costumers enjoying Halloween
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- If you haven't yet decided what
you're going to be for Halloween you're probably not a kid. Children around the country
are wearing their costumes to school, in a dress rehearsal for the annual Oct. 31
scarefest. And costume shops are doing a brisk business selling topical and traditional
When it comes to preferences, Deborah
Rivera, manager of Costumes Unlimited, in Orlando, Fla., says adults are wearing
Flintstones costumes and French maids outfits. Most of the requests for Monica Lewinsky
and President Clinton costumes came early, "and then we actually sold out.''
Rivera said: "With kids it's all the fairy princess, the
Disney characters, Mulan. The girls want to be feminine and very pretty and glamorous and
elegant. For the boys, the scarier the better'' Arnold Goldman, manager of The Monster
Makers theatrical makeup supplier, in Cleveland, says Halloween is a safe way for revelers
to deal with the real world and the unknown: "I think people just like to be scared.
People have fears, and it's kind of a way of confronting the fear.''
Three-year-old Jessica Tubis, in Hamden, Conn., got the
chance to work the kinks out of her Wicked Witch of the West costume by wearing it to
nursery school. As her mother finished up the green face paint, she looked at herself in
the mirror, laughed hysterically, and exclaimed, "Ooh, I'm scary!''
Asked how the Wizard of Oz character will demand candy she
demurred, "I'm not going to say anything -- I'm just gonna hold out my bag.'' Two
Alexandria, Va., brothers, 9-year-old Jason and 5-year-old Michael Bower, are dressing as
peanut and plain M&Ms, respectively. While Jason enthused, "This outfit is really
tight (cool)'' his younger brother just grumbled about the costume designed by his mother.