Still trying to scare up a Halloween costume? Don’t be surprised if you have trouble finding what you want. With spending on costumes rebounding from last year’s recession-driven numbers, last-minute costume shoppers may be out of luck.
“We’re probably going to start running out of things,’’ said Sarah Deroche, manager of Itza Party in Pembroke, Mass. “The last week is the big rush, especially for the adults. They don’t think ahead.’’
Deroche said the store readied for Halloween on Labor Day, but “people were definitely looking before then, mainly the kids.’’
Halloween Scene in Kingston, Mass., put out its costumes in early September, but the shopping rush kicked in within the past week, assistant store manager Patrick Dodgson said.
Halloween Scene already has sold out of Snooki wigs, a crucial piece to the hugely popular costumes modeled after the “Jersey Shore’’ cast member, Dodgson said.
Other best-sellers inspired by pop culture include Lady Gaga costumes and Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter outfit, Deroche said.
Then there are the classics kids enjoy: Greek goddess, princess, Dorothy, Darth Vader and characters from “Mario Bros” and “The Flintstones.”
Cop uniforms are always popular with women, Deroche said, “and for the guys, there’s always the prison jumpsuit,’’ Dodgson said.
“(Classic) vampires aren’t even that big this year,’’ Dodgson said. “I guess people are going more for the ‘Twilight’ look.’’
At both Halloween Scene and Itza Party, costumes generally cost between $30 and $40.
A survey by the National Retail Federation says Halloween spending is up from last year: People will shell out $66.28 on average for costumes, candy and decorations, up from last year’s $56.31.