He’s been on tour, he’s been roasted on Comedy Central, he’s even been to a . But expect to see a whole lot more of Charlie Sheen in your neighborhood come Halloween.
Writes CNN Money: “Charlie Sheen -- a.k.a. "the Rock Star from Mars" -- who caused a frenzy following his departure from the sitcom, "Two and a Half Men," earlier this year is now the top choice for a costume this season, according to Spirit Halloween, the country's largest seasonal Halloween retailer.”
Have you thought about taking your cue from the screen when it comes to selecting a Halloween costume? An occupy Wall Street protester, perhaps? Maybe a Real Housewife?
Well, dressing like your favorite headline maker could help you win big in that costume contest.
“If I would make a recommendation to anybody, go for the news and go for pop culture,” says Carlo Pellegrini, the producer of the Nyack Halloween Parade and a member of the village’s Chamber of Commerce, noting that residents and the judges—the village trustees—are interested in current events.
At last year’s parade, the top costume prize went to a woman dressed as the Chilean Miner’s Rescue Capsule. “She made a costume of the rig that saved them and she put herself inside it,” Pellegrini says. (The Nyack Halloween Parade is schedule for Oct. 22. Read more .)
Locally, Peter Gregorio, owner of Halloween Costumes, Makeup, Masks in Mount Kisco has gotten requests for Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and the tough-to-find Angry Birds.
But his top sellers remain tried and true favorites. Among them: For boys, Star Wars characters, police and zombie costumes have been doing well, while for girls the Monster High collection—Dracu-Laura, Frankie Stein—has been a bit hit. For the toddler set, Barney, the Smurfs and the always-adorable pumpkins are popular.
When it comes to men, it’s all about pirates. And for women? In a word: “Sexy,” Gregorio says, with “Makin’ Waves,”—a sexy sailor costume—as the most popular pick.
Still haven’t decided how to dress? With only 11 days left until Halloween, Gregorio, who has been in the industry for 25 years, recommends hitting the stores now to score a costume.
“Do it early so you can relax and enjoy it,” he advises.