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Our Amazon Costume Store

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Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!

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Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!

Halloween, Masquerade, Mardi Gras, Theatrical, Santa’s,  Valentines Day, Easter Bunnies, Mascots, Stage Makeup, Masks, Disguises

Our company started in 1860. That’s not a typo….1860!  That was before Abe Lincoln was President of the United States. That’s a lot of years of experience!

We have serviced the theatrical industry, national chains, the general public, and now, YOU!  Let us help provide you with costume solutions to your costuming questions.

To find your local costume store, click here > Costumers.org

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Your Santa Suit…Choosing the Best Fabric for Your Buck

Nov
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Your Santa suit.  Choosing the Best Fabric.

What to look for in fabric and still stay within your budget.  Here’s the video that will tell all.  

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Do you want Santa to look like a dork?

Nov
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Do you want Santa to look like a dork?

or do you want your Santa to look like the real Santa?

Your Santa Suit. Does fabric make a difference?

From a cheap vinyl material used for rain protection to rich, deep velvet velours, the range of fabrics that you might encounter in a Santa suit is vast.

Where might a cheap vinyl suit be used effectively? In the rain, of course. Sorry for the joke; but the best place to use these plastic suits might be at a fraternity party or an office party. They might also be used as an outside decorative display costume worn over a mannequin. Sometimes these will be accompanied by a cotton-like beard. They serve a purpose, but not for small children.

Most flannel and felt suits are a little better, but also would be best for adult parties.

Do these lower quality suits have any real IMPACT on a child’s mind?

Children may not have discerning eyes, at least as to the richness (or lack thereof) of fabrics, but they do have memories from year to year and from Santa (at the Mall) to Santa (at your home or party). If Santa at the Mall is wearing a luxurious costume, but Uncle Bill or whoever you enlist to be Santa this year, is wearing a worn out cotton suit; it will be duly noted and impressed on the child’s mind. Well, maybe not if the child is one and two, but watch out at three.

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If your budget dictates that you can only afford a flannel suit, one way to enhance it is by replacing the white flannel trim with white plush trim; available at most fabric stores, and I am sure on the ‘net’.

But most of all, if you are on a budget; buy the best wig and beard you can afford and the less expensive suit. You can always improve the suit later.  Buy anything, except, of course, the vinyl suits.

As a longtime owner of a theatrical, masquerade and Halloween costume business; I have an extensive knowledge and background in all areas of costuming. Our blog site is a clearinghouse of costume ideas, suggestions and information as it relates to your costuming needs. With Christmas coming and Santa, too; we can help you select a Santa suit, and dress for the occasion properly.

For ongoing Santa Claus and Seasonal costume ideas, please visit our site at:

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My New Santa Claus Costume

Nov
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MY NEW SANTA CLAUS COSTUME

What do you look for when you are buying a new Santa suit, and what is included in most Santa suit kits?  Appearance is critical, but you need ALL the component parts as well, and sometimes the wig and beard is not included.  I bought a new Santa Suit today.  And here is a video of the Santa suit and the component parts that were included.

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Buying a New Santa Costume?

Nov
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Buying a New Santa Costume?

It’s early, I know.  

But it might be time to start thinking about your new SANTA COSTUME. The old one is getting frayed at the edges and it’s obviously seen way too many chimneys. Hmmm…is that a crumb? And what about that stain? Are they the remains of a cookie and spilled milk from a Christmas past?

All new Santa outfits should include a jacket, pants, and a hat; as well as a belt and boot tops (fake boots ala boot covers).  A wig and beard may or may not be included with the costume.

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Santa costumes are available at our AMAZON COSTUME STORE (click tab below banner)

The cost of the suits will vary considerably due to the quality of the fabric and trimming.  If a wig and beard are included, that too will be a factor.  Cloth suits are usually quite inexpensive, and of course, the plush suits are quite pricey, comparatively speaking. The quality of the white trim around the collar, down the front and on the bottom of the sleeves will also help dictate the price. 

