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About Costume Craze

The Costume Craze Story

The story of Costume Craze began in 2001 as Matthew's Robes. Founder Matthew Maloney began selling monk robes online. But it wasn't long until "monk robes" grew into something much, much more. Today the company is called Costume Craze, and while we still sell those original monk robes (and proudly so), we also carry thousands of other costumes and accessories all year round!

With help from co-founders Kathleen and Kate Maloney, as well as a dedicated team of enthusiastic employees, what started as a home based business by Matthew is now – and within just a few short years – one of the world's largest online costume retailers.

Of course, with this growth comes great responsibility... especially to our many customers throughout the world. Our mission is to provide you – our valued customers – with exceptional service, unbeatable prices, and we hope one of the all around best experiences you've ever had shopping online.

Founders' Bios

Kathleen Maloney, Co-founder & COO: In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Kathleen is over Costume Craze's SEO efforts and new product implementation (2-4 thousand new products are introduced each year, for which she is the sole buyer). Prior to Costume Craze, Kathleen had over 30 years experience managing multiple doctors' offices.

Matt Maloney, Co-founder & CTO: Matt oversees Costume Craze's IT operations (website and warehouse), and he was the sole architect of Static Advantage, the patent-pending search engine optimization technology that automatically converts dynamic pages to static pages. Prior to Costume Craze, Matt launched Matthew's Robes, the company that later became Costume Craze.

Kate Maloney, Co-founder & CEO: Kate is responsible for Costume Craze's strategic direction, finances, and she is the company's spokesperson. Kate is a true advocate of entrepreneurship and a highly sought-after public speaker. She has also won multiple awards, including Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. Kate graduated from BYU in 2002 in Business, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship.

Costume Craze in the News

Have you read about us or seen us on TV? Here is a small sampling of Costume Craze's media coverage:

"Food costumes are hot this Halloween: Sexy corn, anyone?" (10/27/13), Los Angeles Times

"Food-Themed Dog Costumes" (10/13/13), My Recipes/Time Inc. Lifestyle Group

"'Sassy Big Bird' Costume Flies Off Shelves After 1st Presidential Debate" (10/11/12), Huffington Post

"Howl-o-ween" (9/30/11), Modern Dog Magazine

"Women in Utah tech honored" (9/15/11), The Salt Lake City Tribune

"Five tips to prepare your perfect costume for Halloween" (10/06/10), Daily Herald

"Pauly D Is Dressing Up As Pauly D For Halloween!" (09/17/10), MTV.com

"Halloween just got scarier! 'Jersey Shore' costumes of Snooki, The Situation and Pauly D announced" (08/13/10), Daily News (NY)

"Fist Pumpin' Jersey Shore Halloween Costumes" (08/11/10), CocoPerez.com

"Dress Up Like GaGa For Halloween!" (08/03/10), CocoPerez.com

"Costume Craze/DecisionStep Partnership Announcement" (06/14/10), The Washington Post

"Craze for costumes started with a test--and monks' robes" (05/30/10), Deseret News

"Firm goes from monks' robes to Costume Craze" (06/30/09), Deseret News

"Entrepreneur Taps Spooky Market" (02/16/09), Marriott Alumni Magazine

"Retailer turns test into Costume Craze" (06/22/08), Deseret News

"Costume Craze is dressed for success" (10/25/07), Deseret Morning News

"Students learning how to start own business" [Featured speaker: Costume Craze CEO, Kate Maloney.] (07/12/07), Deseret Morning News

"Costume Craze flourishing online" (06/03/07), Deseret Morning News

"All dressed up" (04/23/06), Daily Herald 100

"Don't Fear Halloween Costumes!" (10/26/04), The Early Show on CBS

Costume Craze Awards, Memberships, and Associations

Since its inception in 2001, Costume Craze has had as its goal to be the very best online costume retailer. We take pride in what we do, and we hope it shows. Several industry-leading organizations have taken notice of our efforts and have awarded us the following:

National Costumers Association

Organized in 1923, the purpose of the National Costumers Association (NCA) is to "establish and maintain professionalism and ethical standards of business in the costume industry."

Costume Craze is proud to have been granted membership into the NCA and supports wholeheartedly its efforts to maintain the highest standards in the costume industry.

30 Women to Watch

Costume Craze CEO, Kate Maloney, was named one of the 2008 30 Women to Watch, by Utah Business Magazine, which recognizes thirty of Utah's most dynamic business women.

UV50 Award

The BusinessQ UV50 Award honors the 25 Fastest-Growing Companies, 15 Top Revenue Companies, and 10 Startups to Watch in Utah County (State of Utah).

Costume Craze was the proud recipient of the 2010 UV50 Award, in the Fastest-Growing Companies category (#24).

Costume Craze was the proud recipient of the 2009 UV50 Award, in the Fastest-Growing Companies category (#17) and the Top Revenue Companies category (#13).

Costume Craze was also recognized in 2008, in the Fastest-Growing Companies category (#21).

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs on a regional, national and global level who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.

Costume Craze CEO, Kate Maloney, was a 2010 winner from over 100 nominations (Utah/Idaho Region), by a panel of independent judges. (Kate was also a finalist in 2007, 2008, & 2009.)

Utah 100

The Utah 100 recognizes companies for their significant contribution to the state and its expanding economy, including the 100 Fastest-Growing companies, 15 Largest Revenue Growth companies and "Emerging Elite."

Costume Craze was an honored recipient of the "Emerging Elite" award for 2005, 2006, and 2007, and the "Fastest-Growing" in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011!

Careers at Costume Craze

Want to work for one of the largest online costume retailers? We are constantly looking for enthusiastic, well qualified candidates to join our team! Click here for a current list of openings.

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