List updated in 2012 thanks to GenevaLiving reader, Sylvie Meinier.
Loads of ingenuity, make up, nail polish, coffee and dedication, made of our guest the unbeatable champion of the party.
I, on the other hand, am costume-challenged. If you are too, here is a list of places that sell or loan ready-made outfits or that sell items crazy enough to make a great outfit.
Many thrift stores in Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France carry loads of items you can mix and match for a truly outstanding, and low-priced costume, some of the stores take their déguisements out for Halloween and L’Escalade.
In addition, check the Migros and Coop hypermarchés for a small selection of kids outfits.
Geneva (updated 25 October thanks to Sylvie Meynier! Thanks)
- La Gaite, a Geneva gem selling costumes since 1928, located in downtown Geneva, masks start at CHF8! You might have to wait in line to get in
- Vêt’shop Carouge, a Red Cross-run store that rents costumes all year, prices range from CHF5 for kids’ outfits to CHF200 for drop-dead gorgeous ensembles
- La Mascarade, rental and custom-made outfits
- Masque noir, in Champel
- Au Bal Masqué, in Plainpalais rents out costumes all year round
- La Bamboule-La Festive Genevoise, rents costumes and sells party favors as well, including fireworks… ’cause you never know!
- Maniak, although not a costume store, this Swiss clothing chain caters to the Goth-Alternative-Manga crowd which, as my kid says, can sometimes be a “cool way to dress” – Halloween or not.
- Le Marché à petit prix, the Geneva version of the “dollar store.” Formerly located at the Charmilles mall it is now selling disposable shoes and belly dancer outfits for small prices at the La Cygne mall, located across the Cornavin train station on Rue des Alpes and Rue de Lausanne.
- Have your own costume made to your size at this by-appointment-only store in Lausanne
- La Paternelle, in Busigny near Lausanne rents outfits all year round
- Feux d’artifice, a costume and party rental in Ornex, near Ferney-Voltaire, carries over 3,500 costumes, reachable by TPG bus F
- Berry Savoie tout pour la fête, Thonon-les-bains rents costumes all year round
- La Bamboula in Annemasse, sales and rentals, reachable by TPG tram 12/16 and French buses
Now let’s see who wins this year’s Halloween cup!