On the shelves
Due to the popularity of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and other recent appearances of the undead in entertainment, zombies are as big as they ever were. Retailers and amateur costumers alike seem to be giving their zombies more of a back story than in previous years by layering one costume over another. Zombies might have professions, like zombie doctor, zombie police officer or zombie football player.
At the Spirit Halloween store at the TownMall of Westminster, some of the most popular costumes are of zombies and Monster High attendees, both of which are on Spirit's top 10 list. Associates said Star Wars character costumes also seem to be going fast, perhaps because of the popularity of "The Clone Wars" animated series.
One-year-old Brayden Schaffer will be going with a classic costume - the cowboy. Parents Kristen and Tyler Schaffer said the costume choice was between a cow and a cowboy, but the cowboy won out.
Kailey Hieatzman, age 4, will be going as Snow White, though in her mind the princess part of the character is all that matters. Deanna Hieatzman said Kailey went as a cowgirl last year, but this year nothing except a princess will do.
"That's the difference between 3 and 4," she said.
Nicole and Steve Wiley said they will also probably stick with some classic costumes. They were looking at the ancient Greek and Roman costumes on Wednesday at Spirit.
"I would like to make a homemade costume," said Nicole, "but I'm afraid my sewing skills just aren't there."