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MASTERS OF DISGUISE ADULTS, KIDS SEEK JUST THE RIGHT LOOK.



Byline: Amy Raisin Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country,  - Halloween is still bringing out the witches, the fairies and the leisure-suit losers who try to charm the ladies with a sideways grin.

Now, however, the witches are ``glam'' or ``goth,'' the fairies are ``pixies'' and the leisure-suit clowns are known as ``pimp daddies.''

The more things change ...

Last-minute costume seekers of all ages scanned the racks Tuesday at A Chorus Line, counting on the costume shop to supply the get-up sure to impress - or repulse - fellow partygoers Thursday night.

Tim Sachs, 17, found everything he would need to channel the '60s rock legend Jimi Hendrix Noun 1. Jimi Hendrix - United States guitarist whose innovative style with electric guitars influenced the development of rock music (1942-1970)
Hendrix, James Marshall Hendrix
, from the Afro wig and dashiki da·shi·ki   also dai·shi·ki
n. pl. da·shi·kis
A loose, brightly colored African garment.



[Yoruba
 shirt to an inflatable guitar.

``I've been listening to Jimi since I was a little kid; my parents liked that kind of music,'' said Sachs, a senior at Hart High. ``It's still fun, just being able to screw around with your friends and see how stupid you can look.''

While some go for stupid, others are after the sexy, sweet or downright scary.

Reena Newhall, manager of A Chorus Line, said she has noticed a wave of requests for cheerleaders Notable cheerleaders
  • Paula Abdul, Los Angeles Lakers, Van Nuys High School
  • Christina Aguilera, North Allegheny Intermediate High School[]
  • Kirstie Alley
  • Ann-Margret
  • Toni Basil
  • Kim Basinger
  • Halle Berry
  • Sandra Bullock[0]
, rock stars and superheroes Superheroes are fictional heroes who possess abilities beyond those of normal human beings.

Superheroes may also refer to:
  • Superheroes (band), a Danish pop/rock band
  • Superheroes (album), by American heavy metal band Racer X
  • Superheroes
, Spider-Man the most popular among them.

Store employees said the webbed superhero su·per·he·ro  
n. pl. su·per·he·roes
A figure, especially in a comic strip or cartoon, endowed with superhuman powers and usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime.
 is so popular this year that they reordered the red and blue suit seven times. And that includes adult costumes, as well.

``We're across-the-board with our customers,'' Newhall said. ``We get 3-month-old babies to the more discriminating customers, the ones who want the best goth cape, the highest-quality items. We've been in business for 25 years, so we see the kids bringing their own kids.''

Twists on the witch costume, a Halloween staple, are so popular that A Chorus Line offers a ``make-a-witch'' section, where trick-or-treaters can select leotards, capes and hats for a varied look.

A black velvet body suit covered with a red glitter pattern was ordered as dance wear, but proved popular with ladies in the market for a sexy witch costume.

While the grown-ups can find a gorilla or Batman suit in their size, the kids still rule the ghoulish ghoul  
n.
1. One who delights in the revolting, morbid, or loathsome.

2. A grave robber.

3. An evil spirit or demon in Muslim folklore believed to plunder graves and feed on corpses.
 holiday.

Nine-year-old Eugene Catanzaro needed one more item to complete his costume because, really, what's a Grim Reaper without a sickle?

``I saw the Grim Reaper on a cartoon show. I thought it would make a good costume,'' the third-grader said.

His 13-year-old sister, Carole, shopping for a pixie costume, admitted she'll be trick-or-treating well into adulthood.

``I've always been a fairy-tale person. I love Halloween,'' she said. ``I probably will never grow out of it.''

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2 photos

Photo:

(1 -- color) Eva Gibson, 6 months, tries on a Raggedy Ann Raggedy Ann

good-natured despite misadventures; doll with perpetual smile. [Children’s Lit.: Raggedy Ann Stories]

See : Cheerfulness
 look while her grandmother, Sharon Lightner, of Newhall, looks on approvingly at A Chorus Line in Saugus.

(2 -- color) Tim Sachs, 17, of Saugus, puts the finishing touches finishing touches finish npl the finishing touches → der letzte Schliff

finishing touches nplultimi ritocchi mpl 
 on his Jimi Hendrix costume at A Chorus Line.

David R. Crane/Staff Photographer
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