It's costume shopping season and it's always so much fun to see the new and creative costumes out there.
Topping my list of eyebrow-raising costumes is the Miley Cyrus "twerkin' teddy" for sale at the SPIRIT Halloween store at Shaw and West avenues (and probably other stores).
The costume, which costs $39.99, is a fuzzy leotard with a cartoon image of a bear that the singer ripped off partway through her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards back in August. It does not include the unflattering nude bikini she wore under it.
SPIRIT also sells a foam finger similar to the one she used at the awards show to do things I'm not going to repeat here. This foam finger has red nails.
Men are getting in on the theme, too. There's a Robin Thicke black-and-white-striped suit for sale at the stores. And an employee at the Halloween Express store at Shaw and Sunnyside avenues in Clovis said people are buying the striped Beetlejuice suit to use in their Robin Thicke costume.
There's a whole discussion to be had here about why you would want to dress up as that particular representation of Miley. I won't go down that road, except to make clear that this is an adult woman's costume, not a child's. Let's hope kids versions of this costume don't exist.
On the tamer side, costumes inspired by the "Duck Dynasty" TV show's wacky, bearded, self-described rednecks are popular at stores. They come with long beards and camouflage vests.
Superhero costumes continue to be popular among kids and adults, whether it's Captain America or Iron Man.
The odd twisting of superhero costumes to suit women continues. We all know Captain America did not wear a frilly skirt, but you can buy a blue tutu skirt with stars on it that pairs with a red, white and blue corset.
Women should be able to dress as whatever they want, but you've got to admit it's a little strange to hear the SPIRIT stores touting a female Rick Grimes costume for the first time. Grimes is the deputy sheriff in "The Walking Dead" zombie TV series and the "sassy Rick Grimes" costume features a miniskirt.
If you're looking for more normal clothes, a new Ross Dress for Less store at 4950 E. Kings Canyon Road near Willow Avenue is open. The building is newly renovated.
Two new Burlington Coat Factory stores are coming to the area.
The Burlington store at 70 W. Shaw Ave. in Clovis opened last week near Minnewawa Avenue. The Visalia opening is scheduled to open Friday at 3844 South Mooney Blvd.
The Burlington Coat Factory stores carry coats, but also deeply discounted women's, men's and children's clothing and has been touting its suits, shoes and baby items lately.
Glorious Junk Days is today in Clovis. This one is shaping up to be the biggest yet. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Old Town, more than 160 dealers will sell vintage, handcrafted, repurposed and architectural salvage items.
It's a bit like an vintage/antique fair, but instead of just vintage furniture, you'll find painted or repurposed furniture, along with many other items for decorating, weddings or parties.
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