Year-round Central and Northern California Costume Stores
It isn't hard to find costumes at Halloween time---they're everywhere you turn, from party shops to discount warehouses...and at your local supermarket or pharmacy! But, what about the other 11 months of the year? If you need costumes for a masquerade party, Renaissance fair, school production or holiday when not many people use costumes...well, it can be tricky to find them. On this page, you'll discover what some of your local options might be.
Which type of costume stores are on this list?
Costume stores which sell a general variety of disguises were included on this list. Not all costume stores include a selection appropriate for Halloween or masquerade party-goers, though. Examples of types of costume stores omitted from this list include dance costume stores, costume designers working solely with professionals, wig shops, magic shops, etc.
For example, a dance costume shop which also includes a section of costumes suitable for the general public WOULD be found on this list. If the dance store ONLY sells costumes for rehearsals and recitals, then it would NOT be.
Another requirement is for the costume store to have a website. It doesn't need to be fancy, and it doesn't need the capability to actually sell costumes online. However, having some type of a website is important to protect would-be customers from making a long drive "for nothing." Costume shops, unlike other types of stores, vary widely in what they carry. For example, not all carry vintage clothing; some offer only rentals (or only costumes for-sale.) Since costume shops are relatively scarce (and driving to them often involves traveling a bit of a distance,) it's important to customers to be able to see in advance which costume stores MIGHT have something they'd like...and which definitely would not.
As a result, not every Central and Northern California costume store is listed below. But, hopefully, the stores which met the qualifications for making it onto the list will suit your needs and serve you well!
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Directory of Northern and Central CA year-round costume shops
Alameda Co year-round costume shops
Pleasanton: Encore Theatrical and Costumes, address is 5556 Springdale Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94588 (in the JC Penney Plaza by the Stoneridge Mall.) The Encore costume store's phone number is 925-463-2140. Year-round costume shop for all holidays, dancewear and dramatic productions. Other locations in Fremont and Walnut Creek. Member National Costumers Assoc. Website: www.Encoreonstage.com
Pleasanton: Boswell's Party Store, address, 3160 Santa Rita Road; phone 925-461-3000. Website: www.BoswellsParty.com Year-round. Other locations available; please see the Boswell store listing in the Contra Costa Co section (below.)
Contra Costa Co year-round costume shops
El Sobrante: Costume Corner, address is 3820A San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803; phone number (510) 222-9200. Halloween costumes, Christmas costumes, Easter, period clothing, dancewear. Year-round; closed Sundays and Mondays. Here's a link to the Costume Corner store website.
Lafayette: Boswell's Party Store, phone number is 925-284-9150; address is 3483 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549. Costumes and accessories along with party supplies. Website: www.BoswellsParty.com(Other locations in Danville, 1901 Camino Ramon; phone, 925-866-1644. In Pleasanton: 3160 Santa Rita Road; phone 925-461-3000. In Pacheco: 5759 Pacheco Blvd; phone 925-676-3092)
Walnut Creek: Encore Theatrical store, address is 1845 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598; phone number is 925-932-1001. Year-round costum, dancewear and theatrical supply shop. Other locations in Fremont/Newark area and in Pleasanton. Website is http://encoreonstage.com
Kern County Costume Stores
Bakersfield: Fantasy Frocks Costumes, address is 1928 17th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301; phone number, (661) 324-2673.Year-round costume store; closed weekends. For further info, please see the Fantasy Frocks Facebook page.
Bakersfield: Bakersfield Workwear and Costumes, address is 323 Roberts Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93308; phone is 661/549-0683. By appointment only most of the year; walk-ins welcome during October. Costumes are available year-round; both rentals and for sale in sizes ranging from infants to adult extra-large. Used costumes make up part of the inventory, and you can sell your used costumes (in good condition) here, too. Here are the Bakersfield Workwear and Costumes website, and the Bakersfield Workwear and Costumes Facebook page for further details.
Marin Co year-round costume shops
San Rafael: Fantasy Clothing Co, has moved to San Francisco. Website is: http://www.fantasyclothingco.com/, or see the store's listing below in the "San Francisco" section.
San Rafael: The Belrose Theater Costume Shop, address is 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, Ca 94901; phone number is (415) 454-6422. High-quality costume rentals; many one-of-a-kind items. Props, accessories and Venetian masks for rent, as well. Makeup available for purchase to complete your "look." Here's The Belrose Costume Shop's website for further details.
Sacramento, Placer & Yolo County year-round costume shops
Carmichael: Grand Illusions, address, 7704 Fair Oaks Blvd; Carmichael, CA. 95608; phone number is 916-944-4708. Hours: 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Year-round store. Magic, novelties, juggling, clowning, puppets and costumes. Here is the Grand Illusions website.
