’s Halloween Countdown: Getting into costume

We confronted demons and horrors yesterday when we told you the best places to scare the crap out of you in Las Vegas, now our Halloween countdown (just nine days left!) continues with inspirational spots to secure an Instagram-worthy costume.

Sure, Vegas has its share of Party City and Halloween Spirit stores, but do you really want to wear the same costume as your 14-year-old cousin? We didn’t think so. Our suggestions will help you find costumes that look better than those sported by the crazy characters posing for photos on the Las Vegas Strip. But if you were hoping to win some of the $200,000 being given away by Drai’s Nightclub, you’ll need to wear something worthy of its own Comic-Con booth. We hope you started working on that costume 11 months ago.

For all you club goers, pay special attention to the nightclubs’ rules regarding masks (some allow them, some don’t) and above all don’t wear your mask through the hotel. Security doesn’t care that you’ve accurately recreated the Gimp from Pulp Fiction and you don’t want them going medieval on your ass.

Williams Costume has something for everyone from rhinestones to custom costumes for rent.


Williams Costume

Where: 1226 S. 3rd St., Las Vegas, NV 89104

Williams Costume had us at the word rhinestone. The shop has been a Vegas institution for more than 40 years and is chock full of rhinestones, sequins, trims, feathers and more to create an authentic Vegas showgirl outfit. Not surprising as the store is run by Nancy Williams Baker, a former dancer who started her Vegas career at the El Rancho Hotel when it was surrounded by desert.

Costume designers love this local treasure, but the not-so-crafty can find a treasure trove of handmade costumes – more than 10,000, many sewn by Baker herself – available for rental. And if you’re willing to pony up the money ($125 – $350), they have a small selection of ready-made, stage-worthy showgirl headdresses.

Star Costumes and Theatrical Supply offers a great selection of wigs, hats, costumes and theatrical make-up.

Star Costume and Theatrical Supply

Where: 3230 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89102

We wig out any time we visit Star Costume – literally. Star costumes wig selection beats the Halloween superstores any day of the week. They have an epic hat selection too. And don’t get us started on the makeup area – cases and cases of theatrical makeup and supplies plus the expert staff who can make your zombie dreams come true. Walk through this store and you’ll be itching to start experimenting with liquid latex and body paint in a surprisingly sinless way.

The shop has been around for more than 30 years and has custom costumes for rent and purchase. Star Costume also has a ballroom and dance area, including shoes to help you recreate the looks of your favorite “Dancing With the Stars” contestants.

The Black Room features fetish and club wear. Photos by Franz P. / Yelp.

The Black Room

Where: 1000 E. Sahara Road, Las Vegas, NV 89104

If you’re headed out to the annual Fetish and Fantasy Ball then you better have the right outfit and there is no place better than The Black Room. Check out the store in person because chances are The Black Room’s website is blocked by your company’s network policies – No really HR, we needed to see this website for our job.

The Black Room boasts top notch fetish wear, leather and lingerie with brands imported from Germany and Italy. Our favorite is the metal-spiked bra and panty set, but that one might be too dangerous for Strip play. Piece together your own titillating outfit or choose something already strapped together.

Bonanza Gifts has a surprising number of hats and masks to create a unique Halloween costume.

World’s Largest Gift Shop – Bonanza Gifts

Where: 2440 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104

Bonanza Gifts is the go-to spot for kitschy Vegas souvenirs. So why did it end up on a costume guide? Because, everyone needs a rubber chicken mask. And a rubber horse mask. And a rubber squirrel mask. And, yes, a rubber pig mask. It’s like the Fab Four met up with Hunter S. Thompson and smoked a few. Afterwards, recreate the “Godfather” and stuff the horse mask in someone’s bed.

Bonanza Gifts is home to the weirdest pop culture items that can be made into unusual costumes. Their selection of oddball hats – hamburgers, pizzas, eyeballs – easily inspire unique costume options. Pick up a few fezzes, throw on a suit and grab a belly dancer and you’ve easily recreated a Shag print.


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