How To Get Your Halloween Costume On A Budget Around Baltimore

October 15, 2013 6:00 AM

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Halloween is not just for children. More and more adults wear costumes, go to parties, host parties and enjoy the creepy season. Costume prices can range from $10-$20 to hundreds of dollars. Ways to keep costume expenses down, but not give up on originality is to make costumes from commercial patterns, duct tape or put together an ensemble from a thrift store. In the greater Baltimore area, there are numerous fine stores that can help put together a costume for a scream.

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Artistic Costumes and Dance Fashions
1304 Goucher Blvd.
Towson, Md. 21286
(410) 321-1121

For more than 32 years, Artistic Costumes & Dance Fashions, located in Towson, has supplied theatrical costumes, dance fashions, prostheses, theatrical makeup and other items to theater and dance companies throughout the state. It is a favorite destination for people seeking Halloween costumes. The store stocks about 2,000 costumes that can be rented and about 5,000 costumes that can be purchased. From steampunk to gangsters, the family-owned business has them in stock.

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The Zone
813 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 539-2817

Located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, The Zone is a small consignment shop that has a wide range of clothing items from various time periods. From fancy gowns to crazy prints, the store has both clothing and accessories. The Zone specializes in quality merchandise for bargain prices. Look for specials and related items that can be used to create a unique costume.

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A T Jones & Sons Inc.
708 N. Howard St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 728-7087

A T Jones & Sons Inc. is the oldest costume company in the country that is still in operation. Founded in 1868, it stocks costumes used by opera and theatre companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. It also stocks quality theatrical makeup. As a theatrical supply company, it specializes in historic, fantasy and other unique costume items. It carries a selection of kid costumes, as well.

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Gene’s Costumes
10636 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, Md. 20895
(301) 949-4111

Gene’s Costumes, located in Kensington, north of the 495 Beltway, has been providing theatrical costumes to customers in the Washington/Baltimore areas for a number of decades. The business stocks rental costumes for adults and children. Choose between pirate, fairy, period, retro and even Renaissance selections. Go to the website for costume suggestions.

Repeat Performance Dancewear
5050-B Nicholson Lane
Rockville, Md. 20852
(301) 881-0800

For more than 35 years, Repeat Performance Danceware, located in Rockville, has supplied dance accessories and theatrical costumes to customers throughout the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia area. In addition to a huge selection of dance-related items, the company stocks a large number of rental costumes, wigs, makeup, beards, hats, etc. The company also has a line of disguise kits, noses, masks, capes and other items, ranging from flappers to royalty.

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