Beauty and the Beast Costumes
When driving up Dayton Boulevard towards Morrison Springs in Red Bank you may notice an odd building off to the side. The structure looks like two smaller homes fused together to form one multi-winged house. This building houses Beauty and the Beast Costumes…and it really is exactly as it appears. And so much more.
Beauty and the Beast Costumes has the largest selection of costumes in the region and is the only shop of its kind within 500 miles. While other costume retailers have hundreds of copies of the same costumes, Beauty and the Beast Costumes has thousands of custom, one-of-a-kind costumes that you just can’t find anywhere else.
“No two costumes here are alike,” says Susan Stringer, manager of this unique shop. “We offer a little bit for everyone, from latex and prosthetics to unique items that LARPers and Cosplayers would enjoy.”
Inside Beauty and the Beast Costumes you will find the floors and aisles jam packed with costumes, masks, toy weapons and accessories. There is also a 40 foot long, 10 foot tall wall of nothing but wigs; and like the costumes, no two wigs are alike. They also have a full stock of Mehron brand theatrical makeup for those talented individuals that like to do their own effects (and who may have been inspired by this week’s fashion makeup cover story). While they do not sell animatronics or home décor, their prices are much lower than other Halloween outlets.
They offer costumes from small and petite sizes all the way to 4XL so everyone is sure to be able to find their own unique costume for the scariest of all nights of the year. There is also a variety of mix-and-match items that can be used to make a truly one of a kind outfit.
Beauty and the Beast also offers costume rentals for the public as well as for local school productions and haunted houses, and many of these rentals are hand made by Stringer. The shop is a female owned-and-operated retailer who does not believe in objectifying women and their bodies by selling revealing and often times offensive costumes. While they do have some costumes that are sassy, they are not inappropriate. They strive to keep Halloween a family oriented holiday while still making sure it can be super scary and super cute.
If you are in the search for a unique costume that everyone will surely ask about at this years Halloween party, then stop by Beauty and the Beast Costumes at 3780 Dayton Blvd. in Red Bank. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Just keep an eye out for the rose and bear paw print on the sign.