up its fabric stock for the holiday. On the hardware side, you'll find an aisle dedicated to costume implements, with the cheaper costume-in-a-bag options and accessories that populate most of the pop-up costume shops around town. Cliff's is also a fantastic option for the DIY-ers who like to build large-scale costumes because you can find supplies like PVC pipe, wire, and bungee cords.