Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Hottest Halloween costumes for 2016 |

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Hottest Halloween costumes for 2016

Halloween by the numbers Costumes: $3.1 Billion Candy: $2.5 Billion Decorations: $2.4 Billion Greeting cards: $390 Million Source: National Retail Federation 
Annual Report, Sept. 22, 2016

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What are you doing for Halloween? If you’re like the 171 million Americans surveyed, then you will be taking part in Halloween festivities in some shape or form.

According to an annual report done by the National Retail Federation, $8.4 billion will be spent on Halloween, which is the highest amount in the 11-year history of the report.

Frightgeist, which is a Halloween-themed Google Trends platform, lists characters from the movie “Suicide Squad” as the top adult costumes this year. So you have a frighteningly high chance of seeing Harley Quinn and the Joker this year, but general superheroes also round out the top five.

Prepare to see more superhero capes than princess crowns on the kids this Halloween. In the same study done by the National Retail Federation, 3 million kids plan to dress as their favorite caped crusader on Halloween. Princess costumes were bumped to second, with animal costumes coming in third.

Party Central has you covered

If you need a costume or have been procrastinating, then there is hope. For 15 years, Party Central has been the valley’s headquarters for Halloween costumes and decor. The latest trendy costumes can be found along with all the accessories.

LeeAnna Salazar, of Party Central, finds that the store’s clientele is creative and they come up with clever concepts.
“We can help turn their ideas into reality. They can come in and get something to complete the look of their costume or we can help them with their do-it-yourself creations.”

Salazar and her team makes sure Party Central is stocked not only for Halloween but for other holidays including New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day and Mardi Gras. They even have red, white and blue-themed items if you want to show your patriotism during the upcoming election on Nov. 8.

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