|The cost of a Halloween costume
|By Leslie Hunt Bankrate.com
A single word comes to mind regarding what's hot in Halloween costumes this year: arrr!
While that might not pass for a word, the store managers,
costume buyers and owners of famous costume shops we spoke with
did utter a single word to describe this year's hottest costume.
"Pirates," says Kevin Pohle, owner of the Colorado-based costume, toys and games shop, the Wizard's Chest. "Pirates, pirates and more pirates."
Made popular by the 2006 release of the movie "Pirates
of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," pirate costumes and related
accessories top the costume wish lists of kids and adults alike,
male and female. Some costume shops even carry buccaneer outfits
Will the cost of a pirate costume cost you a treasure chest of gold? It might. Unlike other all-inclusive costumes, dressing like Captain Jack Sparrow can cost shoppers an arm and a wooden leg. "If it's something simple like cartoon characters -- Batman, Flash or Superman -- a low-end style costume is OK," says David Bertolino, owner of Boston Costume, a costume shop that's been outfitting the theatre, film and television industries for nearly 40 years. He says the pirate look, however, requires more accessories, including a hat, boots and sword. By the time customers get to the register, they've "got a wheelbarrow full of stuff."
A basic pirate costume's price can vary widely. At Web retailer AnniesCostumes.com, for instance, kids' pirate costumes retail for $20 up to $40, while adult pirate outfits can be as much as several hundred dollars. One Captain Hook costume costs $1,000!
Shiver me timbers.
Not all pirate costumes mimic the clothing in the movie -- some costumes offer a more traditional pirate look, while others look sexier or cheesier. More traditional adult pirate costumes can be found at the Wizard's Chest in the $30 to $40 range. Boston Costume also carries adult pirate costumes, starting at $35.