It’s that time again. The ghouls and goblins are hiding in darkened corners, the vampires are set to create mayhem, and the zombies are wandering the streets filled with unrestrained cannibalistic urges. Fortunately, Halloween is all about make believe, with ersatz demons, monsters and the undead apparently posing very little threat to the general public. Each year, there seems to be a whole crop of new Halloween outfits, ranging from the amusing to the revolting, and this year is shaping up to be no different. We are set to spend no less than $2.3 billion on Halloween costumes this season, so which ones are going to be the big winners?
If you are looking for something truly frightening, then look no further than Miley Cyrus’ twerking antics at the VMAs. According to Google Shopping, Ms. Cyrus is among the 10 top trending searches for Halloween outfits. Apparently, foam fingers, well-ventilated bodysuits and R-rated gyrations are going to be all the rage, much to the dismay of the general populace. Let’s hope that sites such as My Retail Media don’t start reporting that this is becoming a major retail trend.
It seems that Minions are also a hot Halloween property. The diminutive henchman with the yellow bodies and blue overalls are also in the top 10, and are popular with both children and adults alike. If you go down this route, at least you won’t have to make any conversation – being unintelligible is all part of the disguise. It’s also pretty handy if you happen to have a few nips too many at the bar. Of course, the big decision is whether you see yourself as Felonious Gru or Dr. Nefario.
The Caped Crusader is a perennial favorite at Halloween, and this year is no exception. In fact, searches for Batman are up no less than 36% in 2013, although there are no stats available on Robin or Catwoman. If you do decide to go as one of Gotham City’s superheroes, just keep in mind that it can get hot under that rubber mask – the Joker, Siren or Minerva might be a cooler choice in more ways than one.
If you are looking for something really stylish, then it seems that you are not alone. Searches for a Great Gatsby dress are also on the rise, presumably fueled by the 2013 release of the film of the same name. The jury is out on whether or not this was better than the 1974 Robert Redford version – although the style of the two films was so different that it’s difficult to compare – but apparently there is no debate when it comes to flapper dresses. They’re as hot as it comes.
Finally, if you are a fan of Duck Dynasty – and who isn’t – then you have the perfect opportunity to pay tribute this Halloween. Dressing up like the Robertson family is a popular choice among the 11.8 million viewers of the show. It seems that interest in Duck Dynasty costumes is highest in Texas – which makes you wonder what the connection is with Louisiana.