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The Ultimate Guide to Halloween

Halloween is going to be here before you know it, but don’t worry – here’s a handy guide to make sure you’ve got everything you need to appease those restless spirits

COSTUMES

Have no idea what to dress up as or what costumes to dress the undecided kids in? Spirit Halloween knows what’s up. As the largest Halloween store in North America, they’ve got the trendiest costumes for 2018 covered, according to a news release from Spirit Halloween Public Relations Manager Erin Springer.

One idea is to go as your favorite skin from the video game Fortnite or a plethora of other popular video games.

“Spirit Halloween has all the gaming gear favorites covered, including costume and accessories from Kingdom Hearts, Halo, Assassins Creed and Minecraft – a fan favorite for kids and adults,” the release states. “Gaming enthusiasts can also find a variety of Overwatch costumes and accessories from mercenary Reaper to guardian angel Mercy, complete with wings.”

Movie-inspired costumes are also pretty trendy as the cult classic “Hocus Pocus” is celebrating 25 years. As such, Spirit Halloween has exclusive costumes, dress, wigs and accessories to dress up as the Sanderson sisters from the movie. The iconic horror classic “Halloween” is also hitting a milestone, celebrating 40 years and a new movie, making Michael Myers costumes and masks an idea.

Other movie character costume ideas include Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, the Ghostbusters and characters from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” which is also celebrating 25 years this year.

Unicorns, vampires, clowns, astronaut and extraterrestrial costumes are ideas as well as are celebrating a little bit of “foodie culture.”

“This Halloween, customers can display their foodie love with costumes such as the Popcorn Dress, Cheeseburger costume or Peanut Butter and Jelly couples costume,” the release states.

Spirit Halloween is located at 1841 E. Highway 69 Suite #118 in Frontier Village. Attempts to reach Springer for comments were unsuccessful.

CANDY

Thinking of giving out some Snickers for Halloween? You’d be in good company as www.candystore.com found through a decade-long study that Snickers is the most popular Halloween candy for the state of Arizona with Hot Tamales and Hershey’s Kisses coming in at second and third.

The study looked at 11 years of sales data from 2007 to 2017 and the number one Halloween candy in America, according to the study, is Skittles.

One thing CandyStore.com spokesman Tom Johnson said he was surprised at was the amount of states that had candy corn as their most popular candy. It’s number one for Iowa, Idaho, Michigan, Alabama New Mexico, Nevada, and Rhode Island. Candy corn is a pretty contentious candy, Johnson said.

“People really feel passionate about it,” he said. “They either love it or they hate it.”

PUMPKINS

Pumpkin carving is a Halloween staple and there’s no end to the crafty designs people have come up with. These days though, people have the choice to carve real pumpkins or realistically fake craft pumpkins.

Carving real pumpkins can turn into fond memories. Sharla Mortimer of Mortimer Farms said she remembers a fun Halloween when she was a kid where she, her sister and grandfather sat down to carve the pumpkins. Her grandfather was down in the thick of it with them helping get the pumpkins cleaned out and carved.

“Those are the things that a Styrofoam ball can’t help you with,” Mortimer said.

Mortimer Farms, 12907 E. Highway 169, grows quite a bit of pumpkins and Mortimer said they love to have families come out and find their pumpkins. Mortimer Farms’ Pumpkin Festival Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Oct. 28 and has a 15-acre pumpkin patch and 15-acre corn maze.

Admission is $14.50 plus tax online, $15.85 plus tax at the gate and children 2 years old and younger are free.

Pumpkins can also be found at The Great Prescott Pumpkin Patch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Mile High Middle School, 300 S. Granite St. Entry is only $5 and there’s even a pumpkin carving station and a pumpkin carving contest at 1:30 p.m.

TRICK OR TREATING

Once all of the above is figured out, then it’s time for the big night. Halloween is Wednesday, Oct. 31 and there’s plenty of places for a good candy haul.

Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. has a Halloween Trick-or-Treat for Little Ones at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 and a Halloween Wheel O’ Treats and Costume Parade at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

There’s Safe Trick or Treat in Prescott Valley from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St. Admission is free and it’s a safe place for kids in the community to go trick or treating.

Chino Valley has a Halloween Festival in Memory Park, Palomino Road and N. Road 1 West, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

If all else fails though, there’s always the old standby of trick-or- treating down Mt. Vernon Avenue.