Nothing ever goes completely out of style - especially when you’re talking about Halloween costumes.
As adults finalize their duds for one of the biggest party holidays of the year, temporary costume outfitters are attempting to keep their shelves stocked with enough accessories to meet the demand.
And according to Dax Arsanis of Halloween Spirit, some of the most popular things adults are going for this year are some of the simplest.
Throwback T-shirts that resemble the front view of the resurging Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers have been hot-sellers among the age group that grew up watching both on Saturday mornings.
Super Mario Bros. costumes have been a big hit with kids, Arsanis said. Ninja costumes remain popular with all ages. Werewolf costumes are also a big seller this year, as are modern takes on popular movies and television shows.
Alan Reed, however, is planning on taking a more traditional route when it comes to his costume.
The Stockton resident who was in town to visit his 2-year-old son Gianni stopped in at the Halloween Depot store located inside of the Mervyn’s Building on Mission Ridge Drive – intending to find the Darth Vader getup that his son’s mother thought would be perfect.
While he still hasn’t decided whether he’ll dress up this year or not, he said he’ll more than likely resort to his Dracula costume if he finally does decide that he wants to get into the Halloween spirit.
It’ll be a good chance, he said, to maximize his family time.
“I like Halloween because it’s a chance to get dressed up and have fun with the kids,” Reed said. “They want me to be a vampire again this year, and that’s probably what I’ll end up doing.
“They grow up fast so you want to enjoy the time you get to spend with them.”
Others, like Lorena Velasquez, has known for more than month what it is that she was going to be this year.
Back at the beginning of October Velasquez secured the Minnie Mouse costume that she plans on wearing to a party on Saturday night, and she was part of an influx of shoppers that hit the Halloween Spirit on Friday afternoon to pick up last-minute accessories that will complete her costume.
It’s a sharp departure from her previous costumes – a nurse, a maid, a cop and a ladybug – and it’s one that she’s really excited about.
“It’s just fun to dress up with your friends and have a good time,” Velasquez said. “I’m looking forward to the parties. It’s the only time of the year that you get to dress up.”
Both costume outfitters are expecting the biggest rush of the season today as people prepare themselves for the big Halloween party night. Spirit Halloween – located in the old Hollywood Video space on Louise Avenue – will have all of their costumes listed at half-off on Monday and Tuesday.