There is no excuse for the proverbial ghost costume fashioned from your old bed sheet! This year, be in with a shot at "Best Dressed" by heading to one of Sydney's 9 best costume and fancy dress shops.
From 1920s flappers to superheroes and fuzzy animals, we have you covered!
Carnvial & Party Warehouse
Whether you're after a complete Disney ensemble or several knick-knacks to top off your look, Glebe's Carnival & Party stock a large array of affordable costumes and party novelties. Their website also features a thorough online store for the time-poor.
Address: 4 Bridge Road, Glebe NSW 2037
Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9am-5:30pm; Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday 9am-5:30pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-2pm.
Dazzling Fancy Dress Costume Hire
Specialising in costume and accessory hire, Dazzling Fancy Dress cater to all sizes, styles, and occasions. The friendly staff are happy to help with your creative pursuits, and will source new products for those wanting something a little more exclusive!
Address: 568 Hume Hwy, Yagoona NSW 2199
Opening Hours: Monday 10am-7pm; Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday 10am-5pm; Thursday 10am-8pm; Sat: 10am-2pm.
North Shore Costumes
Boasting over 3000 costumes, North Shore Costumes has a fabulous collection of period outfits, cartoon characters and fancy dress. Owner Bunny Gibson is always happy to help, with advice on hosting the best themed party, as well as the most eye-catching designs.
Address: 161 Walker Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10.30am-5pm (Thursday 6pm close).
ABC Costume Hire
With a collection of over 45 000 items, ABC Costume Hire provides the most authentic and meticulously crafted period and contemporary garments, often supplying pieces for television, film and stage. Jump on their website for a handy list of costume ideas.
Address: Gate 7, 8 Lanceley Place, Artarmon NSW 2064
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am- 5:30pm (Thursday 7pm close); Saturday 10am-3pm.
Fancy That Costumes
From animal onesies to makeup and special effects, Fancy That Costumes has everything you need to master the art of dress up. The knowledgeable costumiers will help you piece together the perfect ensemble.
Address: Level 1 / 397 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest NSW 2065
Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11am-7pm; Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.
Snog The Frog
At Snog the Frog all themes are well covered—from the 1920s to the Renaissance, Andy Warhol, Star Wars, and Amy Winehouse, there is something to suit every taste or whim!
Address: 10 Hart Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Opening Hours: Monday 11am-7pm; Tuesday-Wednesday 11am-6pm; Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4:30pm.
Sydney Fancy Dress
For over two decades, Sydney Fancy Dress has supplied affordable costumes and accessories to the partying public. With a seamstress on hand, costumes can be altered or customised—so you're guaranteed to look fabulous for your next costumed event!
Address: 2/10 Waratah Road, Engadine NSW 2233
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm; Saturday 9:30am-4pm.
For those with a penchant for vintage frocks, groovy sunglasses, or second-hand garments, Mister Stinky is your haven! An outlet for creativity and wonder, the deceptively small space carries an abundance of colour, with everything from fashion faux pas to life-size fruit costumes.
Address: 482 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-6pm (Thursday 7pm close); Saturday 12pm-5pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm.
The Costume Shop
There is no need to be carelessly dressed; The Costume Shop will sort you out via their extensive collection of outrageous outfits. With a great range of accessory items, hats, masks, and wigs available to purchase, The Costume Shop has everything you need to finish off your outfit in style.
Address: 19, 198-222 Young Street, Waterloo NSW 2017
Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am-6pm; Wednesday 11am-4pm; Thursday 10am-7pm; Saturday 11am-4pm.