Party on, Tulsa
Ehrle’s has been a Tulsa institution since 1955.
Floyd and Lynn Hannah
Floyd Hannah and his wife, Lynn, owners of Ehrle’s Party and Carnival Supply, have helped people get ready for weddings, birthday parties, company picnics and, of course, Halloween.
Ehrle’s has been a Tulsa staple since S.L. Ehrle opened it in 1955.
The business has been in the Hannahs’ hands for four decades. Prior to that, Lynn’s parents ran the business. “The gentleman who started it was kind of like a grandfather to me,” Floyd says. “It’s really a family business.”
Four years ago, Ehrle’s moved from its original location in the 4400 block of South Memorial Drive to its current site at 5150 S. Sheridan Road.
Ehrle’s offers year-round services like party and wedding supplies, as well as rental items like popcorn, cotton candy and snow cone machines; dunk tanks; inflatables; casino and carnival games — even pillars and archways for weddings and dances.
But the busiest time of year for the store is around Halloween, when the costume portion of the business takes over.
“The costumes were just a small section of the store in the ’70s. They really blew up in the ’80s and ’90s,” Floyd says. “It has grown tremendously in the past 20 years. More adults are having parties and dressing up. The kids’ costumes are still a big deal, too.”
Floyd and Lynn attend Halloween conventions in the early part of year to get an idea of what trends and costumes will likely be the rage when October rolls around. “We see all the new merchandise,” he says. “It seems every year they come up with new versions of superheroes. This year there are new Batman, Spiderman and Justice League costumes.”
The larger showroom space in the current location allows the store to carry a wider variety of costumes and accessories year-round.
“We try to give individual attention to customers, and it has really paid off,” Floyd says. “We hear customers say all the time, ‘I don’t know why I didn’t come here first. You always have what I need.’”
Ehrle’s Party and Carnival Supply
5150 S. Sheridan Road | 918-622-5266 costumespartyandevents.com
9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday
Darth Vader costumes
With the relaunch of the Star Wars film franchise, demand for its costumes has only increased. $12.99-$79.99 and up.
Mad Hatter’s hat
Hannah says some costumes require a signature accessory, like the Mad Hatter’s hat. This detailed version is modeled after the hat worn by Johnny Depp in an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.” $24.99.
Women’s flapper costume
Ehrle’s offers a variety of flapper girl costumes and accessories for theme parties. $36.99-$53.99.
Harry Potter flying broomstick
Though the book series and films ended years ago, Harry Potter and other characters from the series are still popular come Halloween. $21.99.
Adult mullet wig
Floyd says the mullet wig was big 10 years ago, but it’s once again a hot item. “I think because of (OSU football coach) Mike Gundy,” he says. $24.99.
Makeup can be just as important to the finished look of a costume as the clothes themselves. For some, the makeup artistry is the costume. $3 each.