Zombies, ‘Duck Dynasty’ among hottest costume trends

Published on October 28, 2013
St. John’s Value Village sales manager Steve Andrews shows one of the costumes the store is selling this Halloween: a pickle. Halloween comes early at the thrift shop, Andrews said, beginning in August.
— Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

If you were bombarded by ice tea-toting doppelgangers of the Robertson family’s Uncle Si at Mardi Gras on George Street this past Saturday, there’s a reason why: the bearded “Duck Dynasty” clan is this year’s top group costume for Halloween, according to an annual survey conducted for Value Village.

ressing in group costumes this year reported planning to disguise themselves as a member of the Louisiana family, owners of the Duck Commander empire and stars of their own reality show.

The new Royal Family — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby George — came in second at 37 per cent, while 15 per cent of group getups reported being Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and baby North.

The trends are true locally, said Steve Andrews, sales manager at the St. John’s Value Village outlet.

A global thrift store, Value Village resells and recycles donated clothing and household items, purchasing them from charitable organizations. Come October, the local store becomes the city’s Halloween headquarters, selling new costumes, accessories and decor in addition to second-hand goods.

We actually celebrate Halloween 64 days out of the year here,” Andrews said. “We start in August and we go right on in. Anytime you come to our store, our Halloween consultants are usually dressed up; we love to have fun. We like creating our costumes and we like creating your costumes.”

Packaged costumes are fun, Andrews said, but outfits people put together themselves are even better, and almost always look more authentic.

Zombies, a big trend this year, given the popularity of the TV show “The Walking Dead,” are dead easy to do yourself.

“Just grab an old suit — you can get it here for less than $20 — an old shirt, and, honestly, just run it over with your car,” Andrews said. He ran over his own zombie costume with a forklift, he said, laughing. Ladies can do the same with a wedding gown for a similar effect, he added. “You get tire marks, you get mud, you get dirt, you get grime. Add some fake blood to your clothes and face, smeared instead of just splattered, and it looks really great.”

Nostalgia is also big this year, Andrews said, with many people going for a 1920s flapper get-up or 1950s look, à la “Mad Men.”

“That 1920s glamour look is surprisingly easy to pull off. We have lots of dresses, feather boas and masks, if you’re doing a masquerade style,” he explained. “A lot of girls coming in are going for the 1950s look with the aprons, polka-dot shirts and flipped hair. A lot of people are looking to go back in time.”

For kids, TV and movies are still big influences, as are video games. Some of the most popular costumes this year include zombies, Super Mario and Luigi, fairies, princesses, and the minions from “Despicable Me” — easy to create with a pair of overalls, a yellow shirt, some yellow face paint and a pair of swimming goggles, Andrews said. Value Village actually stockpiles donated items throughout the year it feels will be popular around Halloween time, and this year, Andrews said, overalls made that list.

Andrews, himself, is going out for Halloween dressed as a nerd, with hiked-up dress pants, a shirt, pocket protector for pens and glasses with tape on the frames.

“You got to love it,” he said. “A bunch of us are dressing up as nerds and going as a geek squad.”


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