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T. rex costumes, 1980s gear popular for Halloween

Witches, dinosaurs and mermaids will take to the streets across town Tuesday — but what will be the most popular Halloween costume of all? 

Like a Sanger High School marching band member, adults across the country are flocking to the inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex costumes. For Wal-Mart, the costume is the most popular one for adults this season nationwide, and the most popular right here in Texas. 

Nationwide, spending for the holiday is expected to hit a new high of $9.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Of that, $3.4 billion will be spent on costumes like the T. rex, which goes for $54.39 in the online Wal-Mart marketplace. 

At the seasonal pop-up shop Spirit Halloween, an exclusive contract to sell Hocus Pocus costumes has been a big draw for customers, said Erin Springer, public relations manager for the store. Hocus Pocus is a 1993 Disney movie that features three sisters who are humorous witches who try to live forever by getting the life force out of children.

"Going along with the costumes, we have a full collection of decor and entertaining items, and we're seeing a huge spike in that," she said. 

There's also been a lot of enthusiasm for costumes modeled after characters in the Netflix series Stranger Things, Springer said. 

"It's exciting that season two just came out, and a lot of people are doing '80s-themed parties that are Stranger Things focused," she said. 

In a spending survey for the retail federation, the top list of costumes looks different since the data isn't based on sales. For children, the top costume is a superhero, followed by princesses and Batman characters. For adults, it's witches, Batman characters and animals, according to the data. 

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889.

FEATURED PHOTO: A member of the Sanger High School marching band's color guard dressed up as a Tyrannosaurus Rex for the halftime performance of Friday night's game against Argyle High School in Sanger. The T-Rex costume is one of the more popular ones chosen by adults this Halloween.
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