Shopping & Style

October 11 2017

A Frightfully Fantastic Halloween! Costumes, Accessories and Makeup in Gastown.


As Thanksgiving memories fade into the mist, thoughts of Halloween emerge, taking shape into dark, haunting creatures ready to own the night!

With the big scary weekend about only two weeks away, Gastown is the place to get outfitted, painted and decked out in deliciously goulish garb and makeup. There are some fantastic stores that come alive, particularly at this time of year.

Summon your creative spirits from within and go to town on the neighbourhood. Costumes, accessories, vintage, latex, masks, wigs, weird stuff, sharp nails and professional full makeup sessions can all be found in Gastown.


Deadly Couture is for those who wish to delve into the netherworld of Halloween costumes. One of the most unique shops in the neighborhood, Deadly Couture is stocked with a diverse mix of alternative and gothic styles, suitable for Halloween or dressing to show your darker side. On the upper floor, you’ll find walls of frilly costumes, intricate lace and printed tights, tutus & crinoline skirts, and wigs of practically every colour. Deadly Couture’s lower level houses more fetish-inclined merchandise from latex costumes to neon pigmented makeup and hair dye.


New World Designs has been operating for 28 years, specializing in alternative, pin up, burlesque, vintage inspired, retro and rockabilly clothing and accessories. There are lots of costume ideas that can come to life at New World like 40 ‘s – 50’s characters, Mad Men, Pin ups, Dia de Los Muertos, Zombie burlesque dancer, Grease and Rocky Horror. It’s a fun shop and the service is top notch. The clothing can be worn well after Halloween, so it’s a good investment for your wardrobe as well as covering your costume list.


Community Thrift and Vintage is like opening up an old trunk that one has discovered in the attic. It’s full of treasures – weird hats, neckwear, retro frocks, sequined tops, body suits, leather pants, rustic leather bags, and old-fashioned shoes that you can choose from to create your own vintage inspired costume or character. The prices are fair and everything is a one off, so dig deep and leave no stone unturned. All profits go to support lower income residents in the DTES.


Salmagundi and Uniques Collectibles, located side by side on West Cordova, are almost like film sets right out of a Hitchcock movie or Twilight Zone episode. They both house treasure troves full of things that are bizarre, rare or odd. Salmagundi sells Victorian paper masks and costumes, Halloween curios and cards and many other interesting collectibles, perfect for the witching hour to come.


At Uniques, you’ll find a pleasant assortment of vintage and antique jewelry; adornments that may just add that sparkling finishing touch to your costume.


Kimprints is not only a custom framing shop but, oh so much more! This floor to ceiling stuffed shop is loaded with tons of awesome gifts and Halloween items. They sell many different rubber, paper and plastic masks (with such characters as unicorns, zebras, and black horses!) including fun fake mustaches, zombie t-shirts and other fun, weird things. If you plan on sprucing up your space or buying seasonal gifts, the shop also carries funky hanging décor, greeting cards, kids jewellery and other Halloween knick-knacks like mini pumpkin holders, spider stands, spooky toy eyeballs and slinky glasses.


For Halloween nails: Queens provides incredible nail design way beyond the basic single – colour or French mani, offering super creative nail art for those who want only the best.

 For Halloween makeup: the talented students at John Casablancas are now taking bookings to transform you into whatever character you choose. Check out their site for previous work.
Contact: with a detailed description of what you would like to get done.

For an idea of what JCI students are creating right now check out #JCI31DaysofHorror as the wicked countdown continues!