How To Get Your Halloween Costume On A Budget In St. Louis

October 15, 2013 7:00 AM

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Halloween is the one time a year when people can put on a costume and play a role just for fun. Channel your inner child and decide who you want to be this year. From “Iron Man” to “Despicable Me” minions, the options are endless and now more affordable than ever. Be resourceful and make portions of your costume. For the tricky stuff, trust the experts at a costume shop. Here is an easy list of places to fit all your needs for an inexpensive and impressive Halloween costume this year.

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Chad Theatrical
235 Jungermann Road
St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 441-2838

A member of the National Costumers Association, Chad Theatrical may stock dance wear, but it is a thriving Halloween center as well. Owner Anita is not only a dancer, but she created costumes for her alma mater’s plays, which gives her a wealth of knowledge to pass on to her customers. Chad Theatrical has a full supply of wigs and makeup alongside costumes, making a client’s selection easier than ever. Go here for the tricky stuff in your costume design.

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Schaefer’s Hobby Shop
11659 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63126
(314) 729-7077

The staff at Schaefer’s Hobby Shop has expert knowledge to share as each person hired is also a crafty individual. In the family business for over 65 years, customers will find a large selection of tools to use for costume-making. Pick up yarn here for that epic beard design to complete your “Hobbit” dwarf uniform or create a cute tutu from the tulle choices for some witchy attire. Get inspired at Schaefer’s Hobby Shop and be sure to check out the in-store specials on the website before you shop.

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The Upcycle Exchange
3206 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 282-7042

This unique craft store is also encouraging a go-green ideology by reusing craft materials via drop-off collections. Purchases at The Upcycle Exchange are made easy by a “pay-as-you-wish” method, meaning customers purchase supplies by the 10-gallon basket. If you choose not to fill your basket, you will be charged by the fraction price. Get your craft essentials for around $20 to $30 a basket. Feel free to bring in leftover material for in-store credit on your next big costume project.

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American Carnival Mart
1317 Lindbergh Plaza Center
St. Louis, MO 63132
(314) 991-6818

A store that supplies games and toys for local carnivals may not seem like the ideal location for Halloween shopping, but take advantage of the huge inventory American Carnival Mart has to offer. Find wigs or even a cape for that Batman or Superman costume for under $20. Stock up on face paint for that detailed makeup. Check out the selection of Halloween masks and you’ll quickly understand why this should be a go-to place for your costume party.

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Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon
1900 S. Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 621-6199

Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon is St. Louis’s own Halloween mega-store with tons of supplies for all your festive needs. With over 25 years in the costume industry, the selection is gigantic and the prices are fair. Find a creepy nun mask and show up as the infamous bank robbers from “The Town.” Find a beautiful blonde or all-white wig and impress people with your Daenerys Targaryen outfit inspired by “Game of Thrones.” Be sure to stock up on Halloween decorations from Johnnie Brock’s and make your house the talk of the street with some spooky fixtures.

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Living in St. Louis, Amanda Dahl is a freelance writer specializing in dating tips and ways to stylize your life; whether it be through house decor or finding a perfect pair of shoes. Her work can be found at

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