Preparing for Halloween are (from left) Colleen Dwyer-Gray, Christine Anderson and Kerrie Edwards at the Toowoomba Fancy Dress Shop.
Preparing for Halloween are (from left) Colleen Dwyer-Gray, Christine Anderson and Kerrie Edwards at the Toowoomba Fancy Dress Shop. Kevin Farmer

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YOUNG and old, the appeal of Halloween is reaching all, according to Kerrie Edwards from Toowoomba Fancy Dress Shop.

Ms Edwards, who owns the costume retailer on Ruthven St with her sister Lesley Ansley, said the annual event was steadily growing in popularity.

"A lot of people have been coming into the shop, getting ideas and getting into the spirit of Halloween," Ms Edwards said.

"Traditionally Aussies don't celebrate Halloween, but it is the younger generations who are getting into it.

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"Young people and families are more into it than the 60-year-olds.

"They come in and say 'what's all this for'."

She said most of her customers hosted house parties for the celebrations, rather than heading out for functions.

Ms Edwards said some Halloween participants were taking their cues from the popular American television show about zombies, The Walking Dead.

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"Zombies are popular this year," she said.

"People are stocking up on special-effects make-up."