From Fortnite to Roaring Twenties costumes, here are trending outfits for Halloween.
Halloween is approaching; a night when we are likely to encounter everything from witches to superheroes to flossing characters from Fortnite.
Spirit Halloween, a specialty retailer boasting more than 1,325 stores across the country -- including a shop in Rehoboth Beach -- predicts one of the top costumes for trick-or-treaters will be Fortnite heroes.
Fortnite is a massively popular video game among children and adults where players have a deep selection of clothing options to customize their heroes in. This ranges from military outfits to more whimsical ninja, skeleton and teddy-bear attire.
Fortnite has reached more than 125 million players since its release in 2017.
Spirit Halloween spokeswoman Erin Springer said her retail chain is selling Fortnite skins for the characters Crackshot, Dark Voyager, Black Knight and Skull Trooper, plus the option to zip into Cuddle Team Leader, Tricera Ops or Rex Funsies.
Accessories are also available, such as light-up Boogie Bombs and the unicorn pickaxe, affectionately named Rainbow Smash.
Heather Gerber, store manager for The Costume Cabaret in Wilmington, said little girls still enjoy being comic book characters Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.
Not to mention, costumes for Disney princesses continue to rule with an iron fist. But for those who don’t want to be princesses, it’s common for them to become witches instead; and there’s more than one type of witch, too.
“Little girls, even if they don’t like to be scary, they like to be pretty witches,” Gerber said.
Springer, at Spirit Halloween, said they’ve conjured up some magic for young ladies this year celebrating the cult classic movie “Hocus Pocus,” in its 25th year.
“Spirit Halloween is lighting the black flame candle with an exclusive selection of Sarah, Mary and Winifred costume dresses, wigs and accessories in all sizes,” Springer said.
Wakanda forever for boys
The success of the blockbuster film “Black Panther” will make its title character a popular one for little boys, said Susan Betts, owner of Actors Attic in Dover.
Superheroes of any kind remain a trend with boys, as are scary clowns, said Gerber, of The Costume Cabaret.
“Zombies are never out of style either, because they still have those zombie shows on TV,” she said.
OPEN 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Actors Attic, 540 Otis Drive, Dover
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The Costume Cabaret
OPEN 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
WHERE The Costume Cabaret, 3915 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington
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OPEN 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Spirit Halloween, 36698 Bayside Outlet Drive Unit 220 A & B, Rehoboth Beach
MORE INFO stores.spirithalloween.com or 866-586-0155
Children can also find fake blood and makeup kits at Halloween shops to create their own zombies.
And Gerber said the masks of classic horror villains like Jason Vorhees, Freddy Kruger and Chucky generally sell very well each year.
The new film “Halloween (2018)” is in theaters, and the buzz from that movie has already caused the Actors Attic to sell out of Michael Myers masks.
Teens and adults revisit 1920s
When it comes to teens, Gerber said they usually follow in the footsteps of adults when deciding on costumes.
Some trending costumes for teens and adults include dressing up like pirates, Vikings and characters from the series “Game of Thrones.”
Superheroes and villains are also a hit with all ages, such as Poison Ivy, Supergirl and Batgirl.
Actors Attic owner Betts said thanks in part to the movie “The Great Gatsby,” Roaring Twenties outfits have become popular for men and women.
Magnolia couple Rob Brown and his fiancée, Crystal Copp, bought a couple’s outfit in a 20s theme from Actors Attic. Brown said their costumes are for a murder mystery party in Milford Saturday.
Copp picked up a flapper dress and cigarette holder, while Brown wanted to be a gangster and bought a toy machine gun, pinstriped suit and fedora from the Dover shop.
Brown said they decided to shop local, instead of online, because Copp was already familiar with the Actor’s Attic. He was also skeptical of buying costumes on the internet.
“You just don’t know how the quality will be when you buy something online. It can be hit or miss,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve come to the Actors Attic and they have a lot of good stuff here.”
Jean Richer, of Middletown, also stopped by the Actors Attic to buy goddess sandals, which she needed for the goddess ensemble she wore to a party.
“I like to look cute,” Richer said, holding a pair of her shiny goddess shoes in hand.
Gerber said the fun of Halloween is you can dress up like a goddess, superhero or whoever else you’d like, because you’re the boss.
“It’s a great holiday to take advantage of, and enjoy it, and be a kid again,” she said. “The girls can dress like guys; and the guys can dress like girls. There’s no rules.”