Whether you DIY or buy online, quality Halloween costumes that are meant to last need proper post-party care. Just think: You spend good money on a creative costume, wear said costume to a party, and finally throw it in a Halloween bin for next year or the year after? Gross. Just imagine the dust, bacteria, or - worse - the smells that are fermenting in that box for an entire year.
Consider this the official pre-Halloween tip that should be screamed from the top of the mountains: Caring for your one-of-a-kind, show-stopping costume before storing it will make you so much happier in the long run!
If you're feather-clad, leather-bound, covered in sequins or anything in between this Halloween, you'll be happy you took the time to clean and properly store your Halloween attire that can continue to be used for years to come.
Check out these 5 tips on maintaining a hassle-free holiday zone next year:
1. You had fun, right?!
Maybe you're the type to spend way more money than the Goodwill shopper. Perhaps you spend hours (and hours) of time hand-crafting the perfect garment. In any case, the only truly spooky moment is getting home after the party and treating any spills, stains, rips and tears that seem to have magically appeared. Kudos to you for having a great evening! Now, let's get to work.
2. Assess the costume.
Gently place the costume in good lighting to analyze its state. From top to bottom and side to side, take in every inch of fabric to assess areas needing improvement. Now, take notes on each area of damage. Perhaps there's a rip to the hem, a fruit punch stain or a string of sequins that has become detached. Noted!
3. You guessed it: Fix the damage.
From broken zippers and damaged ornaments, to rips and tears, Tide Cleaners is your one-stop shop for meticulous costume repairs. Did we mention that along with alterations and repairs, we'll send you home with a professionally cleaned and finished garment? That's a two-for! And at no extra charge for the cleaning.
4. Find the perfect storage.
Once you receive your perfectly mended and clean costume, find a storage box that won't crush it. Ideally, find a dark, indoor closet shelf to protect your annual ensemble during the summer months. If not, find an air-tight box for outdoor storage, taking care to remove items that could potentially melt in 115-degree heat like any plastics, masks, or makeup.
5. Wear it proudly year after year!
CONGRATULATIONS! You've just made next year's fall season that much more enjoyable by taking the time to assess, fix, store and enjoy wearing your one-of-a-kind costume.