All Hallow’s Eve is almost upon us and Taipei is gearing up for Halloween fun. Every year, the parties just keep getting bigger and better. Trust me when I say that Halloween is one night out you won’t want to miss in Taiwan.
If you’re still stuck for ideas on where to get the coolest Halloween costume in Taiwan, here are a few suggestions that might help to get the pumpkin rolling.
Ximending Costume Shops
Ximending is the most popular place in town when it comes to finding cool costume ideas and easy to use stage make-up. If you’re coming out of Exit 1, look for the police station on your left on the corner of Hanjong Street. You’ll find several Halloween costume rental shops there with everything from dance gear and cheerleader uniforms to Angry Bird costumes, vampire attire and traditional Chinese opera costumes.
You’d be hard-pressed not to find something to wear in one of these shops.
Most costumes are generally between NT400 and NT$600. You also need to leave some form of ID with the shop. You get your ID back when you bring the costume back. If you don’t want to leave your ID, some shops will allow you to put a full deposit down on your costume. You get a refund when you return it.
These stores are super busy throughout the month of October, so make sure you go early if you’ve got something specific in mind. Expect to pay between NT$300 and NT$1,000 for your costume. Make sure you have a look at the binders full of costume ideas if you don’t feel like rummaging through hundreds of costumes.
Ben Nye Stage Makeup
If you’re after some ghoulish make-up and crazy special effects make-up, head for Ben Nye Theatrical Make-Up Shop, also known as Hdco. Ltd (花莉). This shop, which is also located in Ximending at 40 Hankou St., Sec 2 (漢口街二段40號), does top-notch stage make-up and has been supplying Taiwan’s television and movie industries for over 40 years. For English services, call 0963-007-211 and ask for Krillen.
I strongly suggest making a reservation for your make-up appointment as their schedules fill up fast. Each appointment is approximately an hour long for NT$1,000.
Chang-An West Road
I’ve heard a lot of expats refer to this area as Halloween Street. This is where you can find packaged costumes for sale like the ones that you might find back home. The shops are located about a half a block west of Chen De Road.
You’ll find half a dozen stores on this street within a few blocks of each other. Here’s a walking map from Taipei Main Station.