Costuming Your Kids

updated September 2013

by A.  Letkemann

Halloween….. that magical time of year when you can be anything you want to be. The possibilities are endless! Although Halloween is not celebrated in France the way it is in North America, the idea is catching on. And even if trick or treating is not on your agenda, there will probably be other times during the school year when your kids (or perhaps even you) need a costume. Since that shopping list of costume must-haves continues to evolve, you may want to check out the costume shops before your ghosts and goblins set their hearts on the unattainable.

Tuttifiesta is a party store that has a wide range of costumes for children and adults. They also have activity ideas and recipes.

47, rue Saint Ferdinand, 75017

M°: Argentine or Porte Maillot, line 1

01 40 68 77 89

A  La Poupée Merveilleuse is a party store that carries a full line of costumes, decorations, makeup, accessories, and other party supplies.  They have Halloween costumes for children and adults. The store is conveniently located across the street from BHV.

9, rue du Temple, 75004
M°: Hôtel de Ville
01 42 72 63 46

Au Bal Masqué is a small costume shop tucked off avenue Victor Hugo in an arcade known as la Cité de l’Argentine.

111, avenue Victor Hugo, 75016
M°: Victor Hugo, line 2
01 47 55 07 88

Sommier is a family-owned shop in the 10th that has been renting costumes for all occasions to the French since 1922. They stock costumes and disguises in just about every genre from historical period outfits to traditional ethnic garb and animal getups, including ones for two people. Wigs, make-up and other accessories are also available.

3, passage Brady, 75010
M°: Château d’Eau (line 4) or Strasbourg Saint Denis (lines 4, 8, and 9)
01 42 08 27 01

Au Clown Montmartre boasts that it stocks over 4,000 different costumes, wigs galore, and all types of make-up, including prostheses for fake facial features and body parts. The shop is a joy to visit in and of itself.

22, rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
M°: Cadet (line 7) or Grands Boulevards (line 9)
01 47 70 05 93

Finally, in the fabric district at the foot of the Butte Montmartre (near the metro stop Anvers), there are half a dozen or so shops selling cheap items suitable for costumes, such as faux feather boas, sequined tube tops, and colorful mini skirts.   You may have to use your imagination but at least you won’t break the bank.

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4 responses to “Costuming Your Kids

  1. Thank you so much! This is so useful for me right now considering I have a bunch of Halloween parties to head to and absolutely no costumes!

  2. Thank you for this info. I’m looking for Barbapapa themed party supplies. Would you happen to have any leads? Maybe something like the American “Party City”? Thank you in advance!

  3. Audrey: If the stores mentioned above don’t work out, (particularly the one by the Hotel de Ville), I saw that there are a ton of on-line sites selling Barbapapa plates, cups, etc. Let your fingers do the Googling!

  4. I realize this thread is a year old, but I found two more shops that can be visited, though I have not been there myself yet.

    http://www.location-de-costumes.com/magasins.php?nb_res=36

    Au Clown de la République: located 11 Boulevard Saint-Martin
    75010, M: République (lines 2,5,8,9 & 11)
    L’Académie du bal costumé: located 22 Avenue Ledru-Rollin
    75012, M; Quai de la rapée (line 5) or Gare de Lyon

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