It’s been a while since we’ve stopped at The Costume Trunk, a unique and iconic Peoria store on Main Street that’s been standing there since 1981. I figured since Halloween is just around the corner, this is the perfect time to stop by, say hi to our pal, Steve Spain and see what kind of costumes and fun items he’s got in store for the upcoming ghoulish holiday.
Here we are at The Costume Trunk on Main Street. Peoria's only store dedicated to costumes and the items that go with them.
Note that Steve only uses one exclamation point while delivering the news that the biggest holiday for the store is arriving. In a world of unnecessary multiple exclamation points, I salute this front window signage! Now let's go in and take a look around.
The Costume Trunk is always a colorful and fun place to explore and there's a familiar face behind the counter looking at a book...
It's Steve Spain, the friendly and fun owner of The Costume Trunk. The book he was reading before we barged in with the MBIP camera is, "Behind The Mask." I didn't know they wrote a behind the scenes book about that Elephant Boy Movie with Cher. Oh the things we learn here at MBIP!
Underneath Steve is a glass case with makeup, Dracula Fangs and Beagle Puss glasses.
Next door to the makeup are mannequin heads displaying different sorts of multi-colored wigs. These things are freaking me out a little bit, let's just move on down the road.
Here's a whole wall covered with some pretty fancy masks...
There's more traditional rubber Halloween masks hanging up here just under the ceiling.
A good portion of the items on this side of the store are rental outfits and costumes.
Bugs Bunny was smiling when I took this photo, but 37 minutes later he died of asphyxiation. His last words were: "What's up Doc?" So very sad!
I love this Costume Trunk clock!
The Costume Trunk is divided into two stores, right next to each other. Steve leads the way into the other store, which houses more traditional Halloween items that you can purchase instead of rent.
Wow, quite a selection of fun stuff in here!
There's a whole wall dedicated to adult Halloween costumes, let's go take a look at them.
Steve said that this Flintstone costume is a big seller with couples because men can dress up like Fred...
And women can go as Wilma. WIIIILLLLMAAAAA!
Here's a couple of 50's styled outfits for those in an American Graffiti type of mood.
This Superman outfit is a little bit of a gyp because it doesn't include a wheelchair, but hey, what are you going to do?
If you're in the disco 70's mood for an outfit, check out this lime green leisure suit!
The walls are lined with outfits from Star Trek to Supergirl and everything in between.
If you want to freak out Jaws the Cabbie, show up at his door with this clown outfit.
There's all kinds of unique glasses on this stand and we've also got an unplanned obligatory mirror shot of Steve. I love it when that happens!
Back at the other store I asked Steve what kind of outfit that was and he said it was just something he likes to lounge around in at the store after hours. Hey, that's fine...we're not here to judge!
I wanted to get a plastic chicken to add to my collection, but sadly there's none in stock right now, but check these out...
A perfect fit...
On the way out it's time for a counter-top game of dueling business cards with ASDC versus MBIP. ASDC wins this round and don't forget about their custom-made novelty teeth for a really fun and easy Halloween costume. I got a set made last year, check it out here and we'll see you all tomorrow!
Related posts: Revisiting George’s Shoeshine and Hatters World Headquarters and Revisiting The Tin Man, Desperately Seeking A Plastic Chicken At The Costume Trunk and Picking Up Spike’s “Stamp Out The Beatles” Pin At Younger Than Yesterday. Sheesh!
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