Ex­pect trick o’ treaters as movie char­ac­ters, more whimsy for adults

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Hal­loween cos­tumes of­ten re­flect so­ci­ety. This year is no dif­fer­ent, says Peter Let­sos, gen­eral man­ager for the Hal­loween Me­ga­s­tore in Fort My­ers, one of the firm’s two year- round Florida stores, part of its mini em­pire of two dozen tem­po­rary shops. Oct. 31 this year is a Tues­day. Won­der Woman, De­spi­ca­ble Me (Min­ions), Jus­tice League and Star Wars cos­tumed kid­dies will likely run the neigh­bor­hoods. Check the of­fice party for, you guessed it, zom­bies, cow­boys/ cow­girls, rub­bery mon­sters, pi­rates and a mish­mash of whimsy, color and dar­ing, Let­sos says. The truly scary part for re­tail­ers is fig­ur­ing what’s hot a year out, he adds, mer­chan­dis­ers scour­ing mar­ket­ing shows and other sources to stock shelves, to en­tice us to shell out an av­er­age $45 to ex­press our Hal­loween spirit. “It is, ac­tu­ally, pretty ex­cit­ing,” he says.

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