Super heroes, Duck Dynasty big sellers this Halloween - WKRN News 2

Super heroes, Duck Dynasty big sellers this Halloween

Posted: Updated: Oct 29, 2013 11:02 PM CDT

The countdown to Halloween hauntings is underway.

With just two shopping days left before the holiday, retailers like Performance Studios are ready for last-minute shoppers.

Performance Studios is a year-round costume store that offers everything from the mundane to the macabre.

Co-owner Gary Broadrick has been scaring up business for more than two decades, and this year is no different.

"Even Saturday, when the line did get long, there were makeup jobs being done and people walking around in costumes, and laughing and playing, and tweeting and twerking," he laughed.  "I don't know what all they were doing, but there was a lot going on. But it's been a nice easy steady flow this year. It really has. It's been nice."

The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates consumers will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes and accessories in 2013, plus an additional $4.3 billion for candy and décor.

Costumes can vary as widely as candy.

Broadrick told Nashville's News 2 many groups favor the real-life characters of Duck Dynasty.

"They're easy to do because it's a beard and a wig and camo," he said.

Others go a bit more elaborate with Steampunk.

"Steampunk is a style of clothing and accessories that is, in the beginning of the 19th Century, what those people thought we would be dressing like in the 21th Century," said Broadrick. "There was the invention of the steam engine, so there's lots of gears and goggles and just accessories and trinkets and chains and pocket watches."

But this year, super heroes reign supreme among shoppers.

"The Avengers, the Marvel characters, as well as individual super heroes like a generic suit and you put a big 'M' on it and now you're Super Mom," Broadrick said.

Performance Studios seems to have perfected its holiday habits. Every year, customers choose from a vast array of costumes and accessories that can be rented or bought, as well as hair and makeup services.

Three years ago, the well-known costume shop moved from an old, cramped Church Street location to a more spacious property at 523 Thompson Lane.

During the busy Halloween season, full-time employees grow from 16 to 47, each trained to help customers navigate the showroom floor.

The store is so popular, parking attendants are necessary to keep traffic moving smoothly.

Performance Studios is open extended hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., through November 5.

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