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Adults get into spooky spirit

Percussionist Sam Irmen and members of his band, the Jack Tripper Trio, have a trick up their sleeves this Halloween.”All I’ll say is that we will be in full band costume,” said Irmen, who had his hair tightly permed for the band’s performance at River’s Restaurant’s Halloween costume party in Glenwood Springs. “We describe ourselves as acoustic rock mayhem, and our costumes will follow that lead.” Irmen will join guitarist Kirk Radomski and drummer Dane Wilson, both also of SoulFeel, bassist Chris Kalous and “possibly more” musicians for the Halloween celebration at 9 p.m. Saturday. Although Irmen said he’s not sure what other valley locals are dressing as this Halloween, he hopes to see a few Hollywood look-a-likes in Saturday night’s crowd.”I’m always into people who dress up like movie stars and really get into character,” Irmen said. “And you can’t go wrong with a good monkey suit.”As a kid at Halloween, Irmen said he would dress as the traditional hobo or clown. In his adult years, his costumes choices have leaned more toward TV and movies.”I dressed up as Chris Farley a couple of years ago and got a lot of laughs,” said Irmen, who works at the 19th Street Diner.According to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, more than 53 percent of consumers will purchase a Halloween costume, spending an average of nearly $32.”Consumers are pulling out all of the stops when it comes to decorating their homes and yards and wearing elaborate costumes,” said NRF president Tracy Mullin, in a press statement. “An estimated $3.3 billion will be spent on the holiday, making Halloween the sixth-largest spending holiday of the year.”The survey also reported nearly one-third of adults plan to dress in Halloween costumes. Popular choices include witches (3.9 million), vampires (1.45 million) and actors/famous people (784,625).”Though many adult costumes will stick close to tradition, others will focus on pop culture and top news stories,” said Phil Rist, of BIGresearch, which conducted the survey. “For many adults, creating the perfect costume is a competitive sport.”For Irmen and his bandmates, making a killer Halloween costume is like writing a song – the more entertaining, the better.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

Movies: The Dukes of Hazzard, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Incredible Hulk, Napoleon Dynamite, Legend of Zorro, Batman Returns, Corpse Bride 80s cartoons: Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, He-Man, She-Ra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Smurfsn Celebrities: Paris Hilton, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson Celebrity couples: Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes, Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears/Kevin Federline, Lance Armstrong/Sheryl Crow


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