Features October 2018

Halloween Costume Ideas for the Family

It might still be warm outside, but Halloween is just around the corner. While cooler temperatures will come, we all want to know what the hotHalloween costumes will be this season.

As Marketing Director at Desert Ridge Marketplace, I have the exciting privilege of being on the front lines when Halloween costumes begin lining shelves each year. With the pros at the Desert Ridge Marketplace Spirit Halloween store, we’ve compiled the trendiest, most popular costumes for 2018 – from kiddos to adults.

Young Kids

Superheroes are all the rage in Hollywood, and their popularity shows no signs of wavering when it comes to costumes. American heroes Wonder Woman and Captain America are staying strong in 2018. Other popular costumes include Batman and Superman, which made an appearance in“Justice League” late last year.

If superheroes aren’t your child’s thing, there are other other imaginative costumes inspired by popular culture.“My Little Pony,”“Cars,”“Ghostbusters”and“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” costumes throwback to pop culture classics with a new twist.


What’s old is new again for tweens! Ever-popular witch costumes get a spin in 2018 with cute details and colorful options.“HocusPocus” and“Maleficent”costumes are among the most popular witchy get ups.

Old school movie options are back for tweens, including options from“TheWizard of Oz,”“Piratesof the Caribbean” and more.


Teens want to stand out from the crowd. Create-your-own costume accessories allow for freedom of expression. These decorative accessory collections allow teens to make customizable costumes using their own clothing, adding themed headbands, shoe covers and tails to create their dream costume. Your teen can become a magical unicorn, Dalmatian, cat or deer in a snap!

Super spooky costumes are also one a teen Halloween costume trend. Skeletons, monsters, vampires and clowns make for trendy costumes that can be used for years to come.


Grab your friends, family or significant other, because 2018 is the year of the group costume. Dress up as your favorite – or funniest – emojis. Spirit Halloween at Desert Ridge Marketplace carries multiple costumes to express your emojis, including“poo,”“sunglasses”and Snapchat-inspired“rainbowsmiles.”

Travel back in time as a group of 1920s partiers, time traveling service members or occupational groups like law enforcement, firefighters and hospital heroes.

Wear your costume to Desert Ridge Marketplace’s Creepy Candy Crawl, where kids can treat-or-treat to multiple retailers on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m., or to our first annual Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 19-31, where families can pick the perfect pumpkin, sip cider and snap a seasonal photo.

Desert Ridge Marketplace is located at 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. Spirit Halloween is located on the south side of Desert Ridge Marketplace near PetSmart and DSW. For more information, visit www.shopdesertridge.com.

By: Rebecca Smith/Marketing Director, Desert Ridge Marketplace

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith, Marketing Director at Desert Ridge Marketplace, has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, where she had the opportunity to lead the marketing efforts in markets within Texas, Atlanta, and Arizona. At, Rebecca oversees everything marketing for the property including more than 500 family-friendly community events per year, partnerships, television segments, advertising efforts, social media strategy, tenant relationships and more. The fun continues outside of work, with a passion for fitness, travel and outdoor activities Rebecca enjoys the active lifestyle, mountainous landscape and wonderful weather (9months of the year) Phoenix offers.

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