Kansas City's oldest costume shop still serving up Halloween fun

Jim Cunningham
October 17, 2018 - 7:02 am

Kansas City Costume Company does brisk business in October. 

The shop is getting a lot of requests this year for 'circus ringmaster' costumes, said Miranda Brand, who calls herself the pseudo-retail manager.

"P.T. Barnum (became) very popular this year when that movie came out," Brand said, referring to The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman. "As well as the female version of that, which we can definitely cater towards."

"Our number one couple's costume we get asked about is going to be 1920s flappers and gangsters," Brand said. "We have plenty of flappers dresses in many, many sizes and colors. We plenty of pin-striped suits for you."

Rental costumes at the shop are made in-house and can be tailored to the customer. 

"Generally they run anywhere from $55 to $100," Brand said. "It really depends on how exuberant you want to get with your costume, how elaborate and all that jazz."

The store has what it calls a "look book" for people who are not sure about their costume. It contains all sorts of wigs, masks, horror makeup and prosthetics.

Kansas City Costume Company is located on Raytown Road, just east of Blue Ridge Boulevard.

It's been selling and renting costumes and theatrical accessories since 1925.

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