Sacramento: Decades Costumes, phone number (916) 920-0932; address, 2004 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95815. Over 10,000 rental costumes and vintage clothing pieces. All items are for sale, as well; but since many are one-of-a-kind high-quality articles, prices will be higher than mass-produced costumes. Hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 am to 4 pm; Fridays, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. Here is the Decades Costumes website.
Sacramento: Evangeline's, address is 113 K Street, Old Sacramento, CA 95814; phone number is (916) 443-2181. The gift, toy and novelty section of this store is open year-round. The store's costume section is open to walk-in visitors from August through October every year. For other times of the year, you may get assistance with your costuming needs by appointment. Website: Evangeline's store website.
West Sacramento: I Wannabe Costumes, located near Old Sacramento. Call between 10 am & 8 pm, Mondays thru Saturdays to make an appointment; phone number is (916) 371-0901. Large inventory for all occasions & holidays, plus tux & formal rentals. Website: www.iwantabecostumes.com
San Francisco year-round costume shops
San Francisco: American Conservatory Theater's Costume Shop, address is 415 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. The theater's costume shop features rentals of high-quality costumes built up over the past 35 years of productions. Costumes are fitted to each client and alterations are done (included in rental price.) Individuals as well as group productions are welcome. By appointment only; call 415/439-2379. Here's the A.C.T. Costume Rentals website for further details.
San Francisco: Costumes on Haight: address is 735 Haight St, San Francisco, CA, 94117. Costumes on Haight's phone number is 415-621-1356. Year-round store featuring both the familiar and the unexpected. Member of National Costumers Association. Hours: Hours: 12 noon to 6 pm on Sundays; 11 am to 7 pm on Mondays thru Saturdays. Website: www.costumesonhaight.com
San Francisco: Fantasy Clothing Co, address is 1275 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103; phone number is 415-556-9900.Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 11 am to 6 pm, plus Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. (Open Daily in October.) Year-round costume rentals and sales for all occasions and holidays (including bunny suits for Easter & Santa/elf clothing for Christmas.) Other items sold include masks, wigs, makeup & hats. Website is: http://www.fantasyclothingco.com/
San Francisco: Foxy Lady Boutique, address 2644 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110; phone number (415) 285-4980. Specialist in flirty adult costumes, along with clothing and lingerie. Website: www.foxyladyboutique.com
San Francisco: SF Party, address, 939 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94131; phone number, (415) 931-9393. Year-round party store with a selection of costumes, accessories, masks, hats, wigs & props available for sale. Here's the www.sfparty.com website, plus the "SF One Stop Party Shop" Facebook page.
San Joaquin Co year-round costume stores
Lodi: Costumes in Lodi, address is 531 W. Lodi Ave, Lodi, CA 95240. Costumes in Lodi phone number is 209-369-7343. This year-round costume shop offers both rental costumes as well as costumes for sale. Looking for something totally unique? Costumes in Lodi can made you a one-of-a-kind outfit, too! Hours: Open Mondays thru Fridays from 10 AM to 5:30 PM; Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM; and the store is closed Sundays and major holidays. Website: www.costumesinlodi.com
San Luis Obispo Co costume stores
San Luis Obispo: Costume Capers, address is 2146 Parker Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401; phone number, (805) 544-2373. Year-round costume & party store featuring costume rentals and sales, plus masks, makeup, prosthetics and props. To view photos and get details, please see the Costume Capers page on Facebook.
San Mateo County year-round costume shops
Redwood City: House of Humor, address is 747 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063. The House of Humor phone number is (650) 368-5524. Year round costumes, masks, makeup and accessories for the whole family. Large wig collection. Member of National Costumers Assoc. Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm. Website is www.thehouseofhumor.com/
San Carlos: Cynthia's Costumes, address is 1313 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070; phone number, (650) 367-5036. Website: www.cynthiascostumes.com Costume rentals, plus a variety of other services including planned children's parties, murder mystery parties and costumed photo sessions. No credit cards accepted. Call in advance for appointment.
Santa Clara County Year-round costume shops
Los Altos: Assistance League Costume Bank, address is 169 State Street, Los Altos, CA 94022; phone number is (650) 941-2610. This shop is the primary fund-raising activity for the Los Altos Assistance League. Costume rentals year-round, plus sales of costume accessories. The Costume Bank has limited hours: Wednesdays thru Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm. Here's the Assistance League Costume Bank's website.
