Arlene's Costumes has been a staple of the Rochester costuming scene. Whether you are a cosplay enthusiast, theater performer,need a costume for work or just love Halloween, Arlene's has something to suit your needs. This year Arlene's celebrates 60 years in business in Rochester. Their long time experience is reflected in the wide range of costumes and accessories offered. In addition to full costumes for adults and children they also carry wigs, rental costumes, accessories and makeup.
Arlene's was founded in 1956 when Arlene Stephens and her mother Mildred "Molly" Stephens in a small store in East Main Street in Rochester, NY. Arlene and Molly noticed some of the local children wearing garbage bags as Halloween costumes so they decided to make costumes for children. When their popularity and demand for their costumes increased, they decided to expand their space as well as the accessories they offered. 1975, Arlene's moved to Culver Road and began offering costume rental as part of their expanded services. Since then, Arlene's has moved to Portland Ave and opened a new store in Henrietta at Marketplace Mall.
This location is ideal for college students who would like to visit can walk, bike, or take the bus.
Henrietta location offers more of a Halloween focused selection whereas the Portland ave location offers their normal selection plus costume and mascot suit rentals. Both shops keep up with holidays and special events year round with a themed display and dedicated area for related costumes. For information about costume and mascot rentals, call or check out Arlene's website for details!