PARKERSBURG - As Halloween approaches, kids young and old prepare for a fun and spooky time getting dressed up and decorating their homes.
Local Halloween-themed shops have seen a brisk business as people are looking for costumes and novelty items to get the right look before going trick or treating on All Hallows Eve. Other people are looking for decor items to give their homes that creepy fun vibe.
"Halloween has expanded way beyond going house-to-house for trick-or-treating," said Lisa Barr, senior director of marketing for Spirit Halloween.
Spirit Halloween has opened a shop at Grand Central Plaza between Office Depot and T.J. Maxx.
"Halloween has grown due to the increased interest from adults," Barr said.
"Halloween is a celebration when kids of all ages can dress up and be whoever or whatever they want to be for a day."
The top 10 costume trends for the coming season included superheroes, Disney characters and popular on-screen personalities, according to Spirit Halloween.
Among those are superheroes like Batman, Superman, Spider Man and the Avengers especially Iron Man. Other popular choices include The Walking Dead; Disney Junior characters from popular shows like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First and Jake & the Never Land Pirates; characters from Cartoon Network shows Adventure Time and Regular Show; Monster High; Disney Princesses including new characters like Brave's Merida and classics like Cinderella; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Day of the Dead; Toy Story; and Pirates.
"Spirit Halloween provides consumers with the most relevant and timely costumes based on what's happening in the world of pop culture," said Steven Silverstein, president and CEO, Spirit Halloween. "With 30 years in the Halloween business, we know what consumers want and always deliver the best selection of costumes, accessories and home decor to make this year's celebrations memorable for all.
"Halloween enthusiasts will find anything and everything needed for the long weekend of celebrations this year."
The store also offers a wide variety of accessories that people can mix and match for their own do-it-yourself costumes.
For more grownup tastes, some of the popular choices are an embroidered, smiling teddy bear, plush leotard for the ladies; a black and white striped suit jacket and pants for the guys and the infamous foam finger with red nails to complete the look.
Princess Leia's famous gold bikini debuted in 1983's "Return of the Jedi" and continues to be a popular costume 30 years later. Another sought-after look continues to be Darth Vader.
For shoppers who are looking to make their home the spookiest in the neighborhood, Spirit Halloween offers an all new exclusive line of lawn decor, Lawn Scares which includes Zombie Flamingos, Zombie Cats, Zombie Gnomes, and Zombie Deer.
"The decor business continues to grow as more and more people are going all out on their home haunts," Barr said. "With Halloween falling on a Thursday this year, Spirit Halloween predicts a monster Hallo'weekend enthusiasts will be able to celebrate for not just one night, but three. Many people are hosting parties and celebrating with friends and family - and the best thing, there's no stress related to Halloween celebrations. It's all about fun."
Officials with Halloween City, which is affiliated with national retailer Party City and is operating a seasonal location at Lakeview Shopping Center, did not respond to email and phone messages.