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The Expansion Of The Costume Industry

May 4, 2008
If you frequent retailers in the late fall, you have probably noticed that every year Halloween is growing in prevalence. This is especially true when it comes to the costume aspects of the holiday. Plus, with the popularity of Halloween continuing to grow, more people are considering other uses for their Halloween costumes - making Halloween costumes a year-round festivity.

Adults getting into the action

Halloween used to be considered a children's holiday. Kids would dress up and run from door to door in the neighborhood begging for candy. Adults rarely, if ever, joined in the fun by donning a costume - and if they did, they were certain to get a few stares.

Now, more and more adults are joining in the fun and dressing up in the spirit of the holiday as well. Some workplaces encourage a costume for the day, and some adults have exchanged their trick-or-treat bags for adult costume parties. And since adult Halloween costumes are becoming so popular, the creativity and quality of the costumes available are improving.

More variety for adults

Kids Halloween costumes used to be all of the same variety. Since Halloween was considered mainly a kid's holiday, your options were limited - go as a ghost or a witch or a princess or maybe an animal. Few, if any, of these getups were really appropriate for adult wear. Often, the adults that did want to dress up to celebrate were left creating their own costumes from items that they had around the house or could piece together from Halloween accessories.

However, with the popularity of movie characters as Halloween costumes, there are more options for adults. For instance, they can now go as Spiderman or an elf from Lord of the Rings. These newer additions to the Halloween costume scene offer some competition to the traditional ghouls and ghosts.

Plus, since there has been a boom in adult Halloween costumes, costume designers have been rethinking their approach. One way is through sexy Halloween costumes. Now adults can still be a witch or a doctor or a waitress, but now their costumes offer a more mature theme.

More variety for kids

Some adults remember the fun of the Halloween that they had as children and want to pass this on to their own kids. Of course, kids Halloween costumes have become more elaborate (and more expensive) as well. Kids Halloween costumes can range from the traditional Halloween creepies to the latest cartoon characters and superheroes.

There is an increasing variety of places that kids can wear their Halloween costumes to. Many schools offer costume parades and Halloween parties. Plus some parents will make their Halloween events for the whole family. So instead of just trick-or-treating, kids may wear their Halloween costumes all day or all weekend. And since no kid wants to be outdone, the attention to detail and the options continue to improve.

As Halloween continues to grow in popularity, so will the Halloween costume options - allowing you and your little ones to dress to your heart's content!
About the Author
Paul Hulse writes for the Halloween Costumes online retailer www.incostume.com. Please visit their site for more information on Adult Halloween Costumes.
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