The 5 Best Costume Rental Companies in New York City
Nothing sparks more childlike joy and imagination like dressing up in costume. And maybe you need to rent a costume for a party, a holiday, or your next artistic endeavor. If so, you know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options available to you. New York City, the show biz capital of the country (perhaps rivaled only by Los Angeles), has no lack of costume shops to peek into and explore. Here are just several of the top costume rental companies in New York City. We’ll also include photos from our favorite Peerspace listings in NYC perfect for parties and productions alike.
21st Street between 5th and 6th
Abracadabra NYC is one of the landmark costume rental companies in New York City. They offer a wide selection of costumes for all age groups, sizes, and interests. Abracadabra also has many services and offers to make your costume search effortless, no matter how specific. For example, they offer quick and easy tailoring to make sure the costume isn’t falling off or restricting in any way.
Abracadabra offers high-end costumes for more lucrative parties or productions. You can also walk in and buy packaged costumes at the moment. Additionally, Abracadabra will sell you their rental costumes if you find yourself falling in love with your rental. Trust us; this is a rare offer that no one anywhere else offers.
Of course, it’s not called Abracadabra for nothing since it’s a well-stocked magic shop that makes them all the more unique. If you can’t find time to go in person, their website is beautifully curated with all your options to rent so quickly it must be magic.
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 801
The Theater Development Fund created the Costume Collection 40 years ago, and it has been the favorite costume supplier for artists and designers ever since. Set in Manhattan’s Garment District, TDF is home to over 85,000 costumes from every time period. Only caveat? It only caters to art productions: film, television, dance, theater, digital media, art, and cultural productions. They do not rent out for Halloween or other types of parties.
The TDF is a non-profit whose mission is to offer accessibility to live theater and dance for everyone. If you are looking for a costume while working with a non-profit yourself, TDF is quick to provide you with discounts on your costume rental. No worries if you aren’t a non-profit, as they are happy to work with your production as well.
They offer additional services, such as having a costume professional help you while browsing their collection. TDF will also offer to mail you a variety of costumes for your production to try on. Their artistic spirit has landed them high on our list of best costume rental companies in New York City.
104 4th Ave and 808 Broadway
If you just want to party, then New York Costumes is the place to find what you need. It has the largest retail selection in New York, covering a city block with two floors. New York Costumes is located in the East Village and has been alive and kicking since 1981. Its specialty is mascots and all things Halloween, but don’t worry. You can definitely find your variety of fantasy costumes and period pieces here. Their friendly staff can help you find the best sizing for you, as well as with an easy exchange policy if needed.
Their costume selection is jam-packed with options. And they also have a fantastic selection of makeup and wigs, with a specialty in gore and horror makeup. They offer decorations and lighting equipment to throw the most talked about party of the year or create the spookiest haunted house. Everything will feel possible with a store of that size. Pair their options with an outstanding Peerspace party venue, and you’ve got yourself a legendary night for you and your guests.
530 Nepperhan Ave., Yonkers, NY 10701
Beyond Costumes is a bit further to get to in Yonkers, but it is still a notable fixture in the New York City theater scene. It was founded over 40 years ago and has over 20,000 costume options. Their selection also includes shoes, wigs, costume accessories, and make-up kits. They have costumes by vintage designers, straight off of Broadway pieces, and quality manufactured packages. Beyond Costumes is determined to be your one-stop shop, and that is why it has found a place as one of our best costume rental companies in New York City.
They offer alterations and are one of the few places that allow you to make the alterations yourself (as long as you don’t cut, of course). They offer consultations by appointment and a service in which they costume events for you — prom, parades, fundraisers, weddings, you name it. Plus, to make it even easier, if you have a theater production, they might already have the costumes for it. Check their list online. They cover everything from Grease to the Seussical. What are you waiting for?
3435 East Tremont Ave., Bronx
Last but not least is Frank Bee Costume. Its bright red store is found in The Bronx and has been around since 1957. It’s a local mainstay that includes an impressive online store for those that don’t live in New York City. They carry a vast selection of costumes and are quick to promote the most popular characters from your favorite movie or tv show. They are Party City on steroids with wigs, make-up, and party supplies to satisfy your party planning vision.
Frank Bee is kid-friendly, often hosting children’s events at their store and, of course, their diverse selection of costumes for tykes. What makes them stand out is their determination to beat the prices of any of their competitors. And if you can’t find the costume you want, they are willing to search for you. That kind of dedication makes Frank Bee Costume a crowd favorite.
Find an unforgettable costume in NYC today!
We hope these five best costume rental companies in New York City can find you what you need to fit your budget and event. Remember, if you need somewhere to throw your party, set up your performance, or shoot your music video, Peerspace can make it easy. All you have to do is search our website with thousands of unique venues available in a major city near you. And as you can see from the images above, we have plenty of incredible venue rentals in New York City to complement your new costume, no matter why you’re renting one to begin with.