Little ice queens named Elsa and mini Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be taking over the sidewalks this Halloween. The two costumes are among the top sellers at Fresno-area stores with Halloween costumes.
Adults are mixing things up a bit — you could see Ron Burgundy chatting up the mother of dragons from "Game of Thrones."
One thing is clear: This is going to be a big Halloween.
It falls on a Friday this year and more people than ever — 67% — are planning to dress up, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.
Elsa from the Disney movie "Frozen" is the true queen of Halloween this year. Using surveys, the federation actually came up with an estimate of how many children will be dressing up as a character from the movie this year: 2.6 million. They could be going as Elsa's sister Anna or the snowman Olaf, too. But mostly it's Elsa's blue dress and the long blond braid — sold as a wig and a clip-on — that are flying off the shelves.
Little girls everywhere, including 2-year-old Cambria Boling of Clovis, have been obsessing over the heroine since the movie came out last year. ("The first five or six times it's really cute," her dad, Delaney Boling, says of watching the film.)
"We asked the kids what they wanted to be for Halloween and she was just like, 'Elsa,' " Boling says. "Everything is Elsa to her now."
A SPIRIT Halloween clerk noted that Elsa is a welcome change from last year, when Miley Cyrus' "twerking teddy" costume was flying off the shelves.
And there's a rainbow of Elsa accessories available: Elsa wigs, a wand, a tiara, a necklace and earrings, stick-on stars and other body jewelry. Throw in the dress and you could easily spend $94 on a child's costume.
That's not that far off from the amount the retail federation says the average person will spend: $77.52 on everything from costumes to candy.
For boys, store managers say the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the most popular, especially the costumes with the built-in shells and muscles.
But there's a whole range of costumes that adults are buying. Women are dressing up as Elsa, too, with the SPIRIT Halloween at Shaw Avenue and First Street selling sequined corsets and blue skirts that are far shorter than the Disney version.
The traditional witch still tops the federation's list of the most popular costume for adults. But swing through any Halloween or big-box store and you'll also find lots of superhero costumes.
Superheroes are transcending gender this year. Men can dress up as Batman or Superman, but so can women. Each of those costumes come in T-shirt form and a corset-and-skirt combo. One might argue that's technically a Batgirl or Supergirl costume. But, there's no question that women can be Batman sidekick Robin — the kind with a corset and mini skirt.
The closer you look, the odder the costumes get. Adults can be giant crayons, Flo from Progressive Insurance, even a man-sized Tinky Winky Teletubby.
It's easy to spend big bucks on Halloween costumes, particularly at the temporary stores. Big-box stores such as Target and Wal-Mart usually have lower prices on Halloween costumes, including adult costumes.
If you're really pinching pennies, two thrift shops downtown are offering used Halloween costumes for little ones for as low as $1.99. Each year, Thrift Mart and American Vintage Thrift on Van Ness Avenue near Inyo Avenue convert to Halloween super stores, selling both used costumes and new items such as bloody scrubs.
4. Frozen character
6. Batman character
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
3. Batman character
— Source: NRF