As Halloween lurks just around the corner, ready to thrill, trick and treat us all with candy, costumes and more, it’s time to start planning what to wear. For Austinites in search of Halloween costume inspiration to wear trick-or-treating with kiddos or to turn heads at the ultimate costume party, there’s no shortage of places to find just the right thing. Read on for tips and tricks to help you pull together the best Halloween getup yet.

Austin costume rentals and resources

Since April Fool’s Day 1984 (how very H.G. Wells!), Lucy in Disguise has encompassed 8,000 sprawling square feet of space in the heart of South Congress Avenue’s most heavily-visited stretch of shops and eateries. Over the years, it’s become an Austin icon — a wonderland of every feather, bead, bauble and alter ego the imagination can conjure. From facepaint, wigs and jewelry to full-tilt costumes meant to stop the show, Lucy in Disguise offers getups for rent or for purchase, and come Halloween every year, the demand for rentals is so huge, the store hires extra employees and opens up an outpost in the back to handle pickup and return overflow.

Pro tip: Go a few weeks early to avoid the crush of last-minute costume shoppers, and take your time winding through the maze of inspiration. It’s virtually impossible to leave empty-handed from this dream closet of endless fun.

Over on the eastside, there’s no better place to play dress-up than Coco Coquette, the cheeky, flirty wig and makeup paradise that feels like a beauty salon from another dimension. Known for its ability to host the perfect party (its all-inclusive wig and makeup parties have been known to produce FOMO among those scrolling through Instagram snaps of the shop’s sassy soirees), it’s also the perfect place to home in on your look for Halloween.

Whether it’s a Marie Antoinette-style bouffant or a neon disco ‘do, there’s something for you in this coquettish enclave on Cesar Chavez. As for the extras, like vintage lingerie, top-of-the-line eyelashes, and even crowns and jewelry? Check, check and check. Makeup appointments are made in advance, and the shop is open for wig try-ons Monday through Saturday 11-7, plus Sunday 12-6. Showgirls, aristocrats and unicorns are always welcome.

Online inspiration

Halloween costume ideas in Austin

If you’re having trouble zeroing in on just what to be this year, the internet is, of course, an endless well of ideas both good and bad (and in between). To figure out what you’re going to be on October 31 and how you’re going to make it happen, cruise through the long lists of ideas provided by Vogue (all hail Beyonce as Barbie in a box), PopSugar and Buzzfeed (both of which predict a veritable cornucopia of ’90s-inspired costumes this year), and even Good Housekeeping. You’re bound to find something that inspires you.

Event rentals

Austin event rentals

At some point during any party with dancing, drinking and general revelry going on, guests need somewhere to sit — especially if they’re wearing getups that aren’t necessarily the most comfortable things in the world. If you’re looking for lounge furniture where friends and colleagues can kick back and put up their webbed, feathered, or perilously high-heeled feet/paws/whatever ghosts stand on for a quick rest between burning up the dance floor and mingling with everyone, check out the versatile rental options of the Kennedy Collection.

There’s a wide range of seating options to fit your theme. whether you want sleek, modern furnishings to complement your vampy, haute decor straight out of Nocturnal Animals or something more classic, like tufted leather sofas, bottle cap bar stools, and weathered pieces with character befitting a dark, mysterious atmosphere.

And if you’re on the hunt for the perfect event planner for your next big bash, let Kennedy beguile you with our creativity and precision. All treats, no tricks — that’s how we roll. Get in touch today!

photos via Coco Coquette (first and third), Lucy in Disguise (second), StockSnap.io (third), Kennedy Collection (last)