Time to plan your costume
Rental shops offer everything from naughty nurses to real film
Posted: October 16, 2013
Courtesy Photo: © Barrandov Studios
Barrandov Studios has a large array of period costumes for rent for Halloween or any occasion.
Halloween in America goes a little something like this: children dressed up as princesses, superheroes, and vampires fill the streets as they run from door-to-door with their pumpkin-shaped pails begging strangers for candy. Protective parents trail close behind, showing interest every time their little goblin holds up his bucket to show what yummy new piece of candy he or she just received.
At least, this is what Halloween usually looks like among the younger crowd. Fast forward about 15 years and the princess costume has been traded out for a risqué nurse outfit and trick-or-treating has become a huge dance party.
The United States isn't the only place these parties pop up every year at the end of October. "In Prague, adult people love costume parties," said Lukáš Nepita, who works with Půjčovna kostýmů Praha, a costume shop in Prague.
In fact, more adult costumes tend to be sold than kids' costumes every year. "Adults present 70 percent of all costumes in our costume rental shop," he said.
Půjčovna kostýmů Praha
Veletržni 248/1, Prague 7
Mon.-Fri.10:30-1, 1:30-7; Sat. 1-6
Václavské nám. 64, Prague 1
(entrance through the court)
10:30-6:30; Sat. 12:30-6:30
Kříženeckého nám. 322/5; Prague 5
Půjčovna kostýmů Praha offers a vast array of costumes to suit anyone's tastes, including traditional get ups like zombies, vampires, and ghosts, as well as women's uniform costumes, like police officers and nurses. According to Nepita, these women's costumes are very popular. In fact, he says Halloween is well-liked in general. "Halloween is very popular in Prague, and its popularity grows every year," he said.
Although this holiday is celebrated in Prague, some people think that it is more popular among tourists and expats. "Halloween isn't a tradition in the Czech lands," said Kristyna, an employee at Carnival Shop, another costume store in Prague. "It's a tradition in English-speaking countries."
Regardless of whether more Czechs or foreigners are bigger fans of Halloween, costumes are still in high demand. To meet this demand, shops offering costumes for rent or purchase can be found all over Prague.
For a look that is more impressive than a rubber mask, you can check out Barrandov Studios, which offers costumes that can't be found anywhere else. This is one of the largest and oldest film studios in Europe, with over 2,500 Czech and international films being shot here. Barrandov Studios actually lets people rent old costumes that were used in real productions, and there are almost a quarter million pieces to choose from. Props and even furniture are also available for a theme party.
"All our costumes were originally created for film or, in some cases, for theater projects and the majority of them have passed through many different films, commercials, etc.," said Barbora Uliĉná, Barrandov's marketing manager.
Here, costume-seekers will find mostly period costumes, which are Barrandov's specialty. However, they do have a few fantasy and sci-fi costumes available to rent.
However, if sci-fi and period costumes don't appeal to your tastes, the media can always provide creative Halloween ideas. Whether it be the latest Czech scandal involving President Miloš Zeman's daughter Kateřina Zemanová (she or someone who looks like her wore a nice black-and-white outfit to rather seedy club party) or re-creating Miley Cyrus's infamous VMA outfit and performance (practice your twerking in a cartoon character one-piece with gold-tone underwear), looking to the news and popular culture never fails when inspiring unforgettable Halloween costumes. Now stop reading this and go get a costume before all the good ones are gone
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