Costume Capers for Fall

Part of this season’s fun are the opportunities to transform yourself and head out on the town with other costume-clad celebration seekers. Whether you’re looking to be wicked, whimsical or wondrous, here are several area places to find your alternate persona, plus some ideas on where to show it off.

Arrrrrrr you ready for costume parties?

To get really creative with your costuming, skip the big box or online stores and hit these locally owned shops, most in Midtown Reno.

At the Melting Pot World Emporium, you can find fantastically funky options including goggles, body paints, colorful attire, fake furs, netting, even an occasional tutu.

Just down the street at Junkee Clothing Exchange, discovering masks, wigs, fascinators, hats, face and body paints, hats, accessories, jewelry and more is as easy as spotting a jack-o-lantern on Halloween. It’s also a great spot to find ugly sweater holiday party gear, when ‘tis the season for those type of gatherings.

PolyEsther’s Costume Boutique helps you tap into your inner geisha, gangster or anything else you can fathom. They carry Ben Nye theatrical makeup, specialize in character costumes, have entire pirate- and Gatsby era-themed sections and also rent extravagant get-ups to save you some dough for the holidays. They can alter anything you bring in or create the custom vision in your head.

In South Lake, the Jolly Roger flies freely at CC’s Pirate Treasures, where you can find all the pirate booty needed to cover your own booty … and all the other parts. In Incline Village, pop-up and custom costumer Annette Summers of Dress the Party carries high-end costumes, vintage clothing to create your own professional theatre makeup, plus offers custom fittings and consultations by appointment.;


Fanciful fun

Decked out in your ghoulish garb, fantastical fairy gear or Santa costume? Head to any of these events, ranging from family friendly to fairly frisky.

October 20 in downtown Reno, the undead come out to … well, drink. Heavily. At the annual Reno Zombie Crawl, get out your finest green goop and freshly eaten flesh, grab a cup for $5 at any of the 45-plus participating bars, and scare the daylights out of the living while imbibing from 8 p.m. – 4 a.m.

On Saturday, October 27, Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa on Tahoe’s south shore will host the 40th Annual Freakers Ball. Costume up and get down to live music, DJs, go-go dancers, drink specials and a costume contest featuring more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.

All ages are welcome at the 7th annual Pumpkinpalooza event in Sparks on October 21. A rousing pumpkin derby race, games, live music, a children’s costume parade and much more create a carnival feel in Victorian Square from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., all to benefit the nonprofit Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living.

Calling all costume-clad creatures to Halloween Hollow on October 27, taking place in Reno’s Riverwalk District from 5 – 7 p.m. Download their online treasure map and find all the goodies being doled out by the Riverwalk merchants.

On October 27, costuming up to celebrate Nevada’s birthday makes the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. even more fun. This year, more than 200 entries will float down the state capital’s main drag.

Saturday, December 15, the banks of the Truckee River will be teeming with tacky sweaters during downtown Reno’s annual Ugly Sweater Wine Walk from 2 – 5 p.m. Deck the Riverwalk with your ugliest holiday-themed attire and enter their costume contest, grab a wine glass at one of the participating merchants for a $20 tasting fee that goes to support local nonprofits and head on your merry way to dozens of drinking destinations.

Later on December 15, the notoriously fun Santa Pub Crawl begins at 7:30 p.m., also in downtown Reno. Pretend you just flew in from the North Pole, grab your most merry or obnoxious holiday garb and join throngs of fellow festivity seekers. Purchase a cup at one of their participating locations for drink discounts at the partaking bars, who happily brace themselves for this rowdy romp every year.

This season, make your friends do a double-take with your creative costuming and enjoy being someone, or something, entirely different for a day.


By: Natasha Bourlin