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Wonder Woman: This 1970s-era icon is of-the-moment since title-role actress Lynda Carter is currently touring in support of her new album.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Halloween costumes reveal a lot about our personalities. French maids and sexy nurses might nod to sexual repression, fairies and princesses point to lost innocence, and animals tap into primal instincts. Or maybe it’s all just good fun—no Freud required.

Sarah Lambert, an employee at The Costume Shoppe (243 Haywood St., Asheville, 252-8404) notes that this season’s most popular outfits include Marie Antoinette, pirates and wenches, and a resurgence of Moulin Rouge-inspired getups. Here are some Xpress favorites, modeled by Aiyanna Sezack-Blatt.


• [left] Pirate: Thanks to Capt. Jack Sparrow, everyone wants to pillage, maraud and sing sea shanties.

• [right] Flapper: Pay homage to jazz-era icon Zelda Fitzgerald, who once called Asheville home.


Try this on

You know that old winter coat shoved in the back of your closet that makes you look like a junior-high schooler waiting for the school bus? Here’s the perfect opportunity to unload it. Through Friday, Oct. 26, Union (8 Haywood St., Asheville, 259-3300) hosts an outerwear drive in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters and other Western North Carolina charities. Donate your secondhand, good-condition coat to the downtown Asheville boutique and receive a 20 percent discount on any new winter coat in Union’s inventory. That means you can pass along your hooded, toggle-button monstrosity to someone who really needs it and score a brand new grown-up coat for yourself. Perfect.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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