Northwest Costume stocks thousands of costumes for rent or purchase

// Helpers are standing by for grab-and-go costume shoppers

The final hours are ticking away as Halloween weekend party time draws near. And the race is on for that “perfect” costume.

“We have people coming in an hour before their parties, pick out a costume, put it on and walk out the door with their regular clothes in a bag,” Value Village Store Manager Stacy Jordan said. “That happens all the time.”

Value Village streamlines the costume selection process by not only putting all the costumes and accessories on one side of the store, but by grouping costumes by themes so that all the pirate costumes are located in one section and the clown or monster costumes are in another. Costume idea cards are also available if a shopper wants a checklist of their vision of a Katy Perry or alien outfit. Costume consultants are also on hand to come up with other ideas as a way to make complete outfits on a shopper’s budget.

“We definitely have something for every budget,” Jordan said, noting that the store has new and used costumes as well as racks of second-hand clothing shoppers can browse through to piece a costume together for just a few dollars.

For higher-end costumer seekers, Northwest Costume has rentals for about $50 or accessories for sale specifically for people planning to attend corporate Halloween events or costume contests.

“We have a lot of costume contest winners come in all the time,” owner Mary Johnson said. “They always have to top what they did the year before.”

Costumes from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s are always popular alongside pirate, showgirl and Old West costumes. Couples often want to match their costumes, so famous couples from history are popular as well.

Too late to shop for a costume? Here are 10 ideas courtesy of

Carry a quarter and a hammer. What are you? A Quarter-pounder.

Dress all in black, tie a shot glass around your neck. What are you? A shot in the dark!

Wear all black and put a postage stamp (enlarged if possible) on your chest. What are you? Black mail.

Attach sugar cubes (or candy) all over yourself. What are you? Sugar-Daddy or Sugar-Momma.

Take a quarter (or preferably enlarged photocopy of one) and tape it to your back. What are you? A quarter-back.

Wrap yourself in some (or all) aluminum foil. What are you? A baked potato!

Put a piece of Styrofoam beneath an old t-shirt. Stab a fork through it (careful!). You are “done.”

Get an old box. Cut a hole for your head. Attach book, tissue box and lamp. What are you? A "One Night Stand!"

Paint a shoebox black and attach it to your back. What are you? A refrigerator magnet.

Dress normally. Pin some socks, dryer sheets and hand towels to your shirt. Static cling.


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