DC’s Top 10 Halloween Costumes for 2011

We talked to some local Halloween stores to discover what locals are most likely to be wearing this Oct. 31.

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Who’s the fairest of them all? The classic fairy tale princess costume sold out at Party Depot in Alexandria (6700 Richmond Hwy #9).
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We talked to some local Halloween stores to discover what locals are most likely to be wearing this Oct. 31. One thing we learned? Simplicity is on the rise, as more Washingtonians are opting for “pretty face masks,” instead of traditionally over-the-top costumes. “I personally think it has to do with the economy, since they’re less expensive,” said Sandra Duraes, one of the managers at BackStage, Inc. (545 8th St. S.E.).
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The Academy Award-winning film may have been released last year, but that’s not stopping locals from aspiring to look like Natalie Portman’s character Nina, mixing her sexy and scary elements of style. According to Backstage, Inc., even men are honing in on this costume craze -- although they were mostly doing it for Tuesday's drag race in Dupost.
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With zombies rising from the dead in everything from TV to books to video games, it’s no wonder that the costume is a top choice for locals.
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Who’s the fairest of them all? Turns out it's still Snow White. The classic fairytale princess costume sold out at Party Depot (6700 Richmond Highway #9, Alexandria).
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Apparently living in the nation’s capital means living and breathing politics even while celebrating Halloween. The downright creepy Khaddafy mask is a top choice amongst locals, said an employee at Total Fright (3222 M St. N.W.).
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Me-e-e-ow! Women all over the DMV area are in a feline frenzy over Catwoman-inspired costumes, said an associate at Gene’s Costumes (10636 Connecticut Ave. N.W.).
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Thanks to pop-culture hits “True Blood” and "The Vampire Diaries" (and we're going to pretend to ignore "Twilight"), bloodsuckers could dominate the streets this Halloween. “A lot of guys like it because they don’t have to do anything but stick teeth and makeup on,” said Sandra Duraes at BackStage.
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Classic superhero uniforms like Batman and Superman are consistently a crowd-pleaser, said associates at both BackStage, Inc. and Gene’s Costumes (1036 Connecticut Ave. N.W.).
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In an ode to the roaring '20s, more women are opting for sparkly flapper dresses, said an associate at Gene’s Costumes.
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With so many federal workers in uniform around all the time, it’s easy to understand why women are dressing up as figures of authority. And it has nothing to do with the "sexy _______" standard. Nothing at all. Gallery by Jade Polay ALSO SEE: Top 10 Most Overused Costumes
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