Best Halloween Stores in State College

Just a few more days until the streets of Happy Valley are filled with students decked out in their Halloween best! The Halloweekend is really more like a five-day event here at Penn State, which means that you’re going to need more than just one costume.

For those who might not have the time to whip up a DIY costume, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best spots in town to pick up Halloween outfits now that you’re in a time crunch.

Walmart (1665 N. Atherton St.)

Walmart has a surprisingly large selection of Halloween costumes and spooky decor. If you’re looking for a run-of-the-mill witch or doctor costume, and you don’t have a lot to spend, this is a good place to go. There’s also a wide selection of animal ears to pair with a crop top and high-waisted shorts, if you’re feeling basic.

Gift Adventures (137 E. Beaver Ave.)

This store has a more, uh, unique costume selection than the others on this list. It’s also right downtown, so it’s conveniently within walking distance for those car-less folks. Just don’t be scared away by the terrifying baby sitting in the front display window.

McLanahan’s (414 E. College Ave.)

Everyone’s favorite one-stop-shop doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Halloween costumes; it has a whole aisle dedicated to the holiday! This is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for some cheap accessories. A few bucks can get you enough garb to put together a decent costume. Look, these spider nails were only 99 cents!

Party City (303 Benner Pike)


This one is obvious. Party City has an enormous costume selection at a pretty affordable price. If you want to have a spooktacular party, this is also a good option, since they have so much in terms of orange and black decor — it’s primarily a party store after all.

Spirit Halloween (2121 S. Atherton St.)


This is the place to go if you’re looking for a wide selection of costumes and have cash to blow. Spirit Halloween has a wide variety; whether you want to buy a witch hat or an entire Teletubby suit, you can find it here. In several colors.

Did we miss any of your favorite State College Halloween spots? Let us know in the comments!

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Sarah Caskie

Sarah is a senior majoring in Journalism. She can usually be found at Saint’s looking up cat videos, or writing about music and stuff. She can be reached on Twitter at @classycaskie or via email at [email protected].

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