Just in time for Halloween–Costume Alley!

healing times;”>By Katie Cocquyt

story times;”>Costume Alley Inc., cialis the theatrical costume rental, has been a mainstay in Ventura County for almost 30 years and has recently settled into a new permanent home in Newbury Park.

Known for its prize-winning costumes from the glamour of old Hollywood to steampunk to just the right fro for that 70s party, it offers a multitude of garments, wigs and accessories that amount approximately 7,000 theatrical quality outfits to choose from for rental or purchase. Owned and operated by Linda Bredermann, it all began back in 1986 with her late husband Harry, when they owned the Moorpark Melodrama. After a successful ten year community run, Bredermann found herself a widow and unable to continue producing the stage plays she so loved. But as they say in the theater, the show must go on! So, she struck out on her own and used her theatrical experience and talent as a seamstress to bring Costume Alley, Inc. to the public.

“I enjoy creating different people for somebody’s personality. Everyone is different,” says Bredermann. “When they leave my store I want them looking just right because they are representing me.” 

To her a person can be anyone they want to be wit

h the right costume. All they have to do is have a vision and be open-minded enough to let her work her magic. “Come up with an idea and I can make it happen,”



she says. “One guy came in and wanted to be Charlie Chaplin. He did not look anything like him, but when I was all done, even he believed that he was Charlie Chaplin!”

For the last three years, Bredermann has been costuming the parties for world renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. She also does themed parties like the gangster ball for

Costco or the medieval times bash where she costumed all 300 attendees at the door. They literally checked their regular clothes and stepped right into another era.

Costume Alley Inc. offers unique and quality service for the imagination year round. In the spirit of the Halloween season they are having a huge parking lot sale on Saturday, October 18th from 10am-4pm. Most costumes will be priced as low as $20. Vintage clothing will also be on sale.

Costume Alley, Inc.

2393 Teller Rd, Ste 105, Newbury Park, CA 91320
Cross Streets: Between Rancho Conejo Blvd and Mitchell Rd
(805) 480-1180

Expanded hours during the Halloween Season:
Monday – Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 2pm

Katie Cocquyt

Katie Cocquyt

Katie Cocquyt is an award winning novelist and freelance journalist.  Ms. Cocquyt has also worked in the film industry as a screenwriter and has won numerous awards for her screenplays  She and her daughter are both equestrians and live in Moorpark.

Her latest novel, Dixie’s Run, is an exciting Young Adult adventure set in Sharpsburg, Maryland on the eve of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.  It is a tale of survival with a message that the bonds which exist without prejudice are stronger than the forces of war. Dixie Run is available on Amazon.com: DIXIE RUN


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