Women have lots of options in a wide range of prices, Hickey says. Those who are hunting for something flirty might select a corset-backed outfit, which he says offers a personalized fit and attractive look.
Corsets might seem like a natural fit for costumes such as the "Black Swan"-inspired corset and tutu, which costs $699 at Chicago Costume and is embellished with red lace and feathers. A plainer version of the costume is also available for $199. And Hickey says now even superheroes such as Batgirl and Wonder Woman come in corset styles.
For those seeking to marry their desire to be desirable with their inner zombie, there are a number of choices, says Siegel-George, including a $59.99 "zombie housewife" wearing a minidress and a "zombie nurse."
Lady Gaga has continued her Halloween costume popularity streak this year, says Siegel-George, although sales of Katy Perry get-ups -- complete with a blue wig -- have also been high.
Tomkiewicz says women seeking more modest alternatives could check out the 1920s flapper outfits from "Boardwalk Empire" or recreate the look worn in "Game of Thrones" with a costume from the medieval era.