You’re on a budget, you say?   As a lifetime professional costumer, I suggest that you buy the absolute best quality Santa beard and wig that you can afford, and the least priced suit; if money is an issue.  A good Santa wig and beard will enhance a lesser quality suit; while a cheap wig and beard will substantially diminish the appearance of a good suit.  You can always upgrade the suit in a number of ways at a later time.

Children will be looking at the hair and beard, not the suit; if they are looking at all. What are the attributes of a good Santa outfit and Santa beard and wig? Stay tuned, boys and girls.   

More to Follow!!

Note that Santa suits usually DO NOT include the wig and beard nor other accessories like glasses, gloves, etc.  These suits are in the middle of the price scale….while others are higher and still others are less.

 

 

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Thanksgiving Day Costumes

Nov
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Thanksgiving Day Costumes

Pilgrim costumes are important to Americans, as they were the clothing worn by our ancestors when they participated in the first Thanksgiving celebration with the Native Americans in the region they settled. My wife always wears a sexy pilgrim costume for me when we heat up left-overs. She also wears this outfit on other occasions as well not to be mentioned here. Having some sexy costumes on hand make a dull occasion, a fun occasion. 

Women’s Pilgrim Costumes are true to the authentic style of Pilgrim clothing. The ladies pilgrim dresses featured a long black dress with long wide sleeves. It may be simple, but the look of it instantly puts you in the mood for turkey.

Men’s Pilgrim Costumes are also an accurate example of early settler’s wardrobe. The men’s costume features a black jacket with a white collar and cuffs, black pants, white socks and a pilgrim hat.

 

The most obvious and most popular Thanksgiving costume for adults is the turkey Thanksgiving costume and this will certainly get the party going and spice up the dinner table atmosphere if you dress up in one of these!

There are also a selection of Thanksgiving costumes for kids that reflect the history of the reason for the Thanksgiving celebrations; and Thanksgiving outfits for toddlers that are really cute.

 
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Pilgrim Costumes for Thanksgiving

Nov
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Pilgrim Costumes for Thanksgiving 

Pilgrim costumes are essential for every school’s Thanksgiving celebration and reenactment. Baby thanksgiving costumes are cute and fun. Around the holiday season, I notice so many babies that are dressed up in holiday costumes.

Women’s Pilgrim Costumes are true to the authentic style of Pilgrim clothing. The ladies pilgrim dresses featured a long black dress with long wide sleeves. It may be simple but the look of it instantly puts you in the mood for turkey.

Men’s Pilgrim Costumes are also an accurate example of early settler’s wardrobe. The men’s costume features a black jacket with a white collar and cuffs, black pants, white socks and a pilgrim hat. Most Pilgrim costumes come with everything except the shoes which are sold separately. Whether worn by adults or children, Pilgrim costumes can make Thanksgiving a whole new experience.

Last Thanksgiving I saw babies dressed up as fruits and vegetables at the mall. Given the traditional focus of Thanksgiving, there are always costumes available online that you can purchase. I selected a few of the cutest costumes available to help make your decision a lot easier. There are a few classic costumes that I think are worth considering for your babyâs thanksgiving costume. I do have to admit those babies did look cute. It was a few days before Thanksgiving but the babies were still dressed up in their attire. As we all know, babies have a mind of their own. All the costumes on this page are cute but some of them seem a little more comfortable than others. Baby costumes are usually made with comfort in mind. The designers know that babies often move around so they build the costumes to provide plenty of wiggle room.

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It’s Time To Buy Your Santa Claus Suit

Nov
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Time To Buy Your Santa Claus Suit

Halloween is over, and now it’s time to start Christmas shopping; at least for a new (or maybe replacement) Santa Claus costume. That’s one Christmas purchase that shouldn’t be left until closing time on Christmas Eve.  Around Thanksgiving, we will go into more detail about what you need to know about Santa Suits, but this is just a reminder about Christmas and Santa.

What does a typical Santa suit consist of? Most Santa Claus costumes will be nearly complete with a coat, pants, hat, belt and boot tops, sometimes called leggings. Sometimes an inexpensive wig and beard will be included, and sometimes not.

