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Costume Shop livens Halloween spirit

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Rachel Sheffey '18 tries on various Halloween costume attire at the Emerson Costume Shop's stock sale the weekend before Halloween. All of the costumes were used in previous campus theatrical performances. (Photo by Michelle Kwong '15)

Call this a spook-tacular campus resource!

With Halloween coming up this Friday, October 31, many Emerson students looking for elaborate but affordable costumes took advantage of the College Costume Shop’s “Costume Stock Sale” in the Multipurpose Room of the Max Mutchnick Campus Center this past weekend.

The costumes have all been used in theatrical productions by students in Performing Arts. Emerson’s Costume Shop is located in the Tufte Performance and Production Center and boasts more than 10,000 costume pieces.

Students pick up Halloween attire at the Costume Stock Sale. (Video by Michelle Kwong '15)

“You can spend $3 here, and now you look like a bloody zombie or a bloody stockbroker,” said Debbie Krasa, business manager of the Costume Shop for more than two decades. “It’s Boston. It’s Halloween. People can go nuts.”

“I am going as Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter,” said Megan Gelinas ’16.

Samantha Durand ’17 was happy to find a top hat and a red blazer.

“My goal is to be a lion tamer,” she said. “Or something circus-y.”

“I’d definitely recommend this to anyone,” Gelinas said of the costume sale. “You don’t get this anywhere else. Not every college does this.”


Megan Gelinas '16 tries on costumes at the Costume Stock Sale. (Photo by Michelle Kwong '15)

Krasa said it’s great to see the Emerson student spirit come alive in her shop around Halloween, due in big part to the College’s large theater and filmmaking communities.

“It’s a fun event,” she said. “But for our Performing Arts kids, especially the actors, it’s a great way to fill up your closet without spending a lot of money. As an actor, you never know what you’re going to be called to do, so it’s great to have a wonky tuxedo or a scary dress.”

Learn more about the Costume Shop.

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