Costumes! Size? Buy or make?
One thing that I have noticed isn't talked about too much is costumes. We always get into walls, sounds, video and lighting and other aspects of the show but I hardly read anything on costumes. As much as I'd like a guide for make-up ideas aside from just prosthetic make-up, but paint make-up as well, I also want to ask about wardrobe!
Does your haunt purchase or build costumes? Buy the big ticket main character costume and have regular actors just dress in all black? Make all your own costumes?
How does your haunt go about purchasing or making costumes based on size? Do you know what type of actor you want to hire for a part and construct their costume based on that? (ie. pre-done size and you hire for that body type?) Do you hire and alter the costume later?
Thanks in advance!
Thank you all sooooo much!!
Considering my questions were geared towards a start-up, you all gave me GREAT feedback!! While my haunt grows, stock up...and when it gets on it's feet, continue stocking up! haha. Allen H, you were the entire reason I posted this and it was because of your reply to "If you could give only one piece of advice" that I was looking forward to your response most!!!
I had my first run in with a top-notch pro haunt this last season (SCarowinds) and after they interviewed/hired us, they took our measurements for costumes. I guess that makes it easier for wardrobe to choose our character and what costume we would be wearing. Don't know how or why I got to be the voodoo guy, but it was awesome and I made the costume my own by incorporating a staff that I purchased and asking wardrobe for a top hat and a bone necklace.
THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!!!