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. There are three shops in Paris:
8, rue Rochambeau, 75009
M°: Cadet or Poissonniére, line 7
01 49 95 02 08
15, rue de la Réunion, 75020
M°: Buzenval, line 9; Avron, line 2
01 55 25 30 68
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
This shop 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.