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Halloween Tricks for Seasonal Royalty
"I'm looking for originality, creativity and cost value!
This is for You!
Early this season, several of my very loyal readers began to ask questions with regard to if I had any new "secrets" for décor and places to go for great deals and or exciting Halloween costumes! Out of great appreciation for your loyalty and the attention you have lavished upon me each year, I decided to save you valuable time by searching every available Halloween outlet and specialty vendor to bring to you the most original products, highest customer service and quality made fabrics and designs available, and for a good to excellent cost value. Wow, this has been quite an undertaking and my eyes have been opened to the wonderful turn that celebrating this Halloween Holiday has been trending in the past few years! Let me be your tour guide through some of the most fantastic, and unique Halloween/costume shops in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas!
I want to focus not only on the most cost effective and comprehensive shopping experiences but I am looking for time effectiveness as I am sensitive to the current need for getting things done in the shortest possible time, without of coarse, any needless sacrifice in the areas of unique and creative décor and costuming products.
So here is my best effort in sourcing great shopping opportunities and my personal referral to the Best of the Best, available locally to Southern Californians, as well as online sales to the rest of the world!
Looking for Realistic Looks or "Fantasmic Fantasies"?
Whether for this Halloween, this month, next year, or all the rest of the year....you can find costuming of realism and authenticity or fanciful, fantasy, all kinds of themes, well known or nostalgic characters. You will find costumes for other "non-Halloweeny" holidays and events and in addition every kind of accessory you might need for creating your own creations and characters. We will explore my favorite sources for rentals and purchasing, specifically for this months' holiday festivities.
Your costuming experience can be frightening, sparkling and gemmalicious, intriguing, or down right goofy ad outrageous, and for the exceptionally diverse customers, there are adult specific costuming you might consider sexy, provocative, stealthy or hilarious. You can shop for your infant or infants, toddlers or any aged children or adults all in one superstore, focus on centrally locating your every party and costume designing need.
Where can you find a costume shop that has rooms full of Wigs???
A Castle is an Extravagant Building of many, many rooms. A Costume Castle has many, many rooms but each of the rooms is organized in a special way so you can see the specific components of costuming and party décor in an orderly display. I have seen the opposite in other stores where everything is thrown into one section and after several customers have searched and handled the items everything begins to be mixed and hidden from view. A Castle has high end accommodations and treats it's visitors like royalty. A Costume Castle has a strongly developed ethic of customer appreciation and service, organizes the castle spaces in a way that comforts, accommodates and helps it's visitors enjoy the whole shopping experience. Perhaps you will want to visit and compare the Costume Castle or it's satellite store to compare the Royal Atmosphere to the usual shopping stops that people will be rummaging through to try to find the right size, the right color...stop! If you want to have a more organized and time valued shopping experience, you need to take the path to the right Castle, I promise, it will be the only shopping stop you will need to make this Halloween!
Tell me where are the best shops for Halloween Décor & Costume Originality?
Infants & Toddlers Rooms
Twins to Octuplets, you can thematically dress them all!
Can I get Qualified advice and unique ideas?
For those who have asked....
Ok so you are very busy and have to squeeze in the Holiday preparations between soccer, school activities and socially required party attendance, etc.,etc.,etc. I have been thinking about the pros and cons of spending valuable time shopping locally, hitting every local shop to find just the "right stuff" versus taking a short drive to a proven location that houses every type of Halloween Product you can imagine, many I never, ever imagined, and for reasonable prices!
The all year round costume shops exceed the seasonal set up shops because they keep large stocks and not only have Halloween costumes for purchase, but they provide costume rentals for all seasonal holidays and other events, private and entertainment needs.
I have explored some shops with so much to offer that my photography expertise cannot compare to the actual experience of being in these shops. If you happen to be a parent, you cannot enter one of these fabulous shops without bringing your children, including your teens! If you do not heed this warning...prepared to be dealing with feelings of regret once you get there. Bring a picnic, or take the family to dine across the street for this one as everyone who reads this article through to the end will get added hints for inexpensive but unforgettable food for the whole family! What an adventure and the benefits are completing your Halloween shopping in one stop!
