Got your tickets to the That's Shanghai Halloween Party, and now in need of a costume? Not to worry, we've got all Halloween bases covered and have found a few options for you that will be relatively hassle-free.
You’ve probably heard it many times before, but Taobao has everything, including the widest variety of costumes for young and old alike. You’re likely to find the best prices here without having to trek all over town in your quest for the perfect costume. Best of all, you can shop 24/7.
If you’re not a Taobao user, you’ll need to get some help, but simply copying and pasting the Chinese for Halloween costume (万圣节服装; add 成人 for adult or 儿童 for children) is a good place to start (Google Translate helps with the rest). There's also an English-language shop for masks, costumes and decorations. If you need a little inspiration, here are six of the best Chinese-themed costumes you can find on the e-commerce behemoth.
2. Ruby's Party
A well-established costume and party supply store with bilingual staff will make shopping here a breeze. A wide variety of toddler, children and adult costumes and accessories are in stock, and they also offer the option to rent outfits. Adorable costumes are even available for your pets!
See listing for Ruby's Party here.
The place to find traditional Chinese theatrical costumes and accessories, this small costume shop also supplies costumes to several local Peking opera groups. If dressing like a Peking Opera star seems like too much work, they have also qipaos, silk robes, intricate wooden masks and Chinese style slippers. Both child and adult sizes are available.
See listing for Nantai Costume Company here.
4. JAJAJA Party
This is a full shopping experience for anything party-related, including balloons, party rentals, bouncy castles and more. However, they also provide a range of Halloween costumes and costume accessories for girls, boys and adults. Get a Disney Frozen princess outfit or a Harry Potter costume for RMB150-180. For adults, their costumes range anywhere from RMB 180-460. They also offer the option to order online.
See listing for JAJAJA here.
Want to make your own custom creation? Find the materials and a tailor and bring along a photo to the fabric market for your one-of-a-kind look this Halloween.
See listing for Shanghai South Bund Fabric Market here.
If you don’t mind haggling and crowds, the fake market has a few vendors with children’s costumes. With so many shops, you might also find inspiration for a costume of your own creation. And if you need some help with haggling, our handy dandy guide will give you all the tools you need to score the better bargain.
See listing for Shanghai Science and Technology Market (AP Plaza) here.
Similar to AP Plaza, but in a different area of town, here you can find a shop or two selling your standard princess and superhero costumes.
See listing for Hongqiao New World Pearl Market here.
8. Qipu Lu
Onesie-wearers rejoice, home to 'cheap' clothing, Qipu Lu is a hotbed for the easiest costumes around. If you're looking to get a bit more creative with that costume, the clothes here are so inexpensive, you'll be able to re-create your Halloween idea without spending a fortune.
See listing for Qipu Lu here.
One-stop shopping for costumes and decorations, Holiday House is worth a visit for the wide selection of costumes. Find the scary classics, like ghosts, bats and witches, to the fun-filled princess and superhero variety. Many accessories, hats, masks, wigs and face paint can also be found here. The store once used to be located on Panyu Lu near Xujiahui but has since moved to the outskirts of Shanghai, more specifically Anting Town in Jiading district (near Kunshan).
See listing for Holiday House here.
10. Neon Kids Plaza
At this children’s market, you’ll find a variety of shops selling fun costumes for the kids. And a number of shoe shops if the costume requires something special. An added bonus is a trip to the play area after your costume search is complete.
See listing for Neon Kids Plaza here.
11. Yu Garden Bazaar
If you're feeling particularly adventurous and confident in your textile skills, enjoy a wander around the market stalls at Yu Garden with plentiful amounts of cloths and fabrics available to construct your very own unique costume.
See listing for Yu Garden Bazaar here.
In the DIY mood? While the Shanghai Culture Commercial Center is more of an arts & crafts hub, it could also be the perfect place to build the imaginative homemade costume of your dreams. The three-floor mall just across the street from the Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore has a number of shops with plenty of different supplies, including paints, inks, brushes, canvases, stationery and more to help you create an original outfit from scratch. Nearby, you can also find plenty of shops with professional materials along 'Art Supply Street’ - the stretch of Fuzhou Lu between Henan Zhong Lu and Xizang Zhong Lu.
See listing for Shanghai Culture Commercial Center here.
Where to Celebrate Halloween 2017 in Shanghai
Once you've got your costume all sorted, naturally you'll want to show it off. Why not do so at our annual That's Shanghai Halloween Party taking place at Cages on October 28. Tickets are currently available pre-order for only RMB100, which includes all sorts of freaky fun, four creepy cocktails courtesy of Bacardi, and a prizes awarded to the best dressed. Tickets on the door will be going for RMB200, so grab yours now quickly so you won't be disappointed.