DRESSING UP: Top Halloween Costumes

Ghosts, goblins and princesses are of course always popular costumes for Halloween. But, this year you’ll find a few new favorites walking the streets this Beggar’s Night.

It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s fun to dress up. Kathy Harkrader says, “I am just the theater usher.” Delona Webster says, “I am a county jail inmate.” Kate Crippen says, “I am a saloon girl because it’s fun and flirty and comfortable.

And for the staff at the Theatrical Shop Fun For All Seasons in West Des Moines, this is the best time of the year. Harkrader says, “It’s like going in your closet trying to figure out what you’re going to wear to work, except we come to work and we try to figure out what we’re going to be for the day.”

From jokers to zombies, it’s clear what many people are going to be for Halloween. Ben Blystone with the Theatrical Shop says, “Duck Dynasty” has been very popular, “Despicable Me,” zombies are always popular.”

Harkrader adds, “And, then the super heroes and monsters and Frankenstein and Draculas and princesses.”

Crippen says, “This year a lot of the twenties, like the flappers, gangsters.”

It will cost you $20 to $40 to rent a complete costume with everything you need. You’ll pay $30 to $50 to buy a costume. Accessories may cost extra. And, time is running out. Harkrader says, “This weekend and also next weekend are both weekends are very, very busy.”

You may even have a difficult time finding some costumes this year. Webster says, “Uncle Si, Duck Dynasty. We restocked him 3 times and now he is completely sold out.”

Harkrader says, “Minions are sold out, Mutant Ninja Turtles, they are sold out.”

The National Retail Federation reports Americans will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes. According to its 2013 survey, traditional favorites top the list. The top three adult costumes are a witch, batman character and vampire. For the kids, they’re dressing up as princesses, animals and batman characters. And, don’t forget the pets. Owners are most likely to dress them as pumpkins or hotdogs.



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