Halloween parties could get pretty hairy this year.
The long-bearded men of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" are in demand as consumers hit up local shops for the perfect costumes, store managers said.
"All the guys coming in are asking for the camo, long beards and long hair," said Debbi Reck, owner of Make Believin' Costumes at 2709 S. Queen St. in York Township.
While most men want to dress up as the guys who made a fortune on duck calls, their dates are opting to be "sexy ducks," said Nicole Lynen, manager of Spirit Halloween in York Galleria.
"The girls dress up in a cute white tutu, and we have duck bills. The boys go as the hunters. It's pretty funny," she said.
Most couples who browse at Make Believin' opt for pirate costumes -- a trend that has gained steam since 2008, Reck said.
"Johnny Depp started the trend years ago, and it has continued to be popular," she said.
Pirate costumes work well for couples because they're macho enough for the guy and pretty enough for the girl, Reck said.
"When a guy has to choose between being Superman in tights or a scruffy pirate, he'll pick the option that doesn't require him to shave," she said.
Scruffier yet: If you're looking for an even scruffier look, Reck recommends another big trend -- flesh-eating zombies.
With zombies gaining popularity after the popular AMC show, "The Walking Dead," Yorkers have looked to Make Believin' for its theatrical makeup, which can transform any fresh face into an animated corpse.
Transformation -- particularly that of a fictional, high school chemistry teacher -- is also a popular storyline among another Halloween getup. Fans of AMC's "Breaking Bad" have been buying gas masks and bald wigs, Lynen said.
As they decide if they want to be RV Walter, Hazmat Suit Walter, Regular Walter or Heisenberg, most consumers only need to shop for accessories, she said.
"It's easy to do your own Walter White," Lynen said. "It's hard to put together a Jesse."
For kids: Some children's costumes are also hard to find.
Young girls are choosing among Monster High dolls, and little boys are going as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Minions -- yellow characters in the "Despicable Me" movies.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are completely sold out here and online, and Minions are sold out statewide," Lynen said.
Party City is well stocked with Monster High costumes, including the tights, wigs, jewelry and boot covers, said Kristy Watkins, manager of the store at 2801 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township.
And don't be surprised if the youngest trick-or-treaters show up at your door dressed as little animals.
Store managers agree the most popular infant costumes include monkeys, bunnies, cows, owls and "every other baby animal you can think of," Watkins said.
"The owl craze is to blame. Everything has owls on it everywhere you look. There will be a lot of little owls this year," she said. "And maybe a few Elmos."
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