Halloween is a playground of inspiration. A time where vision meets opportunity — where thinking outside the box is "cool" - where embracing the unconventional is encouraged - and where playing around is the name of the game. “Halloween is a time many adults allow themselves to be playful.” says French. And the statistics back her up. Halloween is becoming more and more an adult event. According to the National Retail Federation survey, 68.6% of adults plan to celebrate Halloween this year, up from 63.5% last year.
For stores like Partylab, which is a locally-owned resource for every holiday, happening and birthday event, Halloween is a favorite. “Customers come in with an idea,” says French, “and the Partylab team helps them bring it to life.” With the recent addition of a 2,000 sq. ft. costume lab and a staff who consult all year long, Partylab assists customers in creating their own unique costume. With Halloween costume parties just around the corner, it is important to start creating early, French says.
With many years in the business, French has been scanning the trends and has identified what she feels are hot trends for 2012:
• “Sexy Zombie” – Classic beauties like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are ubiquitous this year and sure to show up in the most unexpected places
• “Vampire Cowboy” or “Cowgirl” or “Vampire Policeman” or “Vampire General” - with movies like Twilight and True Blood, you’re likely to see some characters you recognize.
• “Bride of Franken-Showgirl”
• “Election Night Fever” – Blast the Bee Gees and mix some sexy Disco outfits and wigs with your politician of choice and remember to get a disco ball to hold over your head.
Of course, the classics will always endure: the naughty nurse, the hot devil, the feisty witch, the hunky fireman and the authentic military soldier. Also look for new ideas inspired by period costumes from popular TV shows like Downton Abbey or Game of Thrones.
Do the monster mash-up at Partylab’s “What Are You Gonna Be?” Party on Saturday, October 13, 2012 starting at 7pm featuring top costumes, zombie-tini's and a ghoulishly good time. If you still need costume ideas, the Partylab costume consultants will be on hand for inspiration and fun photo opportunities. Details for the event are on their Facebook page (http://Facebook.com/