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Who will you be for Halloween? (video)

By ALLISON MILES
Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:17 a.m.

Marsha Pyle helps her son, Kaleb, 9, with a Roman helmet as they shop for Halloween costumes at Wicked Wally's Halloween Costumes on Saturday. Kaleb was choosing between being a gladiator and Captain America on their first costume shopping trip. "We're gonna be here for a while," Marsha Pyle said.

Top 10 adult costumes:

  1. 1. Witch
  2. 2. Vampire
  3. 3. Pirate
  4. 4. Batman character
  5. 5. Zombie
  6. 6. Vixen
  7. 7. Princess
  8. 8. Nurse/ghost
  9. 9. Cat
  10. 10. Superman

Source: National Retail Federation

Top children's costumes:

  1. 1. Princess
  2. 2. Batman
  3. 3. Spider-Man
  4. 4. Witch
  5. 5. Disney princess
  6. 6. Superhero
  7. 7. Pirate
  8. 8. Vampire
  9. 9. Zombie
  10. 10. Ghost

Source: National Retail Federation

Top pet costumes:

  1. 1. Pumpkin
  2. 2. Devil
  3. 3. Hot dog
  4. 4. Cat
  5. 5. Bee
  6. 6. Dog/ghost
  7. 7. Superhero
  8. 8. Witch
  9. 9. Bowties
  10. 10. Superman

Source: National Retail Federation

Bad guys of the Crossroads beware, there's new law enforcement in town. Or, at least there will be on Halloween.

Port Lavaca 2-year-old Christopher Herrera and his mother, Jessica Gonzalez, plan to don police officer duds Oct. 31. Together, they'll scour the streets for villains and whatever candy they can find.

"I wanted to match this year," Gonzalez said, eyeing Christopher as he checked out low-hanging costumes inside Spirit Halloween. "I thought we'd team up."

The duo aren't the only ones planning to take on new personas. With Halloween just around the corner, costumes are big business.

Nationwide, the average person will spend $28.65 on costumes this year, according to a National Retail Federation news release. While witches and vampires top the list for grown-ups, it's princesses and Batman garb that kids are grabbing up.

Witches, princesses, fairies and pirates are big at Elvira's Closest, owner Vera Flores said, while Karri Wilborn, who manages Spirit Halloween, said her store's popular looks include The Amazing Spider-Man, Monster High and scary zombies.

"Masks are always popular, too," Wilborn said. "Everybody likes masks."

While business has already picked up from customers looking to purchase costumes, Wilborn said it's a trend that will only grow as the holiday draws nearer.

Louie Miller, who manages Wally's Party Factory, said he expected much the same thing at the company's two Navarro Street shops. And, while it might be busy, he said he enjoys it.

"Our clientele all year long is very good because they're getting ready to have parties," he said. "They get even more excited for Halloween. We have a lot of fun."

Elsa Perez, the store's assistant manager, said Avengers costumes are big hits among children this year while, for little girls, Monster High is popular at their store, too. It gets harder to determine a favorite among adults.

"For them, I'd have to say it's everything," she said from the store's back office. "The adults like a variety."

Sisters-in-law Lin and Alifia Motiwala strolled the aisles at Wally's in search of all things Disney. A Tinkerbell costume made the shopping list, as well as a Mickey Mouse get-up for Alifia Motiwala's 2-year-old son, Zivan.

The family enjoys the holiday, they said, and celebrates mainly by trick-or-treating. They leave the costumes to the children.

Meanwhile, at the same shop, 11-year-old Ysenia Granados was on the hunt for one look in particular.

"I want to be a zombie skeleton," the Port Lavaca resident said with a grin. "I saw it in a paper from one of the stores."

Halloween is one of Ysenia's favorite times of the year, she said, noting it's the only time you see monsters walking around. The scary movies she gets to watch and extra candy don't hurt, either.

"I usually get one or two bags," she said of her trick-or-treat escapades. "It's pretty fun."

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