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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.

Velvet Complete Santa Costume - Adult

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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Costumes for Valentine’s Day

Feb

Costumes for Valentine’s Day

Wearing costumes is a romantic way to express your affection for your significant other on Valentines Day. Whether you’re looking for adult Halloween costumes, kids Halloween costumes – or costumes, and accessories for any occasion – you will find what you need here.   

In addition to plus size Valentines Day costumes you will also find that the costume companies also have Valentine’s Day decorations for your home, car, dorm room, office and even a car. It’s quite romantic to go out to your car and see a Valentine’s Day decoration on the windshield (just be sure to sign it so that she/he knows that it’s from you.).

Retailers around the world push traditional gifts such as heart shaped chocolates, cards, flowers and jewelery, but what women really want often times gets blurred out from all the marketing that goes on before Valentines Day.

A young lady that has in mind sexy Valentines Day gift ideas when looking for a gift for her husband or boyfriend can simplify things by waiting at home for her mate dressed in one of the Valentines Day outfits from Halloween Mart.

Valentines Day outfits comes in a variety of styles that include naughty Cupid costumes, Be Mine Cupid outfits, Queen of Hearts costumes, Queen of Broken Hearts outfits, petticoat dresses, satin garter dresses, camo cutie costumes and sexy school girl costumes.

Women that prefer wearing Valentines Day lingerie for the holiday could dress up in a Valentine heart chemise, Valentine heart bra and tanga set, Daisy Mae pink bra and panty set, polka dot bra and thong set or one of many other styles of Valentines Day lingerie.

For something a little more intimate, check out the huge selection of Valentine’s Day Lingerie They make a great gift whether you are the one giving or receiving because both of you will reap the benefits.

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Stage and Theatre Makeup! For Christmas and All Year Round!

Nov
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Stage and Theatre Makeup!  For Christmas and All Year Round!

Stage makeup is more than lathering on a heavy layer of grease paint or pancake; or applying your mascara on heavier than usual, so that you aren’t washed out looking under the bright lights on stage.

Stage makeup might include making a ‘Rudolph’ nose out of nose putty or adding prosthetic ears for one of Santa’s elves, or anything else that might be ‘face-altering’ so as to achieve a specific look. 

Some brands of stage makeup are better than others.  Most stage makeup is Hypo-Allergenic (but check the label to be certain).  In our former life in the brick and mortar costume retail business, we sold ‘Mehron’ and ‘Ben Nye’ brands, along with a couple that no longer exist.

For a general makeup book, you might want to review ‘Stage Makeup’ by Richard Corson.  Hopefully you can find it at your local library, as it is a little pricey.

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CHRISTMAS IS ONLY 1 DAY AWAY…

Dec
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Christmas is only 1 day away

 

 

 NO, It’s Today!

Christmas is now here, with its array of costumed characters.  Of course, Santa is our December star, but he needs a lot of help from Mrs. Santa, the elves, Dancer and Prancer and the rest of the reindeer and a few Santa Belles. Brrrr….it’s cold, but our Snowman is happy with the weather. 


And the season abounds with Tin Soldiers, and Nutcrackers and Toy costumes of every kind.  Not to mention “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol” costumes.

And how do we know all about costumes?  We have been in business for 149 years (since 1860).  Our origin goes back to the James Buchanan presidency (the one before Abraham Lincoln).  That’s a long time ago, although none of us are quite that old .

For ALL of your Santa or Christmas Season costume questions,  our email address is:  

costumes3@gmail.com 

(note that this is not a live link, you’ll need to cut and paste)

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How to Make a Santa Claus Costume : How to Age Yourself for a Santa Costume

Dec
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Learn some great tips on how to age yourself for a Santa Claus costume for a Christmas party in this free holiday video clip on holiday costume ideas. Expert: Matt Cail  Filmmaker: randy primm

EDITORS NOTE:  Bad Advice, Matt.  Liquid Latex has ammonia as one of it’s primary ingredients.  It should NEVER be used that close to the eyes, IMHO.  Even after the ammonia evaporates, oft times there is a stinging or burning sensation.

It is also a latex (rubber  like) based product which might cause an allergic reaction, or if it gets into the lashes or brows it might be difficult in removing.  It also has a sheen, so that it will require a tad of powder to reduce the sheen.

BTW, the Santa Wig and beard used in this video is about a step or two up from the bottom grade.  Poor sewing, too much shine, doesn’t look real…..a poor choice in a wig and beard set.

 

Duration : 0:1:20

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If Santa Claus is supposed to be a big fat man, why is it impossible to buy Santa costumes in sizes like XXL?

Nov

Q: “The largest Santa costume I have ever seen was sized XL. And even those XL’s are quite meagre sized, closer to a large than an extra large. Surely if Santa was a big fat man, they should make Santa costumes to fit big fat men. There’s nothing in this world that looks as stupid as a thin Santa.”

