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Get ready for Halloween costumes

Be on the lookout for Minions and “Star Wars” characters in Oxford this Halloween.

Norma Prewitt works at her mother-in-law’s store Jo’s Costumes at 2524 East University Ave. in Oxford where costumes rent for $28.89.

The costume rental store only carries adult costumes because “the children want to keep theirs, and we can’t stand to take them back,” said Prewitt, who usually wears a leather vest and Harley Davidson hat for Halloween.

She said the store is currently stocked with all of the costumes they plan to order for the 2015 Halloween season.

Prewitt said she’s gotten a lot of requests for adult “Frozen” costumes, based on the Disney animated film.

She’s also had many requests for yellow Minion costumes.

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey, Minions and “Star Wars” characters were popular on all three top costume lists — adults, children’s and pets.

“As we’ve seen for several years, Hollywood and pop culture both have a tremendous impact on how adults and their children decide to dress the part each Halloween, and it’s evident some of the biggest newsmakers of the year will be out in full force this fall,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a news release.

Popular costumes

The NRF reports that princess costumes will also top the children’s costume list for more than 3 million Americans. Another 2 million will dress as a Disney “Frozen” character.

Almost 2 million children will become “Star Wars” characters and 1 million will be Minions.

For the 11th year in a row, the NRF report says witch costumes are the most popular choice for adults, with 4.3 wearing a pointy hat.

“Star Wars” characters ranked fifth for adults this year after tying for 12th last year, and animal characters (2.4 million), “Batman” characters (2 million) and zombie (1.9 million) round out the top five adult costumes.

Don’t forget the family pet. About 12 percent of the population will buy their pet a costume. “Star Wars” and Minion costumes also top the pet costume list.

College fun

Prewitt said college students rent a variety of ensembles for Halloween.

“We have college students come in and rent everything we have,” she said, “from bikers, to priests and nuns, to flapper dresses and gangsters.”

Prewitt said college students often come to the store looking for pimp costumes with accessories.

“They want the gold chains and the money signs,” Prewitt said. “We have beads to go with the dresses and stuff. For bikers, we have the leather wrist bands and gloves.”

Prewitt said the store also carries superhero costumes, race car driver costumes, fairytale costumes and storybook characters like Scooby Doo, Winnie the Pooh and Barney.

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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