The 10 Best Costume Rental Companies in Boston
- Date: October 7, 2021
- Topic: Photography
- By: Peerspace
With a holiday or s[ecial event always right around the corner, Boston costume rental companies are always up to the task of dressing the masses. People are already lining up to find just the right outfit for their holiday party vision. So why not browse the collections of these local costume companies and see if they still have what you need for your next company or casual party?
1. Boston Costume
Open seven days a week from mornings to evenings, Boston Costume is one of the top Boston Costume rental companies, thanks to its overwhelming selection of creative outfits. While their entire collection hasn’t made it onto their website, you’ll still find sample images of hundreds of outfits, including military uniforms, traditional Asian garments, period outfits from particular decades of fashion trends, and so much more. In fact, they have one of the most diverse collections of costumes in the United States. So if you’re in an area whose costume rental companies cannot compare, Boston Costume also offers FedEx shipping to most locations in the USA.
2. Team Fun Events
Children and adults’ entertainment are the focus of Team Fun Events. Whether you’re looking for costume rentals for yourself or for someone to arrive in costume, they have you covered! Team Fun Events also provides face painting for children, balloon animals, circus productions, and event planning services for those in need of a helping hand.
We were especially impressed by the breadth of their offerings. Henna painting, stilt walkers, jugglers, popcorn, snow cones are all part of their services. Regardless of how you envision your party coming to life, Team Fun Events likely has prior experience making it happen. And the costumes on display cover the spectrum, ranging from mermaids to pirates and everything in between.
3. Total Entertainment
Bugs Bunny, Rugrats, Captain America, and other instantly recognizable characters are ready for short or long-term rental through Total Entertainment. And if you’d prefer having a professional in costume liven up a kid’s party, that’s quickly done as well. We enjoyed seeing what’s on offer through Total Entertainment’s website. That said, the photos on display don’t do justice to the total collection they have in stock. It’s better to visit them in person if you’re looking for something unique.
Besides being one of our favorite Boston costume rental companies, Total Entertainment offers party and event planning services, bouncing house rentals, sanitation services, food carts, and other party essentials.
4. Costume Works
Costume Works is one of our favorite Boston costume rental companies specializing in costume rentals and design for theatre productions. The flexibility they offer in bringing a creative vision to life extends to alterations to existing costumes, as well as using your sketches and suggestions to craft an entirely new outfit from scratch. You may have already encountered some of their creations not only on stage but also through the rock bands, theme parks, and other brands who needed quality costumes fit for a particular vision.
5. The Costume Company
While they do carry the classic collection of Halloween, Christmas, and other holiday themes, Costume Works has so much more to offer than Santa and pumpkins. Vintage costumes are one of their specialties. For example, the Victorian corsets, frills, wigs, and fans are perfect for intricate dress-ups. Their outfits are also well suited to Renaissance festivals and other reenactments where historical accuracy goes a long way.
Other historically oriented themes include each decade of Western fashion since the 1920s, masquerade ball masks, Mardi Gras, and colonial apparel. And if you’re looking for something dated yet younger than the past 100 years, their vintage clothing choices can quickly meet your needs.
6. Creative Costuming
With over 30,000 costumes available for rental and purchase (with 60% of their stock on display at their website), Creative Costuming is a top rental company to work with. They service Boston while also shipping to the rest of the USA. And having been in business for over 100 years, they have had time to collect some genuinely diverse costume options that go far beyond the usual.
Looking for a Roman centurion’s outfit — or perhaps a pop culture icon like a Spamalot character? Creative Costuming has you covered! And for those who fall in love with their creative vision, you can also purchase much of their stock.
7. Tracy Theatre Originals
As one of the trustiest Boston costume rental companies, Tracy Theatre Originals is also the oldest in operation since the 1880s! William Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, and producer Richard D’Oyly Carte founded the company. This trio of Londonite operetta producers partnered with George Lowell Tracy, a Boston music arranger, to improve the genre within the American theatre scene.
Tracy Theatre Originals now offers show-specific props, rental costumes, makeup, and accessories designed to meet the exacting standards of New England theatre productions. Their collection includes unique event costumes, party costumes, and custom creations like Chinese dragons for parades and other ceremonies.
8. Kolby Rentals
Kolby Rental is one of our favorite Boston costume rental companies because of how complete their selection of rental items is. For starters, unlike many Boston costume rental companies, their choice goes far beyond costumes. They also rent fondues, glasses, and other catering supplies. Their games, tents, snack machines, and other items are also perfect for any occasion. Kolby Rentals also has dozens of costumes with holiday, character, or other themes perfect for any event. Their costume selection sticks to classic and pop culture themes like Darth Vader, Santa Claus, reindeer, and instantly recognizable characters.
9. Magic World
Magic World is not just one of the top Boston costume rental companies. In fact, they serve Boston and all of Massachusetts, offering your choice of over 3,000 costumes. Themes range from classics like Batman or Alice in Wonderland to modern favorites like Elsa from Frozen. Magic World also has collections better suited to themed events like Mardi Gras, a murder mystery event, or Christmas. And if you’re looking for more than apparel, Magic World has over 75 entertainers, including DJs, clowns, and hypnotists, to add to the fun.
10. The Costume Room
Founded in 2009, The Costume Room is an aptly named costume rental company providing schools, theatres, and community groups with creative, high-quality costumes. They offer services in Boston and 28 states across the country, reaching as far as California on the west coast. Their costume collection meets the needs of the most famous theatre productions, including Grease, 101 Dalmatians, Hairspray, and other classics. The Costume Room also has a wide selection of costumes available for purchase, should you fall in love with a temporary outfit.
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