What to wear to an escape room

What to Wear to an Escape Room

The footsteps grow louder outside, heavy boots hitting the hardwood floor. The babysitter clamps her hand over her mouth, desperately trying to muffle jagged breathing and choked sobs. The slats in the closet door filter thin lines of amber light across her sweating face. Metal hangers quietly clink together as she cranes her neck forward, eyes wide and searching. He pauses for a moment before curling his fingers around the doorknob and throwing open the closet doors. The babysitter’s scream rings out into the night: 


Life and Death

In most circumstances, deciding what to wear to an escape room isn’t a life or death kind of question, but that depends on where you decide to play! Here at The Basement: A Live Escape Room Experience, dressing for success can certainly help keep you focused on escaping with your life. Although escape experiences differ wildly, there are some common threads to keep in mind when preparing for your adventure. We’ve assembled a list of some of the best Do’s and Don’ts for what to wear to an escape room.  

DO Dress Comfortably! –

I totally understand wanting to look cute when you go out, but for maximum escape room success and fun, comfortable clothes are recommended. Wear something that allows for a full range of motion; you never know what you might be asked to do! Here at The Basement, you may get a little wet in The Elevator Shaft and somewhat dusty in The Courtyard. Be sure to read up on the experience you’ve chosen to play before arrival.

DON’T Wear Dresses, Skirts, or Kilts –

I’ve learned this one the hard way, pants and shorts are the way to go. Every escape experience is different, but moments of physicality sometimes mean crawling around in strange spaces or needing to investigate things in hard to reach places. Stay safe and go with a skort if you really have to. 

DO Show off Your Escape Room Merch! –

Nothing tells me a group is prepared like a roster of victory tees from other escape rooms. I want to hear all about your wild successes and your tragic failures. Tell me everything about how amazing that submarine escape was! While you’re at it, check out The Basement’s Rad Merchandise, we only sell good stuff. 

DON’T Wear Solid-Color Leggings as Pants –

“Wow, that’s really specific.” Yes, yes it is. Most escape rooms watch their guests on infrared CCTV video feeds. This allows the staff to see clearly, even in the darkest parts of the rooms. Now, infrared CCTV sees colors and fabrics differently. Black will often look white or light grey, similar to a range of skin tones. All this to say: If you wear black leggings as pants, it will look like you’re not wearing pants at all. I mention this not to make anyone feel embarrassed; it’s just the kind of information I’d want to be privy to. 

DO Wear Active Shoes –

Although most escape rooms don’t require you to be too physical, there can be moments of physicality and exploration that mean more than just standing or walking. Wear something you can crawl in, shoes that won’t easily fall off or fill with water or gravel. Unless you’re a total pro in heels, I strongly suggest sneakers, flats, or boots. It’s hard to go wrong with a solid pair of Docs. 

DON’T Stuff your Pockets –

Rarely do escape rooms allow you to bring your own tools inside of their experiences. If you arrive with hefty cargo shorts, filled to the brim with Inspector Gadget’s entire arsenal of lock-picks, flashlights, magic tricks, and magnifying glasses, you will be asked to leave those belongings in a locker. No need to weigh yourself down! 

DO Lean Into the Theme –

No matter the theme of the escape room you are taking on, we love to see our guests embracing the immersion. If you’re heading to The Basement, consider arriving in your best “Kidnapped and Beaten” outfit! Or perhaps dress as a classic 1930s private eye. We have even had groups play dressed as Scooby Doo and Mystery Inc! 

DON’T Stress About It

I think this is the best advice we can give. Dress comfortably, be yourself, don’t worry too much about what to wear to an escape room. As long as you’re wearing clothes and a mask, we’re happy to see you. If you are concerned about your experience ruining your outfit, (let’s say you really don’t want to get your shoes or outfit dirty) at The Basement, we do offer shoe covers and extra large tee-shirts are available for purchase. 

DO Wear Your Glasses! –

I feel this goes without saying, but please, if you need glasses or contacts, bring them along! Escape rooms usually require some level of reading and searching for clues, so why not experience that in the highest level of clarity possible. It’s like doing your escape room in 4K HD.

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Although suffering is a big part of what we specialize in, we never want our guests to feel unnecessarily physically uncomfortable. All discomfort and pain should come from us! (For legal reasons that is a joke.) When standing in front of your closet, desperately trying to decide what to wear to your next escape room experience, your comfort comes first. Secondly, consider your mobility and utility. Express yourself, have fun, and enjoy your adventure! 

Escape rooms, unlike many forms of traditional entertainment, change with your level of involvement. Immersive and interactive adventures like those at The Basement: A Live Escape Room Experience are dependent on you! Preparing for your moment before you arrive is a great way to get into the headspace of the challenges awaiting you. Get into character, streak some blood down your face, and let’s get started! 

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I had a really good time writing it. I’m completely safe and there’s nothing to worry about. The only reason you should come to 12909 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342 is to play our delightfully frightening escape experiences.

Anna Kraus

Hiya! I’m Anna, the Events Coordinator for The Basement: dedicated to creating memorable experiences for all of our guests. My passion for immersive storytelling and themed entertainment drives my written work and personalized adventure crafting.

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