(WGHP) – Leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, and the temperature is dropping, which means stores in North Carolina are gearing up for the Halloween season.
But which decorations and costumes are the most popular, and where can you find everything you need to scare your friends?
Do not be afraid. We’ve compiled a list below to help you choose how to decorate this October.
Walmart shoppers are big fans of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” as decorations based on the beloved movie make up half of the top ten best-selling inflatable decorations.
Don’t be surprised if you also see ghosts, owls, pumpkins, or puffy witches, as these Halloween staples are still many people’s best choices for outdoor decorations.
When it comes to costumes, Master Chief of the “Halo” series of Xbox games, Spider-Man, and Captain America are the most popular choices. If you prefer something that isn’t based on a superhero, the Witches and Queen Elsa from “Frozen” are also bestsellers.
Target buyers preferred to decorate their homes with bats, skulls, and black gauze, but the top-selling item is a bowl of cat-themed Halloween candy. You can also scare trick-or-treaters with the second bestseller: an animated doorbell with a bright green eye.
Princess costumes are also in demand at Target.
The bestsellers are Princess Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” Raya, the warrior princess protagonist of this year’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” and Princess Rapunzel, who recently appeared in Disney’s “Tangled”.
Walmart shoppers must frequent The Home Depot, as “The Nightmare Before Christmas” outdoor decorations are also the best-selling items there.
An inflatable Oogie Boogie, the evil bug sack that tries to thwart Jack Skellington, is the top choice for Home Depot buyers. A bright green tree with an illuminated face is the second best-selling decoration.
Black and orange jack-o-lanterns, gravestones, and flamingos are also popular Home Depot choices to scare your neighbors.
As this list has shown so far, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a Halloween favorite pretty much everywhere. Lowe’s even has a page dedicated solely to selling merchandise from the film.
The best-selling item on the page is an inflatable Jack Skellington sitting next to Sally, who warms it up in the movie so as not to mix up Halloween and Christmas.
Glow-in-the-dark tombstones and illuminated ghosts are also popular garden decorations with Lowe’s customers.
Sam’s Club offers exclusive decorations like an animated dragon in changing colors, a skeleton crown and an autumn-themed glass lamp that runs on batteries.
Similar to Walmart, the best-selling costumes are Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, and Hulk.
Do you need a spooky cookie jar, a vampire host to greet guests in your house, or two skeletons of dancing honeymooners? If so, head to Costco where you can purchase these popular decorations as well as dueling skeletons playing banjo and witches stirring cauldron.
This is the time of year when the abandoned building closest to you turns into a Spirit Halloween store for about three months before disappearing in early November.
You can scare house guests with a ouija board doormat or give them a nostalgic thrill with a hocus pocus doormat.
Other most popular Spirit Halloween decorations include a red light bulb that creates an ominous aura around your home, a “Beetlejuice” tombstone and a “The Nightmare Before Christmas” monster wreath.
The best-selling costumes are a mixture of spooky and sweet. A Minnie Mouse running costume is most popular with the hated cat and a raccoon costume completes the top three.
Now that you have all of your decorations set up exactly the way you want them and you have the perfect costume reserved for October 31st, you might be thinking about getting together with a few friends or family.
Party City employees are here for you. They shared their top picks for party supplies.
Unsurprisingly, a “The Nightmare Before Christmas” banner topped the list. Other popular party supplies are skull-shaped jars and a “Bloody Murder” glass kit that includes red napkins and bloodstained mugs.