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Top Treats, Costumes and Activities for Halloween 2013

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Halloween, for most people, means lots of candy, costumes and scary sights.

In terms of the most popular costumes, some old classics, as well as a couple new trends top the list. According to George Elder, the owner of Party Starts Here, some classic costumes remain a popular choice in Charlottesville. For kids, it's superheroes like Spiderman, Batman, Thor and the Hulk, for adults, penguins and Ninja Turtles are popular.

Elder says they start planning months in advance to make sure they order enough of all the top costumes.

"We have to look at trends ahead of time, but it's those last minute things that we try to scrounge for," he said. "We have a lot of stuff in stock and we're ready for these next two or three days here."

The YouTube hit "What Does the Fox Say," has people in the region scrambling for ears, tails and whiskers to wear. Some stores in the area say they're all sold out of fox costumes. "Duck Dynasty" has been a big hit this year, along with Miley Cyrus' well-known MTV Video Music Awards performance outfit.

As for the businesses in the area getting into the spirit, some have giveaways for people in costume. At Chipotle, customers who come dressed in a costume after 4 p.m. get a $3 entrée. Also, Food Lion is rewarding kids in who come dressed in a lion costume with a free cupcake. Click here for a list of participating businesses this year.

There are a number of opportunities for kids to enjoy Halloween. There's Trick or Treating on the Lawn at the University of Virginia. Businesses in downtown Crozet will be handing out candy, and the town of Orange's Downtown Alliance is offering an evening full of festivities. All of these events run from 4 p.m. To 6 p.m. For a look at other opportunities, visit the NBC29 Community Calendar.

For those who were late to purchase candy, here is some last minute advice: It's all about the chocolate. A research analysis from company 24/7 Wall St. reveals Reese's, M&M's, Hershey's, Snickers, and Kit Kat bars rank at the top of the list.

And if it's something less sweet and more scary you're looking for this Halloween, we've got you covered there too.

Finally, if you're looking for some spooky fun, there is a haunted area worth visiting in Charlottesville.  Wednesday is the last night for the CSI Walking Tour. You'll learn about historic haunted places in Charlottesville, and about ghosts around town. Plus, help solve a real-life murder from 1904 involving the mayor and his wife.
"We go through the night of the murder, we go to the jail, we go to the courthouse where the trial is held, and at the end of the whole thing we ask everyone who they think did it.  It's a true story and it's a fascinating story," said tour guide Rob Craighurst.

The tour meets at Marco & Luca Noodle Shop on the downtown mall at 8 p.m. Craighurst said he'll take as many people as he can on Halloween- the last night of the tours.

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