Although temporary Halloween shops pop up in neighboring cities each autumn to hawk their haunted wares for a couple months, Burbank's connection to the film industry makes it a hot spot for costume shoppers year-round.
At It's A Wrap, located on Magnolia Boulevard near Hollywood Way, customers can shop for costumes from an extensive collection of studio leftovers — from the actual clothes worn on AMC's “Breaking Bad” to gladiator-type garb and, stranger still, a full-size starfish suit from a Disney show.
Owner Tiara Nappi said on Tuesday that the business, which was founded by her mother, Janet Dion, in 1981, operates by selling leftover wardrobe pieces from television and film studios, which take a percentage of each sale.
That means customers looking to dress like Michael Douglas as Liberace in HBO's “Behind the Candelabra” could get the actual shirts from the show — but, unfortunately, those popular items are now sold out, Nappi said.
Nappi said that although her business is busiest during September and October — when the store liquidates its annual collection of Halloween-appropriate merchandise — customers still come in during the rest of the year.
“I think they come for the fact it's clothing from the movies, but they come back for the deals,” she said.
Nappi said the store puts aside Halloween costumes throughout the year, then brings them out for sale starting in September.
Burbank's Halloween shoppers aren't limited only to It's A Wrap, though, because down Magnolia Boulevard are two Halloween Town stores — which started as temporary pop-up stores, but now operate year-round — and a variety of vintage stores.
In addition, Dapper Cadaver on San Fernando Boulevard sells professional-quality Halloween props — think corpse dummies and fake blood and guts — for TV and film productions as well as private parties.
At the Halloween Town store that focuses on costumes on Tuesday, North Hollywood residents Courtney and Bianca Travis said they came in seeking something unique.
“Well, [the store's] got ‘Halloween' as part of the brand right in front,” Courtney Travis said. “We're looking for some [costumes] that aren't such a cop-out.”