Hassle-free Halloween costumes that can be thrown together at the last minute are among this season's most popular get-ups.
While pirate and zombie costumes still remain crowd-pleasers this year, many people have visited Make Believin' costume shop to purchase Smurf costumes and accessories, said owner Debbi Reck.
A Smurf has blue skin, a white hat, white pants and a blue tail. Some customers are painting themselves blue and purchasing accessories like a white hat and black glasses, Reck said.
Although Lady Gaga-esque blond wigs flew off of the store's shelves last year to people who mocked the musician's style, Reck said, so far, only one person has come in this season to buy a wig to dress as Gaga for Halloween.
This time of the year is an exciting and busy time for the 26-year-old family-owned business, even though it provides services year-round, Reck said.
"One thing about our costumes is that they're all made here in the store. ... They're all unique," Reck said.
Spending: A recent survey revealed that a poor economy isn't stopping many Americans from planning Halloween blowouts this year.
The National Retail Federation's 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey found nearly 70 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, up 5 percent from last year.
That translates to an individual spending an average of $72.31 on costumes, decorations and candy this Halloween, the report said.
At Spirit Halloween in Springettsbury Township, costumes from the addictive "Angry Birds" video-game series are a hot item for boys this year, said employee Jackie Bruce.
She also said zombie costumes and gory makeup are among items leading in sales this year because of recent movies and video games that feature zombies.
Inspiration: Morgan Folkenroth, 6, of Mount Wolf, sought inspiration for this year's costume through Disney movies.
After juggling around a few costume ideas, Morgan said she ultimately decided to dress as Tinkerbell this Halloween.
"Morgan just had a birthday party and it was Tinkerbell-everything. She decided she wanted to be Tinkerbell for Halloween, too," said her mother, Chris Folkenroth.