Meadville Tribune

Local News

September 29, 2013

Rent a costume for some Halloween frights

MEADVILLE — Halloween is a time for kids and adults alike to pretend to be something they’re not — an opportunity to play a role, if only for a few hours — to scare someone, impress someone, enchant someone or just plain have some fun.

In that case, the Academy Theatre — where many people over the years have portrayed someone else — seems might just be the perfect place to find the costume needed to complete the late-October role-playing. The Academy has between 200 and 300 costumes that can be rented this Halloween season — or any season.

They’re not all from Academy productions, though. Most have been donated by a costume shop, and the Academy for the past five years has made some extra money for its operations by renting the costumes.

Costumes include brides, knights, animals (such as dogs and cows), 1950s poodle skirts and many, many more. There’s even a zombie — which seems to be THE costume of the year based on the popularity of the “Walking Dead” television show and numerous zombie-related movies over the past year.

Costumes at the Academy can be rented for $25, plus a $5 cleaning fee. The inventory of costumes can be checked out every Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. in October or by appointment. Costumes are due back the week after Halloween, according to Cynthia Enneking Bivens, executive director of the Academy.

“I think it’s a bargain,” she said, with proceeds going to the general operating budget for the theatre, which produces plays year-around.

Many are “one of a kind” costumes, Bivens said, but there is a wide variety for both kids and adults. She said the Academy expects the costumes to be returned in good condition.

“Everyone is pretty excited looking through them,” she said.

“When you get a costume from the Academy Theatre, you get a great costume at a great price and we take care of the cleaning and storage,” the director said.

The Academy is not the only place to get costumes for Halloween. Many of the stores are packed with a wide variety of costumes, but zombies are widely known to be the favorite this year.

Other TV shows and movies also are providing ideas for characters for Halloween — including “Despicable Me 2,” “The Great Gatsby,” and Disney movies which continue to be popular among the younger ones.

Erin Struchen, one of the co-chairs of the annual Meadville Halloween parade — which takes place the last Saturday in October — expects to see a lot of superhero costumes this year since that’s the parade’s theme.

These can include a wide variety of heroes — from Batman, Spider-Man and Superman to real-life heroes such as firemen, police officers and military personnel — along with the doctors, nurses and others who respond to emergencies and provide help with a “super” power as needed.

The Crawford County Humane Society Thrift Store and the Salvation Army both have costumes, which have been donated from previous owners to be used by others who share the same type of love for characters.

The thrift store manager, Gregg Curry, said the store just opened its Halloween section, which even includes a “large pumpkin” outfit for those wanting something a little less scary and more traditional.

The Salvation Army doesn’t have as big a selection this year, but a spokesman said there are some costumes available.

Other stores in the area such as Dollar General have parts of costumes, which can be used to make a complete outfit — such as tiaras for princesses. A Big Lots spokesperson said one word for the most popular costume: Zombies. And both Wal-Mart and Kmart have a wide selection.

Whatever one’s costume choice is or becomes, it seems having fun as a family or group of friends is what it’s all about. And going trick-or-treating is more fun when the person answering the door has the opportunity to see great costumes on people having a good time.

Text Only
Local News
  • Well inspectors trying to keep up during boom time

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.

    July 27, 2014

  • cycle Young stunt cyclist to bring show to 'Thunder'

    V-v-v-v-eroom! is the high-pitched whine from the Honda CBR 600 sport motorcycle as Steven Pilic rolls back the throttle and speeds down the asphalt. In one quick, smooth motion — just like you put one foot in front of the other — he shifts his weight forward on the handlebars, jumps from the bike’s foot pegs, lands his feet on the seat and pulls the 400-plus pounds of metal up onto its back wheel, using a combination of balance, brakes, clutch and speed to circle slowly at first and then faster and faster, tighter and tighter while doing a wheelie.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tornado watch issued for Crawford County

    The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a tornado watch for Crawford County.


    July 27, 2014

  • SUNDAY ISSUE: 'Free-range' parenting

    The case of a woman arrested after leaving her daughter at a park while she went to work is sparking discussion across South Carolina — and even the rest of the country.

    July 26, 2014

  • pymatuning History majors rule at Pioneer & Art Festival

    Those looking for living history exhibits at the 21st annual Pymatuning Pioneer & Art Festival weren’t disappointed Saturday.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Organizers ready to stimulate Meadville with next weekend's Thunder in the City

    Started six years ago by Dave Stone, owner of Mickey’s Central Station, as an event to “increase commerce and stimulate the economy,” the annual Thunder in the City Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in Meadville has done that — and lots more.

    July 25, 2014

  • Conneautville celebrating 200 years

    Thursday was a relaxed opening day at the Conneautville Bicentennial Celebration, but things will get hopping today — literally. A frog jumping contest is scheduled for 6 p.m.

    July 25, 2014

  • PennDOT seeking outside help to make bridge repairs

    State officials are poised to sign a massive deal that will enlist outside help to rebuild and maintain up to 600 bridges, marking the Corbett administration’s latest foray into privatizing key government functions.

    July 24, 2014

  • Stabbing charges dismissed against Bloomfield woman

    A Bloomfield Township woman accused of stabbing her live-in companion last month is a free woman after the alleged victim in the case didn’t appear in court Wednesday.

    July 24, 2014

  • Guys Mills boy wins national PBS Kids Writers Contest

    July 24, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide