Thursday, October 30, 2014
What's Hot for Halloween? CREATIVITY!
Pardon me while I step out of the proper writing format of "This Author" and just chat about Halloween this morning. Tomorrow is the big day and everyone is scurrying around trying to get all their last minute shopping done. Cleaning, decorating, getting all the costumes, accessories and make up together and ready to GO!
I'm happy to see, at least at Beauty and the Beast, the costume trends are moving away from the super sexy stuff. I can't speak for other stores because I don't have time to shop there and the sales people don't report to me, I can only talk about what I personally see. Maybe my "Family Values" store image has finally taken root. Whatever the reason, I'm happy to see bright, beautiful young people shopping for all kinds of OTHER costumes. I'm extremely happy to see so many people looking for more creative options.
Personally, I'm pretty old school, I like classic scary costumes. For me, classics are Frankenstein, the Monster's Bride, Dracula, Werewolf, Witches, Grim Reaper and Devils. For this generation, the classics are Jason, Freddy, Micheal, Leatherface and Zombies. However, I know as a child, my one true wish was to be Cinderella, so that little girl desire to be a Princess for just one night will never die. My Halloween costume is a Day of the Dead inspired creation, a skeleton in a long brightly colored dress and big hat. My husband laughs and calls it my "Happy Dead Person" costume. In a way, it's a combination of classic scary skeleton and princess dress!
Whenever the media asks me the age old questions "What's Hot for Halloween" I never have a good answer because there is never ONE costume that outsells everything else to the point of being overly noticeable. At Beauty and the Beast, our sales are all across the board, Heroes, Princesses, Classic Monsters, Patriotic, Famous People / Media Characters, and the buyer's own imagination. Perhaps the good answer for "What's Hot for Halloween?" should be - At Beauty and the Beast, what's hot is CREATIVITY!