Judging by costumes, past returns to haunt

Herald staff

MARYSVILLE — The ’70s have come back to haunt us.

Retro-look costumes are the hot new thing for adults this Halloween season, Planet Halloween owner Andrea O’Brien said: disco three-piece suits and Austin Powers-inspired velvet jackets for men, vinyl go-go dresses for women and psychedelic hippie threads for both.

For children, it’s wizard-in-training Harry Potter and those ubiquitous Japanese pocket monsters from Pokemon, she said.

Hot costumes from past years, based on "Star Wars" characters, will continue to be popular, O’Brien said. And there seems to be a revival in classical Halloween characters, including angels and witches.

O’Brien herself plans to dress in different costumes just about every day for the rest of the month. And she hopes to get out of the store early enough to take her 2-year-old daughter trick or treating around the neighborhood, perhaps in matching mother-daughter princess costumes, she said. "I want to be pretty."

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