With the impending closure of Costumes on Haight, San Franciscans will have one less option for year-round costume needs.
The 29-year-old store in Lower Haight prided itself on being open year-round, with quirky costumes to match city occasions like Bay to Breakers, Burning Man and other dress-up opportunities. Now, it’s set to close at the end of the month, Broke-Ass Stuart reports.
“It’s a bummer, truly!” the store manager, who goes by Gordo, tells SF Weekly. “Financially, it just doesn’t work anymore.”
They’ve had fewer customers coming their way and will be liquidating their stock, he says. Which means time is running out to get advice from the self-described “Halloween professionals” with years of experience in wig fittings, makeup application and designing costumes.
This also means that their lines halfway down the block the weekend before Halloween will no longer come with clown performances, horror movies, and free candy.
So where else can city dwellers get strange outfits year-round? Further down Haight Street toward Golden Gate Park is Piedmont Boutique and Fantasy Clothing is on Folsom Street. RAE Costumes on Mason Street and the American Conservatory Theater have costumes for rent all year.
Still, we’ll miss the handmade options at Costumes on Haight, pop culture staples charismatic employees. It was also one of the few places specially authorized to carry Hollywood-grade makeup by Ben Nye.
Pop-up stores like Spirit will still show up at creepily dead retail spaces come next Halloween, but they’ve got “kid stuff,” as Gordo says.
“We’re adults,” he said in a SF Weekly feature. “We carry adult stuff.”
To catch the last of the adult stuff, follow @costumesonhaight on Instagram for updates.