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How do YOU Behave in a Costume Store

This may surprise you, but this article is not related to children in a costume store. Based on years of experience in an adult costume store, it seems some adults need reminding of the basic and proper costume store etiquette. I was watching Oprah last night and the show was all about rude people from a waitress or waiters’ perspective. I sure wish she would have covered rudeness in costume stores! If people would only behave in public like their mothers were watching, this article would have no place. Read on to see if you are rude or not.

First, if there are signs posted in the store, please take a moment to read them. There are some items in a costume store that should never be tried on – packaged babydoll lingerie, for example. It is simply unsanitary to try these items on. Instead of opening the package, simply read the size chart on the item and if you do not fall in the range, do not buy the item. I cannot tell you how many times grown adults will walk into a store, open a package and then, when caught say, “it was already open”. Actually, opening the package is just rude, as Oprah would say.

Browse the store and find your favorite costumes to try on. Then head on over to the dressing room. If you have 15 costumes in your hand, be prepared to wait in line several times. Because taking 15 costumes into the dressing room, when there is a line a mile long, is just plain rude. Pick your top 3 and read the size chart. Do not try to squeeze into the costume that is a size or two too small. See, when you try this, the costume will bust at the seams. Then, when you exit the dressing room and inform the dressing room attendant that the costume is ripped, this is just plain rude. If you rip a costume, pay for it, be honest, fess up. All this lying is absolutely ridiculous and once again, rude.

Ok, now you’ve got your lingerie and your costume, but you need shoes or sexy boots to tie it all together. This is not the time to try on a pair of heels and go running around the store. Yes, this article is geared toward adults and yes this is the behavior adults seem to think is ok when they enter a costume store. This is not a place to run around. High heels can be dangerous. You can turn your ankle and fall into a clothing rack and poke your eye out or worse! The idea is to try on the shoes or boots, make sure they fit; walk around to make sure you can imagine yourself in them for hours and if so, promptly take them off. Period.

Ah, but now you need a costume wig. There are different policies depending on the costume store. Sometimes you will need to buy a wig cap for sanitary purposes – who really wants lice? Sometimes, wigs cannot be tried on. Whatever the situation, be courteous to the wig handler. They are only following the store policy. If they inform you that wigs cannot be tried on, then don’t sneak to the back of the store, open a wig and try it on. This is rude.

To recap, as an adult, you should be able to conduct yourself in a mature and responsible way in a costume store. This means you enter the store, be observant of any signs, ask the sales person for assistance, be kind to others in the dressing room line and keep your selections to only 1-3 costumes, try on shoes and boots responsibly, and ask before trying on a wig. It’s real simple. It’s just so unfortunate that so many adults forget how to behave in a costume store. We want everyone to have fun and be safe and store owners and sales people also have the responsibility to ensure the merchandise doesn’t get damaged. That responsibility is shared with those that wish to try on costumes. So, next time you visit your local costume store, be kind and thoughtful and treat the merchandise as if it were your own.

About the author:
Shauna Milton is the owner of Scavenge Inc, a costume superstore that has been providing a wide selection of inexpensive halloween costumes, Infant Halloween costumes, Lederhosen and Dirndl Halloween Costumes and childrens Halloween costumes since 1998.

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