The big day is only five days away, and Patch wants to make sure you are ready.
Patch has published two stories on Halloween as part our five-day, Monday-Friday countdown publishing every morning at 5 a.m. In case you've missed the past two stories, here are links:
Now, we all know that one of the most important parts of Halloween is the costume. Hopefully you've already purchased or made your costume. If not, don't worry — here are some popular ideas.
According to Jackie Cannon, assistant manager of Spirit Halloween at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, the most popular adult costume is Charlie Sheen. The store is having trouble keeping the two different wigs, including the stand-up, messy hair, in stock. They also carry a Sheen mask and "Winning" t-shirts. Add a cigarette and a flask, and you too can make fun of Charlie Sheen this Halloween!
Paul McIntire, sales associate of Halloween City,7300 Haggerty Rd., in West Bloomfield said zombies, vampires, pirates, and medical staff have been very popular for adults at their store. Recently, I went to a trick-or-treating event and I noticed many women still fancy the ever popular witch costume.
Across the board it seems the most popular costume for children is the Angry Birds, which stems from the popular video game of the same name. Four Metro Detroit area Halloween stores whose managers I spoke with — Party City of Farmington Hills, Spirit Halloween of Royal Oak and Novi, and Halloween City of Bloomfield Hills — said they can't keep them stocked. These fast movers will be hard to find. Other popular kids costumes include the everlasting Disney princesses and Strawberry Shortcake for girls, and Batman/superhero and Cars characters for boys. The Smurfs and Harry Potter characters are also in the running for favorites.
Of course, I think the best costumes are usually homemade. The kind where a mom spends months sewing for her child to wear one evening. The costume you look at and say "Wow." Unfortunately, not many moms have the time to do this. You can create easy inexpensive homemade costumes like the 80's rocker, ghosts, ladybugs, gypsies, fairies or firefighters for your little ones in a short amount of time using materials from stores around town.