With Halloween coming up, people who want to rent, buy or assemble a costume could do worse than to stop by one of the branches of Chicago Costumes, located on both 1120 West Fullerton Avenue and 4727 West Montrose Avenue.
Open all year around, Chicago Costume sells costumes and props for masquerades, costume balls, birthday parties, amateur films, or other events. Some costume and props can be purchased in concrete packages, while others, particularly the large mascot costumes and plate armor, can be rented for a period of time.
The two main branches have different modes of presentation. In the store on Fullerton Ave., each and every item is categorized and arranged in an accessible, comfortable format. The Montrose Ave. warehouse is cluttered by comparison, but has a diverse range of costume options, as well as an upstairs branch of used costumesm varied and baroque.
There's lots of costumes and costume components to choose from both branches. Clothes and dresses are organized around different types of genres, from medieval fantasy swords, arms, armor, tunics, and the like, to historical roman togas, armor, banners, shields and swords that senators and legionnaires would wear, to the sabers, rapiers, tricorner hats, and naval coats that protagonists of a swashbuckling pirate tale would dash about in.
A section in one corner is dedicated to kid's costumes, another shelf is filled with Star Trek/Star Wars themed clothes, and a row is devoted to a masquerade ball maks, that can be customized and fitted to people's preferences. Around Halloween, rubber masks of famous pop culture monsters hang on the walls, and kiosks offer makeup and contacts (along with fake blood).
Around this time, Chicago Costumes also sells little 'DIY Kits', items that can be combined with used, conventional clothing to create convincing Halloween outfits. There are, for instance, kits for people trying to make steampunk costumes, consisting of monocles, tiny gears, brass goggles, leather fastenings, and other Victorian items. The Heisenburg DIY Kit consists of a fake goatee and porkpie hat for people trying to mimic Walter White, the suburban drug lord from the hit show “Breaking Bad”.
People who are trying to design their own Halloween costumes can find useful bits and pieces of outfits at Chicago Costumes for their outfits, outfits that will hopefully leave a frighting impression upon neighbors, friends, and family this holiday week.