“At the Celtic festival of Samhain it is said that costumes and masks were worn to disguise and protect oneself from the harmful spirits that walked the earth,” Meyer said. “By the early 20th century, Halloween was seen more as a holiday for children, and companies started mass producing costumes in the 1930s.”
Mass production of costumes has certainly made it easier to throw a costume together for Halloween, but if you’re looking for something unique when you hit the streets this October, Meyer suggests taking a look back.
“When I am looking for something particular I try the local vintage stores like The Vintage Haberdashery or Retro 101,” Meyer said. “You never know what you might find at your local Goodwill or resale shop.”
Feeling motivated to create a one-of-a-kind Halloween look? Visit these five local shops, which are sure to inspire your best costume yet!
The Vintage Haberdashery
For a costume that precedes time, a visit to The Vintage Haberdashery is a must. Specializing in vintage resale and rental, this shop only carries items from 1980 or earlier. A majority of the selection is from mid-20th century — the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. The store is divided into rentals and for sale items and contains a limited number of children’s rental costumes as well as children’s selections of vintage dresses, tops and clothing. The tween and young adults in your life will also find a great assortment of items for their next themed event. The Vintage Haberdashery is located three blocks south of Tower Grove Park at 3181 Morganford Rd., St. Louis, MO, and is open Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays noon-4 p.m.
This fourth generation, family-owned venue is a one-stop, family-friendly shop for all your party needs. Their slogan is even, “where all great parties begin.” Taking up half a city block in Alton, Illinois, this store is sure to start the creative juices flowing. The store includes a limited number of kids’ costume rentals ranging from gypsy to cowboy, and Elvis to Little Bo Peep. The shop’s large assortment of wigs, hats and other accessories are sure to top off any costume you can imagine. The store offers much more than costume fun, so be sure to drop in to check out the prop rentals, party rentals and bargain toy bins, or spend some time with one of the owners, who are happy to help with all of your special event needs. Baxter’s is located at 912 East Broadway in Alton, Illinois. Baxter’s is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Robbie G’s (formerly Chad’s Theatrical)
Robbie G’s has been a costume, dance and theater staple in the St. Peters area for many years. While perusing the store’s racks of children’s rental costumes you’re likely to find superheroes, medieval dresses, princesses and more. The store also houses a Halloween section stocked with the necessary accessories to complete the perfect costume. Be sure to check out the wigs, masks and extensive hat collection or visit the makeup counter for all your ghoulish needs. Robbie G’s is located at 235 Jungerman Road, #107, St. Peters, MO, and is open Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
While Remember Me focuses on adult costume rentals and sales, they do offer a selection of children’s costumes and clothing for sale and a limited number of costumes for rent. Visitors can expect to find selections such as ’50s poodle skirts, cheerleader costumes, royal attire and more. Remember Me is located in downtown St. Louis at 1021 Russell Boulevard and is open Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Remember Me offers special October hours, Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., and Sundays noon-4 p.m.
American Carnival Mart
This party and carnival store carries accessories for many themed costumes, ranging from circus themes to Hollywood dreams. With a large selection of Halloween and themed party décor, American Carnival Mart is the perfect place to stock up for your trick or trunk decorations, class party prizes and bulk candy for trick-or-treaters. The store also hosts a special section of bulk items for those wishing to hand out non-edible treats on Halloween. American Carnival Mart is located at 1317 Lindbergh Plaza Center, St. Louis, MO, and is open Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Melissa Nordmann currently resides in St. Charles County. She enjoys attending her sons' baseball games and hiking with her family in many of the area's fabulous parks.
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