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Halloween Costume Craze



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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: A dog dressed as a bumblebee poses during the 17th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade October 28, 2007 in New York City. The event is the largest dog Halloween party in the United States with an annual attendance of over 400 costumed dogs. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

     It may not feel like Fall quite yet, but Halloween is only a few weeks away. For some, there’s no better way to fight the end-of-summer blues than to start planning their costumes already. 

    Party City, a party supply and costume store, had their costume designers predict the 2010 costumes that would be roaming the streets, schools and offices come October 31.
    1980s garb, always a favorite of college students, should be big this year. The look is more neon spandex than shoulder pads.
    Vampires are obviously everywhere these days. While a Count Dracula would make a classically creepy costume, the trend today is "Twilight” or “True Blood” -- not Transylvania. Think leather jackets and pale make-up and, of course, the requisite brooding brow.
    Pop-culture costumes are not based on the supernatural alone. Celebrities and reality television shows are sure to influence costume choices. Count on countless Lady Gagas, Snookis and Situations.
    Trick-or-treaters looking to go more class than trash will probably find inspiration more from the catwalk rather than the Jersey Shore boardwalk. This year’s couture runway collections drew from Greek gods and goddesses, and Party City predicts this will translate into chic Halloween costumes. Women are also expected to go haute on Halloween with peacock, flapper and circus costumes.