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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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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.

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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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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Thrift stores. The Cheap…um…er…Creative Way Out.

Oct
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Thrift stores 

The Cheap…um…er…Creative Way Out 

I can’t afford to buy or rent a Halloween costume this year.  I’ve looked in my closet, garage and basement and don’t have anything that I can convert to a Halloween costume.  What do I do?  What do I do?

When I was active in the costume industry, it was routine to haunt the second hand stores or thrift stores for something useable, convertible and nicely priced. 

The local ‘Salvation Army’ or ‘Goodwill Industries’ might have a store near you that might help you solve your problem.  There, too, are a scattering up upscale thrift stores near the more affluent areas.   Since you never know what will be in any one store at a given time, visiting several might be a good idea.

Pinstripe Gangster Adult Costume                                                 Gangster Moll 6 Button Double Breasted (Black/White) Adult Plus Costume

A double breasted suit can be easily converted to a ‘gangster suit’ with a black shirt and white tie.  Add a plastic machine gun and a fedora and you are ‘Al Capone’. A business suit and a beret or tam and you can be “Al’s’ gun moll.

A prom dress?  Bwala!  A princess!    And you never know what you might be able to build out of a few accessories.

Prom Queen Adult Costume

 Thrift stores are a goldmine of Halloween costumes ideas. 

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OOPS! What About Footwear?

Oct
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It’s Almost Halloween Costume Party Time…

and OOPS! What About Footwear? 

It’s still a few days away, and most of the final touches have been made to your Halloween costume.  Maybe a tuck here or a minor adjustment there, but you are ready to go. 

OHMYGOSH!  (or use another expletive if you prefer)   You forgot about what shoes or footwear to use with your Halloween costume. 

Roman Adult SandalsJuliet (Black) Adult Shoes

Not a big problem if you are wearing a long gown or a witches robe, although you should try to match the colors up as best you can just in case someone gets a glance at your feet.  Black always works.  Maybe using a can of spray paint over some old, throwaway shoes might work as well.

 But a prima ballerina in sneakers leaves a lot to be desired.  In this case, not wearing any footwear at all might be the best option.

 Fake boots can be made easily out of a vinyl material and creating a boot cover (no soles or heels, just sides).  Perhaps attaching buckles to a pair of shoes might create a Louis XIV type of shoe wear.

Pirates of the Caribbean - Jack Sparrow Child Boot CoversMilitia Adult BootsJester Adult Shoes

No old throwaway shoes?  Perhaps a visit to the thrift store?

 

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What Halloween Costume is in Your Closet?

Oct
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What’s in your closet?  

A Halloween costume, perhaps?

What Halloween Costume is in Your Closet.  You can create a terrific costume by using things you have in your closet with the addition of some make-up and accessories.  How easy is that?

Do you have an old graduation robe?  A tube of green make-up, a scraggly black wig, and a witch’s hat – Voila!  If you’re really feeling adventurous, add a fake nose & a wart or two.  Grab a broom & you’re ready to go.


Bridesmaid’s dresses are usually shoved to the back of the closet.  Bring them back out into the open!  Add a sash and some smeared mascara and you just became the loser in a beauty pageant!

Your torn, paint-splattered work clothes can turn you into a slasher victim.  Wrap some bandages around your body; add some fake blood and you are ready to go.  Word of warning: fake blood will stain clothing and skin – so don’t wear anything you don’t want ruined!

Make-up, wigs, and hats can turn the most basic wardrobe item into a costume.  Let your imagination run wild!

 

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Makeup and Accessorize

Oct
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Makeup and Accessorize 

Paint on a mustache with a black greasepaint stick, add a pair of horn rimmed glasses and a cigar….and there you have it.  Groucho!   A short blond curly wig and a bicycle horn (a white or tan duster if you can find it).  And there you have Harpo.

A little makeup here, or a special hat there, or a cane or a pair of red suspenders.  It takes a little imagination, and not much money to come up with that perfect Halloween costume.

A trip to your local costume store?  Probably a great idea to get great ideas for makeup and accessories.  While you’re there, look at the makeup display case and see what you can see.

Nose putty?  You can build a new nose, or re-shape your nose, or just add a wart or two.  With an adhesive like spirit gum, you can even rebuild your chin.   Your new nose and chin will need some makeup to help blend it in with the rest of your face.  Green greasepaint or a water soluble cream makeup or pancake helps make a great witch or Frankenstein.

If you want to be a clown or a mime, then a tube of clown white will do the trick.  Put it only very lightly though, and suddenly you become very pale in appearance….almost Ghostly or Vampirish.  Clown White can be cream base or water base, each having its own advantages.  Some shops might also carry it in pancake.

Crepe hair is a well known product available at the full service costume shops; and can be used to make mustaches and beards, or even hairy faces like a werewolf.  If you are into monsters and vampires, then makeup is the best way to go about it.

For great makeup ideas, visit your local library and borrow a copy of Richard Corson’s “Stage Makeup”, one of the best makeup books ever published on makeup.   It is also for sale at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  As you scan through this book, you will find numerous ideas that you may want to implement.  Then off to your local costumer.

‘Stage Makeup’ as shown above is available through Barnes & Noble or Amazon, and many other booksellers. Earlier editions are also available.

<All makeup items above are available via our Amazon Halloween Store>

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Plus Size Halloween Costumes

Oct
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Plus Size Halloween Costumes

Wear to find great Halloween plus size costumes?  OK, that’s a joke, I know how to spell “where”.  The answer is as close as your laptop or desktop.  In the case of the flapper costume shown below, I did a Google search and found this listed under ‘plus size costumes for women’ at Amazon.com.

And there are myriads of costume shops that also carry plus sizes.  Just visit your local costume shop.

Here are several other plus size costumes for women that are available at Amazon.com.  Click on the Amazon Halloween Store bar above. 

 

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<All costumes above available through our Amazon Costume store>

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Cartoon Characters Costumes!

Oct
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Cartoon Characters Costumes!

 I love cartoon character costumes.   Big, and baggy and goofy, and kids of all ages love them.  They are horribly uncomfortable but are usually the delight of any Halloween costume party.  Most of the famous cartoon characters that you see on TV, in the movies and even sometimes on a box of cereal are copyrighted and not available to rent or buy, at least for adults. 

 But at most all season costume shops, there likely will be a variety of really cute and funny characters.

 Cartoon animals, cartoon cute monsters and cartoon comic strip type characters are the most fun!

Wolf Mascot Adult Costume

Although they can be ‘air conditioned’, most are stuffy and hot.  One way to reduce the heat is to put an ice pack or two into a bag and strap it over your shoulders so as to be a little lower than your arm pits. 

 Watch your shoes and feet.  The coverings are usually larger than your own shoes, and can cause havoc going up or down steps.  Many a character has been ‘tripped up’ by their own feet.

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