Courtesy of Costume Bank
Volunteers at the Costume Bank helped create “Game of Thrones” characters from scratch, from Jaime Lannister’s gold hand, right, to the broad sword and furs of the North.
A group of Los Altos volunteers preserves a pre-Amazon vision of dressing up for Halloween, assembling from scratch elaborate and sometimes handmade disguises for local trick-or-treaters and costume partiers.
Los Altos’ Costume Bank rents and sells costumes year-round, but October represents their busiest time of year – and the period in which they raise the lion’s share of their funding for local causes. The shop raises proceeds for the Assistance League of Los Altos, a nonprofit organization whose volunteers man the store and serve as personal costume stylists. The Assistance League uses proceeds to support their programs providing housing for patients and their families adjacent to Stanford Hospital, and baby supplies for underserved families in Santa Clara County.