Of course the Santa suit, pants and hat will be red, although there is quite a range of fabrics and qualities available.

The coat will generally have a 3-4″ wide stripe down the from and around the bottom of the coat and matching cuffs. The hat will have white trim around the base of the hat and probably a white ball on top of the hat.

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The least expensive suits are made of felt or a non-descript fabric, and both the suit and the trim are made of the same fabric.

To enhance an inexpensive suit, adding a plush trim over the existing trim will greatly improve the costume. Of course, that involves a trip to a fabric store and additional costs, but the appearance of the suit will be immeasurably better.

Unfortunately, both the quality of the belts and the boot tops / leggings could be better, as both are normally made of high gloss, cheap vinyl material. Santa’s belt (about 4″ wide) buckle offsets this somewhat as it sometimes is the focal point of Santa’s midsection.

Oh. Boot tops. What are boot tops? They are a black glossy vinyl (or another type of plastic) leg covering that starts at the knee and extend below the ankle to simulates boots.

Wig and beards. Or is it Beards and wigs? You might find a set, or just a beard, in the carton with your newly purchased suit. More likely you will need to purchase it separately, but depending upon your need, the maybe enclose hairpiece and beard will suffice.

On pricing. A cursory glance at a few sites indicate that you might locate a suit for as little as $50 or thereabouts. On the high end, you probably don’t want to know; but think four digits.

As a longtime owner of a theatrical, masquerade and Halloween costume business; I have an extensive knowledge and background in all areas of costuming. Our blogsite is a clearing house of costume ideas, suggestions and information as it relates to your costuming needs. With Christmas coming and Santa, too; we can help you select a Santa suit, and dress for the occasion properly.

For ongoing Santa Claus and Seasonal costume ideas, please visit our site at: http://www.costumescostumescostumes.net

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Halloween is Only 365 Days Away

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Halloween is Only 365 Days Away

It’s never too early to plan for next Halloween.  It’s only 365 days away and the countdown starts now.

So after 5 or 7 or 9 years of buying costumes, you should have a decent wardrobe for next year.  If you have enough, you might be able to take one part from one costume and another part from another costume and even make a ‘new’ costume.

If you don’t have enough bits and pieces to make another costume, this is a great time to ‘buy forward, so to speak.

The Halloween shops have probably closed, packed and vacated your city by now; but if you have a local costume shop, they may or may not be willing to wheel and deal.  No merchant wants to carry over their inventory until next season.

Some merchants have up to a 60% off of selected items for a limited time. You might want to take a look before these deals go away.    Or check our Amazon Halloween costume store (look for the tab below our banner).  If we find any, we will post them today or in a day or so.

And guess what’s coming up soon?  More Thanksgiving stuff on our Amazon Store. Click tab right below the banner on top of this page.

 


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One last chance…..

Oct
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One last chance…..

Today is the last day of the Halloween costume season (from a costumer’s perspective) even though it’s October 28.  There may be a scattering of parties this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but not as many as this evening.

Most wearers of costumes over the next few days will be by ‘trick-n-treaters’ and those so fortunate as to be able to dress in a Halloween costume at work.  

Bobble Head Pumpkin Adult Costume

This evening, no matter what time your local costume shop closes, there will be somebody pounding at their door five or 10 minutes AFTER closing time, begging and pleading to get in to make a ‘quick’ last minute purchase (which usually took a half an hour or more when we did yield and let them in). 

Will that be you?

At this stage, you might want to just take an old sheet, cut a couple of eye holes in it and go as your favorite ghost. 

You might want to wrap that sheet around you, and go as a Roman senator or a Roman goddess.

It’s creative time.  As in earlier posts, put something, anything together and give it a name.  Remembering an earlier post…”if you can name it, you have a costume”.

If you have a party still coming up or you want to prepare for next year, just go back to previous articles on this site for some great ideas.

HORRIBLE HALLOWEEN !!!!!!

NOTE:  Next week, midweek, we will provide you with a few tips so as to prepare for NEXT Halloween.  Also, we will start our Christmas and Santa Claus costume posts about mid-November….so please come back soon!  

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