Still trying to scare up a Halloween costume? Don't be surprised if you have trouble finding what you want.    

Still trying to scare up a Halloween costume? Don't be surprised if you have trouble finding what you want.      


Itza Party in Pembroke, Mass., readied for Halloween on Labor Day, but “people were definitely looking before then, mainly the kids,'' said store manager Sarah Deroche.


“We're probably going to start running out of things,'' she said. “The last week is the big rush, especially for the adults. They don't think ahead.''


Halloween Scene in Kingston, Mass., put out its  costumes in early September, but the shopping rush kicked in within the past week, assistant store manager Patrick Dodgson said.


Halloween Scene has already sold out of Snooki wigs, a crucial piece to the hugely popular costumes modeled after the “Jersey Shore'' cast member, Dodgson said.


Other best-sellers inspired by pop culture include Lady Gaga costumes and Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter outfit, Deroche said.


Then there are the classics that kids enjoy: Greek goddess, princess, Dorothy, Darth Vader and characters from “Mario Bros.” and “The Flintstones.”


Cop uniforms are always popular with women, Deroche said, “and for the guys, there's always the prison jumpsuit,'' Dodgson said.


“(Classic) vampires aren't even that big this year,'' Dodgson said. “I guess people are going more for the 'Twilight' look.''


At both Halloween Scene and Itza Party, costumes generally cost between  $30 and $40.


A survey by the National Retail Federation says Halloween spending is up from last year: People will shell out $66.28 on average for costumes, candy and decorations, up from last year's $56.31.


Reach Ashlee Fairey at afairey@ledger.com.