Go Metro Weekends, Halloween costume edition


Photo by Stefernie via flickr/CC

Need help planning your Halloween costume? Whether you’ve been making sketches for months, or prefer the last-minute approach, never fear–Metro is here! We’ve researched “The Best Costume Shops in L.A.” and picked out those that are easily accessible via Metro bus or rail.

When it comes to the type of merchandise offered, the stores below run the gamut: you can spend $60+ to rent a historical costume with a Hollywood pedigree, or go the bargain route with thrift store finds or pre-packaged threads. Click the links to explore what each store has to offer before hopping on the bus or train.

And if you can’t think of a costume, you can always come to us for ideas. Let’s see, there’s the classic orange local bus, the Metro rail system map, Expo Phase II and Foothill Extension for BFFs or couples, and of course: pizza rat. Oh yeah, you’re winning the costume contest for sure…

  • Adele’s of Hollywood – 5034 Hollywood Boulevard. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Western Station and walk 10 minutes east on Hollywood Blvd. or a 12 minute walk from Vermont/Sunset Station.)
  • Ozzie Dots Vintage, Clothing, Costumes and Accessories – 4637 Hollywood Blvd. (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset Station.) (Be sure to check out Wacko Soap Plant and Gallery next door, especially if you’ve got any October birthdays to shop for…)


    image via the Ozzie Dots Facebook page

  • Hollywood Toys & Costumes – 6600 Hollywood Blvd. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station and walk 7 minutes east on Hollywood Blvd. or a 10 minute walk from Hollywood/Vine Station.)
  • California Costume Collections – 210 South Anderson Street. (Metro Gold Line to Pico/Aliso Station.)
  • Ursula’s Costumes – 2516 Wilshire Boulevard. (Metro Rapid 720 or Bus 20 to Wilshire/26th Street.)
  • Robinson Beautilities – 12320 Venice Boulevard. (Metro Rapid 733 or Bus 33 to Venice/Centinela.)
  • Make Believe Inc. – 3240 Pico Boulevard. (Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 7 to Pico/33rd Street.)
  • Aahs Gift Store/Halloween Club – 1090 Westwood Boulevard (Metro Rapid 788, 720 or 734 or bus 6, 20 or 234 to Wilshire/Westwood.)
  • Spirit Halloween – 248 East Colorado Boulevard. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)
  • Starmakers Costumes & Parties – 340 South Fair Oaks Avenue. (Metro Gold Line to Lake Station.)
  • Etoile Costume & Party Center – 18849 Ventura Boulevard. (For those who don’t mind a walk, the store is

    image via the Robinson Beautilities Facebook page

    about 20 minutes from the Metro Orange Line Tampa or Reseda Stations.)

  • Finally, Goodwill Industries stores can be found throughout L.A., but here are a few that are particularly close to Metro Rail:
    • 340 South Fair Oaks Ave. store (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station.)
    • 4575 Hollywood Blvd. store (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset–check it out while you’re at Ozzy Dots!)
    • 5855 Lankershim Boulevard store (Metro Red or Orange Line to North Hollywood Station.)

If you’re planning on leaving your costume to the last minute–because you’re more creative under pressure–here are a few other noteworthy, transit-friendly events happening in Los Angeles this weekend:

  1.  Art Night Pasadena is back for its fall iteration this Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)
  2. Catch the breathtaking Ballet Folklorico de Mexico at the Cal State LA Luckman Fine Arts Complex this Saturday at 8 p.m. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA Station.)
  3. If you’re headed to Festival Supreme at the Shrine Auditorium this weekend, save yourself some money and a lot of hassle by taking the Expo Line to Jefferson/USC Station.
  4. Also off the Expo Line: the Strut Your Mutt 5K and Festival at Exposition Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. Because furry friends are welcome on Metro buses and trains, as long as they are in proper carriers. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.)
  5. The U.S. Men’s National Soccer team faces off against Mexico this Saturday in a highly-anticipated match at the Rose Bowl Stadium. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, consider taking the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station and transferring to the free Rose Bowl shuttle.
  6. The Japanese American National Museum is throwing a party to mark the opening of their latest exhibition, the Giant Robot Biennale, this Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Plus a few helpful links for getting there:

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