Halloween costumes

Horror movies and the 1980s are all the rage this year when it comes to Halloween costumes. But there are also quite a few timeless treasures on this year’s list of most-searched-for Halloween costumes, according to Google Trends. 

Locally, Lydia Latham, the owner of Costume Curio, a year-round costume shop that supplies many of the costumes for area theaters and has a vast stock of the coolest getups that can be accessorized with wigs, jewelry, and top-of-the-line makeup, said that she’s selling more 1980s costumes than ever before. 

“The ’80s are a big period of time right now — neon stuff, gloves, fishnets, real 1980s prom dresses, polyester tuxedos with ruffled shirts and bow ties, the Don Johnson look — the ’80s are coming back,” Latham explained. 

She also said that if there is prize money involved in costume contests, people coming to her shop will often put together a classic look. 

“Pirate costumes are always a hit, with feathers, leather boots, wigs, the works,” she said. “But costume mashups are our favorites — when people wear a Hershey’s Kiss costume and put on a Grim Reaper costume so they are the Kiss of Death. When they make an effort and use thought when putting it together, those are always good.”

Costume rental prices vary. To rent a pirate costume with all the accessories, for example, plan to spend around $65-$70 at Costume Curio. Package costumes run from $30-$75. High-end makeup, like the kind that produces effects on the skin, is also in demand, Latham said.

Top 10 Halloween Costumes for 2019

Google Trends predicts that these will be the top costumes in the country based on searches. Costumes prices vary widely, from $20 up to $70 and more.


The super-creepy clown is guaranteed to roam neighborhoods this Halloween.



The witch never gets old. Spice it up with a wig and green makeup.



Superheroes are always trendy, a sales associate from Halloween Express on Woodruff Road said.



The T-Rex running down the street, with its head bouncing along, and seemingly unbalanced two-step is always hilarious.



Another pop-culture reference makes this year’s list of top costumes.



No specification on what kind of clown this is on the Google Trends list.



Hopefully kids these days will ditch the video games for some outdoor fun. In person. With real people.



Any version of a Chucky costume is scary.




Bring on the leg warmers, jelly shoes, big hair, and blue eyeshadow.




Like superheroes, unicorns are always Halloween favorites.



Where to purchase costumes in Greenville

Costume Curio
1704 Laurens Road, Greenville
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Halloween Highway
333 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays

Halloween Express
1400 Woodruff Road, Greenville
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays

Spirit Halloween
2110 Wade Hampton Blvd. Suite C, Greenville
1046 Woodruff Road, Greenville
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays

Party City
1117 Woodruff Road, Greenville
Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays

Halloween City
1301 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Greer
101 Verdae Blvd., Greenville
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays

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