Crossroads residents grab up ghoulish garb


Oct. 19, 2011 at 5:19 a.m.

Chicken or beef? Paper or plastic? Victoria East or Victoria West?

Decisions are part of everyday life, but with time ticking down to Halloween, one trumps all: what to wear for the occasion.

Nationwide, people will spend an estimated $2.5 billion on Halloween costumes, according to a National Retail Federation news release.

That includes $1 billion on children, $1.2 billion on adults and $310 million on pets.

Old favorites top the list for adults - witches, pirates and zombies coming in as fan favorites. When it comes to children's costumes, princesses, witches and Spiderman top the national list.

The nationwide trend hit home at Victoria's Card and Party Factory, 5221 N. Navarro St.

The store maintains a section specifically for costumes such as zombies, pirates and werewolves, store manager Louie Miller said, explaining customers seem to enjoy the more traditional garb.

But that isn't all the store has up its sleeves. Wigs, makeup, false teeth and more also make up its inventory.

Joe and Cristina Gallegos meandered through the store Wednesday as their 11-week-old son, Joe Edward Gallegos, snoozed.

Joe Gallegos doesn't always dress for the holiday, he said, but it's different with a son to share it with.

"This is a special thing," he said of baby's first Halloween.

The family hadn't yet settled on costumes, but said a baby ketchup packet costume was among the front runners. They did not set price limits, Joe Gallegos said, noting he was just on the lookout for something that caught his eye.

"Money is never an object when it comes to kids," Joe Gallegos said. "This year it's all about him."

At Spirit Halloween, 5209 N. Navarro St., this year's big sellers are Angry Birds costumes, said Brent Wilborn, the store's manager. The costumes are based on a popular game available on mobile devices.

Vampires also go over big year after year, he said, while assistant manager Holli Espinoza noted that movie costumes based on "Scream," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and the like are also popular for women.

A variety of costumes have gone over well at Elvira's Closet, 1305 S Laurent St., said Jennifer Pyle, who helps man the store. This year, however, the business found itself taking more orders for plus-size costumes than in the past, she said.

"People say they just can't find them around here," Pyle said, opening a new shipment of couples' Flintstones and Shrek costumes. "And we want to do what we can. If people want us to order something, we will."

Victoria resident Nickey Wells works this Halloween and won't be in costume, but that doesn't mean her three children can't take part in the fun.

"I've got two Transformers and a Tinkerbell," she said with a smile. "At least, right now. They change their minds every time we go somewhere."

Wells said her children's indecision got the best of her last year and each child ended up with three different costumes.

"That won't happen this time," she said. "We already have our costumes, so we're done."



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