CHICAGO — Twerk or treat.
Expect to see a lot of Robin Thickes and Miley Cyruses in Chicago come Halloween.
The pop stars will be a trendy costume after their infamous VMA performance in August, said Chicago Costume manager Courtland Hickey.
And that's why black-and-white-striped "Beetlejuice" suits — from the 1988 movie starring Michael Keaton — are selling quickly at the store, with locations at 1120 W. Fullerton Ave. in Lincoln Park and 4727 W. Montrose Ave. in Mayfair.
"It's DIY," Courtland said. Thicke's "outfit is a 'Beetlejuice' costume that we’ve carried for years. Miley's is a T-shirt that has her printed teddy bear on it and a giant foam finger."
Memorable TV moments and shows make good costume fodder, said Ray Roman, assistant manager at Fantasy Costumes, 4065 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Portage Park.
"We’re getting a lot of calls for 'Breaking Bad,'" Roman said. "What comes out throughout the year, the hit movies that come out, those are usually the most popular" costumes.
The shop sells bald caps, facial hair and porkpie hats to imitate teacher-turned-druglord Walter White in AMC's "Breaking Bad" — khakis not included. Chicago Costume has been selling yellow hazmat suits, White's signature meth-cooking gear.
Courtland has seen a lot of interest in characters from HBO's medieval drama "Game of Thrones." Roman has gotten requests for yellow minions from "Despicable Me" and 1920s-era party garb after the release of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby."
"Gatsby’s been pretty big because of the movie," agreed Jasmine Harris, manager of Ragstock at 812 W. Belmont Ave. in Lakeview. She added: "Anything 'Duck Dynasty,' camo and beards."
"Duck Dynasty" is an A&E reality show about a group of back-country duck hunters with a very profitable business and very impressive beards.
"We have several different beards to choose from," Roman said.
Shop owners urged costume-seekers to shop early and be decisive and creative.
"We’re all about create-your-own," Harris said. "That’s great for a lot of different looks for movies and music and celebrities. People shouldn’t limit themselves to a packaged costume."