A. “There’s nothing in this world that looks as stupid as a thin Santa.That’s the fist time I have ever heard a skinny person discriminated against. Too funny!”

Editors note: In my past life, we had Santa costumes that fit men well over 500 lbs. and the costumes were listed as XXL or even XXXL. Presently, most suits are manufactured in Asia, and don’t seem to follow most sizing standards.  I would recommend checking with your nearest fulltime costume shop.  Here is a link that will assist you.  

http://www.costumers.org

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How to Make a Santa Claus Costume : How to Add Trousers to a Santa Costume

Nov

Learn how to add trousers a Santa Claus costume for a Christmas party in this free holiday video clip on holiday costume ideas. Expert: Matt Cail Contact: www.homepaintings.biz Bio: Matt Cail is an artist who works in oil, water color and acrylic paints, among others. Filmmaker: randy primm

Duration : 0:1:21

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Care and Cleaning of Your Santa Costume

Nov
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Care and Cleaning of Your Santa Costume 

Because most Santa’s perspire heavily during a visit with the children, and sometimes even are the recipient of a wetting; it is recommended that the Santa outfit be cleaned on a regular basis; and in general, dry cleaning is probably the best way to do the cleaning.

BUT (notice that’s all caps) the white trim might become permanently yellowed after a dry cleaning or two or a few.  Also dry cleaning rarely removes the lipstick and rouge stains that we mentioned earlier.

If the trim is felt, then the best thing you can do is dry clean the entire outfit.  If the trim is a plush like material, it should be removed and then laundered to both clean it, and fluff it out to bring it back to its almost original appearance.

If possible, and you have a little time, it’s best to strip off the white trim and launder (as in Tide or Oxydol) it using a washer and dryer.  The first time you do this it is very time consuming because of the closeness of the stitches.  It’s much easier the second time IF you baste the white trim back on instead of machine sewing it back on.

Caveat: Washing the entire suit, including the white trims, will probably cause the red to bleed into the white, thus giving you a nice red suit with PINK trim.

 

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Nov
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Lipstick on your Santa Beard and Wig? 

‘I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus’.  Jimmy Boyd sang this song in the fifties and it’s still popular some 50 years later.  Does anyone know if Mommy smudged lipstick on Santa’s beard and hair, or the white trim on his suit during this encounter? 

It’s really more likely that Santa got the lipstick and/or rouge on himself by applying too much makeup.  Santa needs pink cheeks and cherry red lips to really look like Santa.

Unfortunately, Santa’s white beard, and sometimes the white trim on his suit pay the price.

Fret not!  There are solutions that will at least reduce the stainage if not remove it in total.

Lip stick remover is probably the best solution to remove the makeup from the beard.  At worst, it will reduce the stain from red to a light pink.  Washing the beard, ala yesterdays post, may reduce the damage even further.

Later we will discuss how to clean Santa’s suit, to include the lipstick on the white trim. 

 

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The care and cleaning of a Santa beard and wig.

Nov
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The care and cleaning of a Santa beard and wig.

If the quality of your Santa wig and beard set is such that it is washable (some wig and beards set are cotton, mohair, or cheap synthetics and should not be washed), then washing your set should be done periodically.  If you opt not to wash the set, then a good spraying with Lysol or some other disinfectant should be used after every use, particularly on the mustache and chin strap, as well as the base (cloth or net base) of the wig.

Caveat.  Never, never have the wig and beard dry cleaned.  It might end up so matted that you will never get it looking good again, even with extensive brushing.

Using a mild detergent/soap, gently soak the wig and beard in water and then gently brush the interior of the wig, and the back of the mustache and chin strap with a stiff brush.  If you’ve used Spirit Gum to adhere the mustache to the upper lip, then you might need to use a spirit gum remover (likely available at your local costume shop) as part of this step in the process. 

The wig and beard at this point might be combed (again gently) to make certain the knotted and matted areas are removed.  Even though the wig/beard set may be naturally and permanently curled, the objective is to have it as straight and mat free as possible.  Then it (the set) should be layed on a terry cloth towel to dry naturally. Heat is a huge enemy, so never use a hair dryer to hasten the drying process.

If one is so inclined to ‘dress’ the wig and beard, that is, to re-wave it, this is probably a good time to do it…while it is still wet. 

We used clamps and ‘marceled’ (waves) the set.  The waves were alternated in rows from left to right and then right to left.  Visualize a 1920’s movie star and that is the effect you want in general 

Is this time consuming?  Yes, but you’ll have a much better looking Santa beard and wig for next season. 

On storage, yak hair and other natural hair can be affected by the light and cause the wig and beard to yellow if not properly stored.  Like a white wedding dress, it’s always a good idea to wrap the wig and beard in blue tissue paper.

 

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