Can You Help Me? I am looking for a Professional Make Up Line called Ben Nye?
Complete Halloween Shopping Experience!
Where else can you get a full line of Professional Artists' Cosmetics like Ben Nye? Keep reading, you will find it easily and even have make up advice available to you.
One of the most Unique Features of this Costume Store is the lovely Dressing Rooms, yes, changing rooms for your privacy! Located right next to the Rental Office.
How do I get that Professional Character Look?
The Winning Shops are Year 'Round Costume Shops that have better Customer Service and Larger Stock with Greater Selection and Quality Product!
My personal evaluation regarding where to save time and money, as well as where you will find the best selection of Décor and Unique Costume choices is at the Halloween shops that are open all year long for customers that need Costume rentals for special events, musicals and plays, even luxuriant Santa Suits that are film appropriate and highly regarded for their excellent quality. (Rentals or for purchase, the prices are very reasonable, even if a family wants their own Santa Suit, or other costume for Private Functions!)
I need some great Ideas!
Accessories, Just a Sampling...
Tour of a Year Round Costume Shop that Services all Halloween Ideas!
Costume Rental Shops have a heart for Halloween like no other Retailers, as their year round occupation is providing Fantasy Products for all kinds of events and public or private needs. This is a tour of one of the best Year Round Shops in the Southern California Area, a relatively short drive from and Southern California town or city.
I cannot begin to tell you how limited my photographic representation of this Halloween spot is, it's frustrating that I cannot extend this article enough to capture the magic and sphere that this "Castle" reaches, how much more there is than I can display here!
The question is, where to begin designing each costume or laying out a party room to your best idea of creativity for this years' celebrations and hosting efforts.
We will begin with a small sampling of the hats, wigs and other headgear, but don't think for a minute that this sampling can justify the extensive inventory available at this one location!
You will find three rooms of just Hats, Helmets, and Headgear, then there are rooms full of wigs, and other head & Hair accessories, plus through-out the Castle are other toppers linked to certain costuming ideas.
Next you will see various masks, facial prostheses that will make you think of Professional Make Up artists and that great weekly TV program completion called "FACEOFF"!
This is the only costume super store that actually sells professional make up brands like Ben Nye Cosmetics!
Starting at the top, Hats, Wigs, Masks
Rooms of Hats, other rooms of just masks, still more rooms with costume accessories and more still with shoes, boots and other footwear, or even "feet", that is true product organization. One of the best ways to show your customer base that you honor them and that you are aware of their needs, is to set up their shopping experience in such a way that it will provide entertaining, interesting and stimulating creativity. Another way to have customers enjoy shopping in your location is to train up your staff. Converse to a temporary costume set up that is only seasonal, the staff does not function in a permanent mentality, having a year 'round store insures that many of the staff are fully trained and enthusiastic about the industry and also are qualified to train up needed temporary staff more fully in all the areas of customer service and providing informational, helpful advice.
Where can someone go where every imaginable Halloween decoration type, thousands and thousands of costuming ideas and themes for all ages, as well as information and advice is available ? There maybe more but I only found two locations locally, and they also have online store access for everyone and anyone who does not live in Southern California.
You can't Imagine!
Need to add that finishing touch to your costume?
Costume Castle carries
thousands of costume accessories for every type of costume. Masks,
hats, wigs, beards, stockings, petticoats, shoes, make-up, jewelry,
wings, armor, weapons, character kits, canes, feather boas, gloves, glow
items and props are just the beginning of what we have to help you
finish off your look. From gore to gorgeous, our knowledgeable staff can
assist you in creating any desired look or effect.
Authentic Looking Western Wear!
From Top to Bottom, Hats & Wigs & Make-Up to Boots & Shoes and Stockings!
Wigs and Beards!
Can't find a bigger selection of wigs and beards!
