Somehow the second week of October is upon us, and Halloween is just around the corner. Though our costume stress levels are on the rise, we've still got some time to hunt for the biggest, boldest, most bad-ass costume we can get our hands on before we're left with the dregs—think Spencer Pratt or last year's Sarah Palin mask. We think this is the year to be over-the-top, so we've put together the holy grail of New York costume shops offering the most one-of-a-kind goods that will set you apart from the crowds of trick-or-treaters this Hallow's Eve. Beware: These locales do not cater to the faint of heart. From custom gear to rad rentals, we assure you these spots will outfit you to a haunted T—whether you want to step back into the Edwardian Era or try your hand at Gaga 2.0.
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Our picks of the 3 Best Halloween costume haunts in New York City:
1. Creative Costumes: This store designs and manufactures its own costumes that will blow your mind. Located in the Fashion District, Creative Costumes offers custom creations as well as racks upon racks of stock divided by type and period that are available for purchase and 48-hour rental, making it the ultimate dress-up destination.
Creative Costumes, 242 West 36th Street, 8th Floor (between 7th and 8th avenues); 212-564-5552.
2. Frankie Steinz: Film and TV costume designer Frankie Stein creates high-end, custom costumes in addition to offering an extensive list of rentals that will delight even the most discerning Halloween shopper.
Frankie Steinz, 24 Harrison Street (at Greenwich Street); 212-925-1373.
3. New York Costumes: This Halloween super store spans an entire city block and will have everything you need from bits and pieces for you DIY-ers to entire ready-to-wear costumes available in a range of prices.
New York Costumes, 808 Broadway (at East 12th Street); 212-673-4546.