Have zombies eaten our creativity?
Instead of planning and tailoring the perfect Halloween costume as many people have done in the past, more individuals are opting to buy pre-made costumes.
“It seems like no one wants to make them anymore,” said Brenda Sanchez, a worker at The Treehouse, a children’s clothing and gift store in Heavenly Village.
Sanchez attended Halloween functions over the weekend with her kids and said she saw only a handful of homemade costumes, which included the clown from “It” and a few rapper costumes.
Amie Isbell, a worker at The Treehouse, said all the kids coming into the store wanted princess or pirate costumes. A lot of the boys wanted to be super heroes or characters from movies, she said.
“They don’t want the traditional costumes,” Isbell said, referring to such costumes as ghosts, witches and vampires.
At Romantic Adventures, Manager Sooze D’Aintree said it’s a mad rush at their shop for costumes. She said the season is always busy and this year the bug, pirate, bee and police officer costumes have been popular. The adult store is at 2845 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Prices for the costumes range from $39.95 to $119.95, D’Aintree said.
Other places have seen the same trend with costumes. Crystal Whipple at the Costume Closet, at 3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in Lakeview Plaza, said many of the people coming into the store were looking for pre-made costumes, or looking to construct characters from movies, such as “Pulp Fiction” and other cult classics.
Whipple said Halloween should be about constructing a costume on an individual basis.
“It’s a scavenger hunt,” she said. “You find bits and pieces here and there.”
Even though personal costume-making isn’t widely practiced, some individuals are keeping the tradition alive. The most creative costume design Whipple saw this year was a middle-aged man costume. She said the man made a sports car out of cardboard, placed a blow-up doll in the passenger’s seat and wore a balding wig.
“It’s nice to see people out there with imagination,” Whipple said.
An employee at the Costume Closet was dressed in his “What’s left of Uncle Sam” costume. He had a long white beard, wore sunglasses, donned a hat with an American flag-patterned sash around it and held a cane in his green monster hands. “Uncle Sam” said he likes to help people create their costumes if they don’t have any ideas in mind.
He asks them what adjective their looking for, such as if they want to be silly, sexy or scary. From there, he likes to help them build their costume.
Wigs, makeup and clothing help spark the creative process. “They come in confused and leave in character,” he said.