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How to Store Halloween Costumes

How To | November 3, 2019

Storing Halloween Costumes
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It is hard to believe that Halloween has already come and gone for the year. Halloween continues to be the fastest growing consumer holiday as each year, more money is spent on costumes, decorations and candy for Halloween celebrations. According to Investopedia, consumers will have spent nearly $9 billion on Halloween this year. An average consumer will have spent $86 on costumes, candy or decorations. This trend will continue to grow. People across the world celebrated Halloween in many different ways from handing out candy, decorating their house and yard, dressing in costumes, or throwing or attending Halloween parties.

Halloween Costume Storage Ideas

Consumers spend a lot of money on costumes whether it’s making, renting or buying costumes for the Halloween season. The most popular Halloween costumes for children in 2019 were a witch, ghost, princess or Batman. For adults, the most popular costumes were a dinosaur, clown or action and superhero costumes. Costumes can be expensive, so it is important if you are storing them for future use, to keep them in the best condition. Properly storing Halloween costumes will save you money for years to come.

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How to Clean Halloween Costumes

To prepare the costume for storage, make sure that it is properly laundered, dry cleaned or hand washed based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove all stains in the costume as they can become permanent and ruin the costume. Find tips for cleaning Halloween costumes below.

  • Dry Clean: It isn’t uncommon for costumes to require dry cleaning. If the costume is made of wool, velvet or pleather, take it to the dry cleaner.
  • Hand Wash: Any costume with tulle, beads or sequins should be hand washed. To hand wash your costume, add a very small amount of detergent to a tub full of cold water. Put the costume in the soapy water, gently working out any stains. Once the costume is clean, rinse it and let it hang dry.
  • Machine Wash: If the costume is made of nylon, acrylic or polyester, machine wash it on a cold setting. Once it is clean, let the costume air dry.

How to Store Costumes

Looking for tips on how to store Halloween costumes? It is recommended that costumes are stored in a manner to retain their original shape. Find tips for storing Halloween costumes below.

  • Use Acid Free Storage: Store costumes in an acid free plastic container (orange to signify Halloween) or garment bag, if they need to be hung. If you’re folding the costume in a bin, use acid free tissue paper in between the folds to help the costume keep its shape
  • Avoid Using Plastic Bags: Do not store costumes in a plastic bag! These bags can trap moisture which can damage the costume over long term storage
  • Support Helmets and Masks During Storage: Stuff helmets and masks with bubble wrap in order to keep their shape and then store upright
  • Have Young Children? Store Costumes in the Playroom: Young children love to play dress-up in their Halloween costumes before and after trick-or-treating so if this is the case, make sure that the costume has been properly cleaned after Halloween. Then put the costumes in a plastic storage bin in the child’s room or playroom to use for dress-up.

Still looking for more Halloween costume storage tips? We’ve created a Halloween storage infographic to give easy-to-follow tips to help make sure that Halloween costumes are properly taken care of when being placed in storage.

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Halloween costumes can be stored in a closet, basement, attic, or a storage unit. Halloween costumes need to be properly prepared and stored correctly so they can be ready for future use.

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