Comic-book heroes, zombies top Halloween costumes

Oct. 13, 2013 @ 07:29 PM

Are you a fan of the television hit “The Walking Dead?”
Then this Halloween should be right up your alley.
Zombie costumes, along with comic book and movie superheroes, are the hot sellers as Halloween approaches, according to area retailers.
Local stores also have seen an interest in traditional costumes.
“We have a great selection of traditional costumes like ghosts and princesses,” said Garren Grayer, manager at Target in High Point. “We have a great selection with Marvel Comics with The Avengers and the latest Marvel movies. That is probably the hottest item out now.”
The Avengers include Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Hulk.
Grayer also said he’s seeing more movie-inspired costumes this year.
David McCoy of Spirit Halloween in Greensboro said he has seen people buying superhero costumes.
“With Avengers coming out on television, a lot of that stuff is selling,” McCoy said. “A lot of people have been asking for ‘The Walking Dead’ costumes, and kids have been asking for more of the gory stuff this year, like skulls and zombies.”
This year’s National Retail Federation’s Halloween Spending Survey shows nearly 158 million consumers will participate in Halloween activities, slightly less than the survey high of 170 million people last year.
According to the National Retail Federation, 44 percent of people plan to dress up and will spend a total of $2.6 billion on costumes. Consumers are expected to spend $1.04 billion on children’s costumes and $1.22 billion on adult costumes. The average consumer is expected to spend $27.85 on a costume this year.
The NRF also states that 14 percent of those celebrating will take the time to find the perfect costume for their pets, spending about $330 million.

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