What are You Wearing: Halloween Costume Culture Part II

What are You Wearing: Halloween Costume Culture Part II

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Halloween is here and that means lots of little kids will be out trick or treating, while many of the big kids will be attending costume parties and other activities. So what are you wearing this All Hallows Eve?

"I know I'm going to go as a fairy," said Jessica Theriot, a costume shopper from Pearl River County.

"We came in looking for a completely different thing, but I ended up with Red Riding Hood," said Catherine Campbell, another costume shopper.

Other folks were having a harder time making a decision about their Halloween attire.

"We have no idea what we want, there's just too many things to pick from," said Valen Williams, who was shopping at Ultimate Party recently.

Some shoppers who haven't decided yet could go with what's popular nationally.  Witch costumes, along with animal and pirate outfits are selling well across the country.

Or you could go with what local retailers say is selling well, such as zombie or medieval-themed costumes.

Environmental suits are also big this year.

"The haz-mat suits and the doctor suits are really big and people are coming up with crazy signs and stuff to put on themselves," said Gabrielle Bulger, a sales associate at Spirit Halloween.

Shoppers can choose from all that, or they can really explore their creativity. That's what longtime costume shop owner Mel Johnston likes to see. He's owned Booger Hollow for more than 40 years.

"What I really enjoy the most is watching how creative people can be," Johnston said. "I like to see people doing things I've never seen before," he said.

And according to a study from the International Council of Shopping Centers, about three-quarters of American households are planning on spending money on Halloween costumes and other items this year.