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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Must Haves

Army Navy stores have long been known as the go to source for authentic Halloween Costumes and with just a few key items, you have got the perfect costume. Below Rothco has highlighted 6 spooktacular items you've just got to have!

1. Face paint not only helps you create the perfect Army Man, it is also great for make-up effects.
2. Dog Tags - another great Army Man essential.
3. Sun glasses can be a part of a dozen different costumes including a pilot, cop, or just a cool dude. 

4. Handcuffs - another great law enforcement
accessory, perfect for anyone playing cops or robbers this Halloween

5. Any classic military hat! From a campaign hat to a fatigue hat, they are a great way to "top-off" a costume. 

6. The bandana - I could sit here for hours listing the costumes this items is perfect for... From Rosie to Rambo a lot of classic costumes would not be complete without this icon accessory. 

For more great looks be sure to checkout our Costume Catalog or visit 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Keys To Survival: Mental Preparedness

My favorite show, (as I’m sure is clear by the amount I write about it) AMC’s The Walking Dead returned yesterday and in leading up to the season premiere I've been re-watching old episodes. There are a lot of practical survival applications to be learned from the walking dead, a few of which I outlined in a former blog post, but one thing that is often taken for granted when it comes to survival is mental preparedness. In survival and preparedness there is a lot of discussion about gear; what you need, what gear is the best, and where to get it. You can pack out your survival bags, create a fallout shelter, stock up supplies for years, but what good is that if you can’t keep it together? If you really want to survive you, of course, need equipment and gear but you’ll also need to equip yourself with knowledge and train your mental faculties.

It’s not a secret that any high stress situation can have a negative effect on someone but the strain of constant anxiety and fear can drive individuals to do things they normally wouldn't. I think the Walking Dead does a nice job of capturing human nature when pushed to its limits. Some people lose a grip on reality; at the start of season 4 of the Walking Dead, Rick runs into a woman named Clara who tries to feed Rick to her undead husband; similarly, the Governor isn't able to come to terms with his daughter being turned into a walker. Then there are those who, without a system in place to discourage or punish them, turn to violence and theft. To relate to the real world, many people turned to looting buildings and storefronts during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.

Not having a sociology or psychology degree, I don’t have any professional guidance in terms of mental preparedness in high stress situations but I am sure of one thing; if you are mentally prepared for the worst before it happens, you won’t fall apart when it actually happens. If all that is running through your mind is doubt or fear, you won’t be able to clear your mind towards making sound action. I have researched survival techniques and read about survival stories in extreme situations, so I am confident that if I ever find myself in that sort of situation, I’ll know what to do to get myself through. Being prepared is more than having the right gear; it’s about having a plan, and having the self-confidence and clear-headedness to follow through with your plan; this is true whether you’re stranded in the woods, lost at sea, enduring a natural disaster, or fighting off hordes of zombies.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

With October underway, Halloween is on everybody’s minds

Swamp Creature
Lady Crypt Raider
Only 21 days left until Halloween and this year Halloween is on a Friday and Halloween on a Friday is a retailer's dream because more adults participate in the holiday. Tracy Reynolds of NRF is predicting "this year will set a record for Halloween costume sales; the average person will spend $77.52 with total spending reaching $7.4 billion"

We have rounded up the top 5 costumes from our Movie & Pop email, Swamp Creature, Zombie Hunter, Crazy Cabbie, Lady Crypt Raider and Rosie the Riveter; we have plenty more options for popular TV and movie-themed costumes, check out our list by clicking here or click here for our Halloween Digital Catalog. 

Swamp Creature: Rothco Lightweight Ghillie Suit - 64127

Zombie Hunter
Zombie Hunter: Rothco Short Sleeve Khaki Uniform Shirt - 30035, Rothco Brown SWAT Cloth BDU Pants - 5985, Rothco Black Uniform Hi-Gloss Oxford Shoes - 5055, Rothco Brown Military Campaign Hat - 5655, Rothco Duty Belt - 10570, Rothco Black Dual Magazine Pouch - 10572

Crazy Cabbie: Rothco Olive Drab M-65 Jacket - 8238, Rothco Khaki BDU Pants - 7901, Rothco White Uniform Shirt - 30000, Rothco Aviator Sunglasses - 10804

Crazy Cabbie
Lady Crypt Raider: Rothco Women's Olive Drab Casual Tank Top - 4276, Rothco Women's Olive Drab Short Shorts - 3176, Rothco Undercover Shoulder Holster - 10564Rothco Black Tactical Holster - 10550, Rothco Duty Belt - 10570, Rothco Black G.I. Wool
Fingerless Gloves - 8411

Rosie the Riverter: Rothco Navy Flight Suit - 7503, Rothco Red TrainmanBandana - 4142, Rothco Combat Boots - 5075

Rosie the Riveter

Do you like these 5 top options? Which one will you chose to go as this year?

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