Casey Kneipp was dressed in orange, and pumpkin earrings dangled from her ears.
But six days out, she still wasn’t ready for Halloween; she had a few too many teeth.
The Cheverly resident was picking up tooth enamel from in College Park, so that she could black out a few gaps between her pearly whites and complete her witch costume.
She was one of many shoppers milling about the costume superstore early Tuesday afternoon. Assistant manager Adaku Umelo said the shop has been packed over the past two days with others snagging last-minute outfits, often following this season's costume trends.
Umelo said women are flocking to the back corner of Halloween City, which is filled with itty bitty risqué bug, cop and cat costumes, even though shopping search engine SortPrice has reported that the popularity of sexy adult costumes has waned a little this year.
For the men, it’s anything for a laugh.
“All the guys want hilarious costumes,” Umelo said.
In addition to working at the temporary Halloween store, set to close in early November, Umelo also promotes holiday parties and events. She said this year she’s noticed a lot more couples going for matching costumes, like Roman Empire personas, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and Mario and Luigi.
Here’s what else she said is going like hotcakes this Halloween season:
Women are going for anything a little risqué, she said. “They’re liking the tutus, and basically the least amount of clothes possible.” Sexy Minnie Mouse, ladybug, Hello Kitty, FBI agent, cat, angel and devil costumes are among the most popular, Umelo said, and “plenty of ferries and witches.”
Some women are opting for a scary/sexy mix, which can be completed with fake fang teeth called Sexy Bites. Even though some have complained about the price ($17.99), many find it worth the splurge, Umelo said.
Batman has been a top costume for men this season, as well as President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, Umelo said. She said that the Simpson’s character Duffman has been popular, also tagged as a top 10 costume beyond College Park, according to SortPrice.
Men have also gone for humor-themed costumes, like mustard and ketchup bottles, and nerd costumes. Men can pick up nerd attire at Halloween City for $34.99 and the accessories for $9.99.
There’s a wide selection at Halloween City for baby costumes, from Star Wars’ Yoda to monkeys. But one of the most popular costumes for infants?
“Their parents want them to be little monsters,” Umelo said.
The blue, furry Mini Monster costume with horns costs $34.99.
Yo Gabba Gabba has also been popular, Umelo said.
Younger kids are gravitating toward Super Mario Brothers, and the girls like the princess costumes (another SortPrice top 10), but older kids like the scarier werewolf and Michael Myers costumes this season, Umelo said. She said that boys ages 7 to 13 also like the ninja costumes.
For more about the selection and prices at Halloween City, check out the gallery with this post.
What’s the National trend?
Here’s what SortPrice says are trendy this Halloween, based on site traffic:
Captain America, Green Lantern, Where’s Waldo, The Simpsons Duffman, Sexy Queen Bee, Tron Legacy, Angry Birds, Jersey Shore, Lady Gaga, Sexy Pirate
Harry Potter, Princess-Themed Costumes, Green Lantern, Captain America, Elmo, Twister, Wolverine, Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh, Transformers Bumblebee