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      • 9 Ideas for Traditional Costumes to Help You Stand Out

        So about ten years ago, I had a young lady in the the store, who walked up to me and said “I want to be something original this year; I want to be a black cat!” I laughed, and got her the pieces to be a black cat. I now...

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      • Most popular costumes 2017

        Ok every year I get asked for this list of what the most popular Halloween costumes are as we get close I have now had enough requests to gage the costumes that will full this year. This year is among the most diverse ever for the wide array of the...

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      • Summer Sale!

        August Tights sale, 20% in stock tights Wig sale, 10-50% off assorted wigs Costume left overs sale- pieces of old vintage wear costumes and discontinued pieces, some as low as $3 to $5. Some full discontinued costumes as low as $15 Costume Rental Reservations sale for Renaissance fair and Halloween...

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      • Easter Bunnies hop on over

        Our beautiful rental bunny costumes are going fast. Phone us to reserve a bunny costume for Easter. The best bunny rents for $95 and up, the better bunny is $85, basic bunny is $75, bargain bunny is $65, budget bunny is $50, the open face bottom bunny is $30.  Hop on...

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      • 2016 Costume Popularity

        What to wear on Halloween in the year of the "Stinkuel" Or: Rip's Costume Predictions 2016 Having run a professional costume shop for many years, I have discovered that every year during the last two weeks of Halloween, the reporters start calling you to ask what the hottest costumes are...

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    Halloween hours @ The American Backstage Company

    Phone us at 703-212-8982

    We are open to serve you  during our Halloween hours 9:30 AM to 9PM,  Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 5 PM on Sundays from now till November 3rd!

    On November fourth our hours return to normal!

    MasksThe American Backstage Company is Washington’s premier full-service theatrical store, offering costume rentals and sales, accessories, masks, dance shoes, theatre scripts and books, wigs, hats, costume jewelry, and theatrical makeup. We provide costumes for all types of events, from high school musicals to Halloween costumes to cosplay and Comicon activities to church plays and pageants. We are proud to serve the performing arts community in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

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    Our 6,500 square foot store has thousands of rental costumes,at American backstage it is never just a costume! We have entire walls of hats and wigs for sale, a book room where actors can browse to find the perfect audition monologue, new dressing rooms, in-house laundry facilities, and many types of dance shoes. New stock is arriving daily.

    Need scripts?  We have thousands, a much larger selection than you can find anywhere else in the area. Come browse in our Book Room for playscripts, sheet music for musicals, books about theatre history, theatre tech, costumes, the art of acting, makeup, theatrical magazines, audition monologue books, anthologies, and film. 


    Part of our gigantic hat wall

    In our makeup department, we stock a huge selection of professional theatrical makeup as well as body paints, face paints, Zombie kits, latex appliances, stage blood, whiskers, scars, hair products, and many other hard-to-find items. Our experienced staff can show you how to use these products as well as sell them to you.


    Our sign

    The American Backstage Company is easy to get to.  We are located at 5380 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, just inside the Beltway and a 2-minute walk from the Van Dorn Metro. Free parking is available in our lot. Look for our sign and enter at the back of the building.



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