Trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and, of course, attending costume parties are all necessary components of the incredibly popular holiday we know as Halloween. Stores capitalize on this so much so that now, not only do they sell costumes, but also accessories, decorations and all types of confections and candies. In addition, most entertainment establishments feature Halloween in their party and event plans. For me, the Halloween pandemonium is magnified because I live in the self-professed ‘Halloween Capitol of the World’, Anoka MN.
However, despite our location, (and to the surprise of many) you won’t find us selling Halloween costumes and accessories at Satin Stitches! Even though every year without fail we get panicked last minute calls for green tights or other hard-to-find accessory items (including XXL Elvis costumes).
We hate to hear the dismay in our callers’ voices when we tell them that we have a 13-20 week turnaround time for custom costumes this time of year! However, even though we don’t sell pre-made Halloween costumes, we still wanted to give some advice regarding what to do if you’ve just been invited to a Halloween-themed party and need a fabulous costume in a short period of time!
First, you'll need to figure out if you want to buy or create your own costume. If you decide to purchase the costume online, make sure you can receive it in time for your event. If you're looking for a well-crafted costume, visit our Satin Stitches eBay store. Although we may not be able to create a personalized, custom costume for you in time for Halloween this year, you'll certainly have time to peruse our samples on eBay that are available for purchase! Who knows, we may have exactly what you've been looking for! With all of our eBay costumes in house, we typically ship same day, so you can expect your fun new costume to be delivered within just a few short days.
Of course, if you’re like many people, your first instinct might be to run to the closest pop-up Halloween store and buy a costume off the rack. Even though these costumes are typically about as durable as the plastic bags they come in, this option may work for those who are not concerned with quality and just want a fun, inexpensive costume to parade around town in. If this is you, just remember that when you buy a costume off the rack, you will always see a good percentage of people in the exact same costume as you! So, you’ve been warned! Now you can’t be mad if you see seven other “Sexy Kittens” at your party!
But what about those of you who want a unique, higher quality costume with attention-grabbing details? What about those people who want a costume that they won’t see ten other people in before they even get to their party? If you want to make your own but have no sewing or crafting skills, don’t fret! You’ll just need a friend, relative or co-worker who is willing to help you out.
First of all, you’ll need a clear idea of what you hope to accomplish with your costume. Do you love Halloween and dream about “wowing” everyone with your costume? Or do you typically like to throw together simple outfits with a minimal effort? Do you want to be able to use your costume many times, or do you just need it for one night only? You should note that if one of your goals is to win ‘best costume’ contests, extra thought and planning will probably be needed!
Next, figure out where you are going to wear the costume. Are you attending a swanky work party or an event in a dark nightclub? Different venues will dictate a different quality of costuming. If you are in a bar or nightclub, detail and quality isn’t quite as important as a house party or work event.
Once you’ve established your costume goals and have an idea of the venue, you can then begin to drum up ideas for your costume. Do you want to go for sexy, clever, historical, or comedic? Is comfort at the top of your priorities or are you willing to sacrifice your comfort to squeeze into that little costume or those super high heels? Maybe you attend a Renaissance Fair every year and would like a costume that you can use for both venues? Perhaps your partner is a Star Trek or comic book fan, and you would like something to wear for his or her events and conventions? Maybe you know you’ll be seeing a certain someone and want to impress him or her with how fabulously sexy you look? Once you’ve determined what style of costume you want it’s time to do your research! Fabulous costumes almost always will take some heavy duty preliminary planning. As with any dressing or costuming, accessories can make an outfit. So shop for accessories, whether it’s hats, jewelry or simply the right hair (a wig?) or makeup to complete your look.
(Submitted for October 2014 issue of Minnesota Dancer)
© Deborah J. Nelson/Satin Stitches Ltd.