From the outside, Costume World may look like another party store, but it is more than that. The shop is the largest costume retailer in the United States. Deerfield Beach's Costume World is over 25,000 square feet, and home to more than 1 million costumes.
The front of the shop is divided into two sections: costumes for sale and for rent. The "for sale" costumes change seasonally, with typical halloween costumes in October, Santa suits in December and Irish-themed goods in March. The store offers loads of accesories to embellish any look, from hair extensions to colorful contacts, shields and fake blood.
The "for rent" side leases extravagant costumes such as Chiquita Banana, Cleopatra, and Shakespearean looks. Many of these costumes had lives elsewear.
Marilynn A. Wick owns Costume World and the Wick Theater in Boca Raton. She collects costumes from Broadway and uses them onstage at the Wick and as rentals at Costume World. In fact, Costume World has the largest collection of Broadway wardrobes.
At the back end of Costume World, thousands of costumes hang from multilevel racks. Boxes are labeled and filled with accessories such as buttons, hats and gloves. Seamstresses work at dozens of stations to create one-of-a-kind pieces and alter rentals.
Other year-round costume shops in South Florida include:
-- Crazy about Costumes in Fort Lauderdale (1931 S. Federal Highway, 954-767-8633)