We’re all familiar with the seasonal “Halloween Store” hustle. These pop-ups start haunting the avenues on the 5th of July in nondescript, dropped-ceiling retail spaces with fluorescent lighting and a poorly categorized array of disorienting “Comical British Secret Agent” and “80s Purple Musician” costumes. And then, like the fabled “Late October Serial Killer,” they’re gone before you’ve finished your final fun-size Nutrageous.
Luckily, New York City has a wealth of destinations for Halloween and Halloween-adjacent goods that are both higher quality than those chintzy pop-ups, and available (mostly) year-round. If you’re in the market for bargain candy, a dragon costume for your doggo, or makeup that’ll evoke the undead, the five boroughs abound with tried-and-true shopping options that aren’t just here in an instant, gone in a flash.