FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Local Halloween enthusiasts are beginning to get ready for October 31. Three weeks before Halloween night, people are starting to find their costumes for the year.
Dick Stoner, the owner of Stoner's Funhouse, said people have begun coming in, but added that most people don't pick out their costume until the final week before Halloween night.
"Some people come in early and some people have already reserved rental costumes," Stoner said. His store has more than 20,000 rental costumes. He estimated a few hundred have already been rented out. "We're also having people come by and pick up their costume or come in and buy them."
Stoner opened his store in 1949, but it originally only sold magic tricks, before expanding to costumes and other items.
According to the National Retail Federation, 158-million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, and spend approximately $6.9 billion.
Stoner and his customers have seen the increase in the holiday's popularity, and said Halloween is no longer only for children.
"All of a sudden, the adults realized what it was and have a lot of big parties, so it's become a big adult thing anymore," Stoner said.
Delyse Luley was looking for a costume with her her family. "We have kids, too," Luley said. "They love that we dress up. It's all about having fun. Everyone seems to get into it anymore. Even your pets dress up."
Even though it's early in the costume-shopping season, Stoner has noticed some of this year's favorites.
"The morph suits are big, and they come in all different colors," Stoner said. A morph suit covers the person's entire body and face. "Duck Dynasty beards and scarves are also strong."
Google has created a list of the most popular adult costumes for 2013. They are:
- Miley Cyrus
- Breaking Bad
- Minion - a character from the movie "Despicable Me"
- Fox - from the Ylvis' viral video "The Fox"
- Duck Dynasty
- Daenerys - Targaryen of the HBO show "Game of Thrones"
- Gatsby dress
- Daft Punk - a band
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