Los Gatos: Affordable Treasures, address is 15795 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032; phone number is (408) 356-3101. Open 7 days a week year-round. Hours: Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. thru 7:00 p.m; Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (with extended hours in October and December.) Affordable Treasures carries a selection of costumes, plus party supplies, school supplies and arts & crafts. Since 1986. Here's the Affordable Treasures store website.
Mountain View: Fun House Theatrical Costumes, address is 620 National Ave Mountain View, CA 94043. The Fun House costume store's phone number is 650-428-1755. Year round. Hours: Mondays thru Fridays, 11am to 7:30pm; and, Saturdays, 11am-5pm; closed Sundays. Costumes for all holidays and occasions, along with make up, wigs, props, masks and accessories. Website: www.funhousetheatrical.com
San Jose: Natasha's Attic, address is 1238 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128 (between Downing and Stokes); phone number is (408) 286-7368. Open 12 months of the year with costumes (including theatrical costumes), makeup, wigs and all sorts of accessories. Both sales and rentals. Hours: Mondays thru Fridays, 10:30 am to 7 pm; Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm; and closed on Sundays. Website: www.natashasattic.com
San Jose: Park Place Vintage clothing & costume rentals, address is 1318 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125. The Park Place phone number is (408) 294-9893. Year round store. Hours: Closed on Mondays; Tuesdays thru Saturdays, 11 am to 6 pm; and Sundays, 1 pm to 5 pm. Website: www.parkplacevintage.com
San Jose: Victoria's Dance and Costume store, address 1921 West San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95128; phone number is (408) 295-9316. Year-round dance wear and costume shop. Member National Costumers Association. Hours (for San Jose location only) are: Mondays thru Fridays, 10am to 7 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm; and Sundays, 12 noon to 4 pm. Website: www.victoriasdancecostume.com
Sunnyvale: Debbie Lyn's Costumes, address is 822 E Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087; phone number for Debbie Lyn's costume store 408-245-8720. Hours: 10 am to 6 pm, Monday thru Saturday; closed Sundays.Extended hours in October. Member National Costumers Association. Wide variety of costumes for rent or purchase...and you may try them on before deciding. Sizes from babies to adult plus-size. Want to be unique? Debbie Lyn's Costumes will make you a costume to your specifications! Website: www.dlcostumes.com
Santa Cruz Co year-round costume stores
Capitola: Woodworm Party Store, address is 827 Bay Ave, Capitola, CA 95010; phone number, 831-462-0455. Year-round party store which features adult & child costumes, accessories, wigs and masks for sale. For further info, here's the Woodworm Party Store's Facebook page.
Santa Cruz: Woodworm Party Store, address is 1118 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; phone number 831-471-2212. 2nd location of the Woodworm Party Store which originated in Capitola. For further info, here's the Woodworm Party Store's Facebook page.
Santa Cruz: Victoria's Dance and Costume, address is 916 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Phone number is (831) 469-9316. Year-round supplier of costumes for rent and purchase, plus dance wear. Member National Costumers Assoc. Store hours for the Santa Cruz location only: Mondays thru Fridays, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturdays, noon to 6 pm; and Sundays, noon to 4 pm. Website: www.victoriasdancecostume.com
Watsonville: M & M Party Rentals, address is 1046 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville, CA 95076; phone number is (831) 728-8405. Business hours: Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:30PM; closed Sundays. Here's the M & M Party Rental & Supply Company's website. In addition to party rental supplies, M & M's has a year-round costume rental department with over 800 selections in it.
Shasta County Costume store
Redding: The Humor Shop, address 1524 Market Street, Redding, CA 96002; phone number is 520-222-6499. Year-round novelty store with costumes, accessories, wigs, masks, theatrical makeup and holiday decor items for sale. Selection of rental costumes available. Here's The Humor Shop's Facebook page for details & photos of the store's selection of merchandise.
Solano County year-round costume stores
Benicia: Lottie Ballou Costumes & More, phone number 707-747-9433; address, 940 Tyler St, Benicia, CA 94510. Hours: Wednesday, Noon to 7 pm; Saturday, Noon to 6 pm; Sundays, noon until 5 pm (longer hours near Halloween.) For appointments at other times, call 707-373-0610. 18 years providing quality costume rentals in Benicia; "if we don't have it, we'll track it down!" Old-time sepia photos using our costumes, vintage costume jewelry and new real gemstone jewelry. Website is www.lottieballou.com
Sonoma County year-round costume stores
Santa Rosa: Disguise the Limits, address is 100 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. This location is at Railroad Square; entrance is on Wilson. Phone number for the costume sales dept is (707) 575-1477, and the costume rental dept phone number is (707) 528-2590. Year round. Member of National Costumers Association. Website is www.disguisethelimit.com