Top Rated Store for Customer Service
The Most Excellent Customer Service!
Props and Party - Endless Ideas!
Vintage to Futuristic!
There are many types of seasonal stores where you can pick up boxed costumes, like Wal-Mart, Target and even pharmacies. You can find kids costumes that are so typical you might worry that you'll end up taking the wrong child home because they have the same costume as your kid. Heh heh, well, maybe not, but I actually worry about these things.
People who aren't really into the whole trend of making this holiday a social and/or family event won't give a hoot about where they pick up their needed costumes, it's just another commitment to be fulfilled. But...People with extraordinary imaginations, people who seek to pass on their intense creativity and attention to detail - maybe to their children, maybe to their friends, maybe to their studio set staff...I'm positive I'll be seeing you or hearing about your visit to The Costume Castle this month!
There is a place at the end of this article where you may want to leave comments. Please do. I will answer them! Now we will change our focus to the promised reward I mentioned in the beginning, a reward only for those readers who read the article all the way to it's conclusion...
Costume Slide Show!
The Costume Castle Satellite Store, at The Market Place, Near Target
This is merely a Peek into some of the Wonderful Things You can do for Halloween!
I really can't do this place justice, and I cannot even use all the incredible photographs I took of
The Costume Castle, not to mention the other photos of other shopping sources. I picked just a splash of the various rooms and displays, but when you see it for yourselves, you will probably comment to me with questions like: "Why didn't you tell me they had this? Or "You should have included more info on ..." I am anticipating your comments, you see, but I am mostly interested in hearing that you all had the Best Halloween Ever, and that you found my personal favorite shopping source to be everything I said it is!
Research Results - I found a Store that has it all!
I spent a great deal of time searching various costuming sources, initially visiting each spot as a would-be shopper. I clandestinely observed the store staffing, customer service, organization of product, available product and quality of products. My second visit to each location was more obvious as I walked in with my camera and lenses and a highly qualified assistant (my husband) prepared to ask the appropriate questions.
I encountered various situations, pro & cons, and as I qualified and classified the Halloween preparedness features of each location, it became obvious to me where I felt most comfortable and stimulated shopping. I enjoyed the atmosphere and presentation, the friendliness and availability of the staff as well as their knowledge of the products. I evaluated each source and at the end of my search I found one year round costume store, that actually has a "satellite store" to help handle the customer load of the busy Halloween season, that is totally committed to provide the most efficient and complete Halloween service this month!
As promised you will find a map for the most sensational Mexican Cafe' Grille, excellent prices and the food is very memorable. Everything at Cafe' Rio Mexican Grille is handmade from the Tortillas to desserts. Authentic flavors and "secret recipes" you will not taste anywhere else. I personally guarantee if you enjoy Barbeque, their Sweet Pork Mexican Salad with their Mexican Vinegrette Dressing is exceptional and their portions are large. Phone number: (949) 334-9293. They are located directly across the street from The Costume Castle. (see map at the end of this article)
Shoes, Boots, Fake Feet?
Surely you'll find many surprises in this Adventurous Room!
I'm thinking that this Halloween costume source allows everyone to live out their own hidden personalities and act out their Halloween Fantasies as well. Whatever your taste in partying and socializing, you'll find tamely sexy to the Outrageously Untamed.
Adult Novelty Section - Wait.....What?
What to look for All Year Round?
The Costume Castle,
To Call Ahead: (949) 588-9929
Cast your vote!
Where would you prefer to shop for Halloween?
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Take the family to Costume Castle, then enjoy a fantastic meal at Cafe' Rio across the street!
You will truly enjoy the family styled Mexican food at this location. If you enjoy Barbeque, I personally recommend the Barbequed Pork Mexican Salad with Mexican Vingrette Dressing. All there food is homemade on site from their tortillas to their desserts, and I sincerely believed your family will have an Adventure to remember topped of with a very Memorable meal!
Cafe' Rio Mexican Grille, (directly across the street from Costume Castle)
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