Mackenzie Cummins, 18, pretends to flee down an aisle at The Costume Shop on Fourth Street in London. Cummins, wearing a Belle costume from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," is an employee at the store.

One of the most delicious parts of Halloween is tying on a cape or some fairy wings, slapping on some makeup and transforming into just about anyone or anything.

According to local experts on the Halloween costume front, this year’s most popular costumes center around the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”

“This is the year of the pirate, most definitely,” Joyce Lovelace, owner of The Costume Shop, said. “We have both Davy Jones and Captain Jack. The lady pirates are also popular, along with the colonial dress that was in the movie.”

Teresa Harris, head of Wal-Mart’s lawn and garden department, agrees.

“The pirate has done really good,” she said. “The set is new, with a hook, sword and eye patch.”

For girls, the princess costume continues to rule.

“We have princesses and glitter witches and Barbie stuff,” Harris said.

Amanda Rader, a retail clerk at Cracker Barrel, agreed.

“We’ve sold a lot of the princess costumes, either a pink dress with glitter or a silver costume for a fairy,” she said.

Nationwide, costumes are being influenced by TV shows and movies. According to about. com, the most popular cartoon-inspired costumes this year are Elmo and the Backyardigans.

Strawberry Short-cake is making a comeback and last year’s SpongeBob Square-pants is popular.

In terms of popular Disney costumes Michelle Kouzmine, about.com’s kids fashion expert, said Narnia’s Sir Peter and characters from the movie “Cars” are new on this year’s Hallo-ween scene.

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