Crossroads residents search for that perfect scary look


Oct. 26, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.
Updated Oct. 27, 2013 at 5:27 a.m.

Zombie Dorothy, Mya Poe, right, 4, sits on her mother, Julie Poe, in their living room.

Zombie Dorothy, Mya Poe, right, 4, sits on her mother, Julie Poe, in their living room.

From the shock of electric blue hair shooting down the dark wig to the fake blood smudged onto her face and that signature walk of the undead, one thing was clear.

She certainly wasn't in Kansas anymore.

Oz's leading lady got a dark makeover for the Halloween season from Mya Poe, a 4-year-old who decided Zombie Dorothy was the way to go this holiday.

The look wasn't Mom's first pick, said Julie Poe, who said she tried to talk her daughter into something else, such as the princess costumes on display.

"She walked right past those and went for the scariest one she saw," Mom said. "I think it's because last year she got scared by some of the costumes, and this year, she wanted to do the scaring."

But tiny Mya in her sequined ruby slippers isn't the only one who will take on an alter ego this season.

Nationwide, people will shell out an estimated $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes this year, according to a National Retail Federation news release.

While witches, Batman characters and vampires take the top three slots for most popular adult costumes this time around, it's princesses, animals and Batman characters - little guys like the Dark Knight, too - that rang in heaviest among kid costumes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are big at Spirit Halloween this year, store manager Karri Wilborn said. Disney princesses and TV-themed costumes like "The Walking Dead" are also big.

Wilborn encouraged consumers to hit the stores early.

"Stuff goes fast," she said. "We try to keep stock as best as we can, but once you get to about the second week of October, stuff is going fast."

Elsa Perez, who manages Wally's Party Factory, echoed Wilborn. At her shop, too, Ninja Turtles are a big deal.

"Really, anything ninja is popular," she said.

As for Carole Luster, who owns Buzzard Gulch Old Time Photo, it's the old-school classics like Frankenstein, mummies and Jason that sell best.

"We try to make them look really, really real," Luster said of her costumes, which she makes from vintage clothing. "We get them and throw paint that looks like blood on them. We have a good time."

The business owner runs a number of different endeavors - she's in real estate, for instance - but said Halloween is a special time of year.

"It gives us a little momentary flash where adults can go out and be kids," she said. "It's a chance to let loose and have a little fun."

People's costumes aren't the only thing that help distinguish them from others this season. The way they go about finding that perfect look also varies from person to person.

Victoria resident Irma Moreno said her 3-year-old, Isabella Moreno, knew off the bat that she wanted to go as something from the Disney movie "Brave." It was between the movie's witch or its redheaded heroine, but she opted to go as the good guy.

As for Takaylee Durham, a 10-year-old going as a nurse this year, it was all about the costume itself.

"It comes with a hat, and I liked the way it looked," she said with a smile.

For others, it's all about what sounds like the most fun.

Victoria West High School students John Lee and Luciano Lopez in late September hadn't yet finalized their costume picks, but Lopez had an idea.

"I'm thinking one of us can be a gorilla, and the rest of us can be bananas," the high school senior said, explaining he planned to spend the evening with a number of friends. "The gorilla can just chase everybody around all night."

Back in Inez, Mya said she looks forward to the chance to scare everybody else but acknowledged that it was all just a costume.

"My hair's all yellow under here. If it was really blue, the boys at school would freak out." she said gesturing toward the itchy wig. "And this isn't real blood."

Still, spooky spirits beware. You won't creep this one out.

"I won't be scared of any scary costumes," she said.



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