Last year there were a ton of pirates, Darth Vaders and Sharpays knocking on doors looking for treats on Halloween night. Inland Halloween stores are saying this year is going to be a little bit scarier.
"We're seeing a ton of vampires and zombies flying off the shelves," said Ryan Goldman, marketing director and Simi Valley store manager for Adventure Halloween. "Hollywood always tends to drive the costume trends."
The continuing popularity of books, movies and television series like "Twilight," "True Blood," "Vampire Diaries" and "Zombieland" means crowds of blood suckers and the undead will be roaming the streets on Oct. 31 and at parties throughout the month.
"We can't keep the fake fangs and tubes of fake blood on the shelves," Goldman added.
The younger trick-or-treaters still like all things Disney and the super heroes, so there will still be plenty of princesses and Batmans out there too.
Keep an eye out for Michael Jackson as well.
"A lot of stores stocked it heavily thinking it would be popular after all the press coverage," Goldman said.
He hadn't seen a lot of sales in Simi Valley, but Jackson costumes and accessories have been big sellers in both Riverside and San Bernardino Halloween Adventure stores.
"We're selling a ton of Michael Jackson," said Shannon Cornwell, manager of the San Bernardino Adventure Halloween store. "I think people are trying to pay tribute to him."
Spirit Halloween stores located throughout the Inland area are seeing hordes of vampires, Transformers, pop music stars including Jackson, and all manner of Star Wars, Star Trek and Harry Potter characters.
"Vampire Mania is particularly sharp this year, with sales of vampire costumes projected to double last year's," said Jeannie Hornung, marketing director for Spirit Halloween.
This year is all about being scary, said Theresa Cole, manager of the Riverside Halloween Adventure located in the Galleria Mall.
"Vampires, werewolves and other movie monsters are it," Cole said. "We're right next to a movie multiplex. They go see a movie and then come next store and buy their costume."