Does anyone wear scary Halloween costumes anymore?
According to an Oct 10 Google trends report of top costume searches, Americans are more likely to dress up as the Minions from Despicable Me (number 1), a fox from the viral video ‘What does the Fox Say?’ (3) or the cast from Duck Dynasty (4) than traditional spooky characters like Dracula, Frankenstein or the Mummy.
Miley Cyrus (5) and the cast of Breaking Bad (2) are popular too, so it may depend how you define ‘scary.’
Cyrus is not the only pop singer on top of costume trends. Yahoo ranks Nicki Minaj in its hot pop culture costume searches. That list includes less-than-frightening options like Star Wars characters (2), Hello Kitty (7) and characters from the “Hunger Games (6).”
Slideshow: Top Halloween costume search terms
The National Retail Federation’s Oct. report lists what costumes people are actually buying, and that doesn’t bode well for frightening outfits. In the top ten costumes for kids, ghoulish options are few; with the witch (6) and zombie (7) buried beneath the princess (1), pumpkin (2) and Batman (3).
Pets apparently have the spookiest temperaments of the bunch. The federation’s list of the most popular pet costumes includes devils, ghosts, vampires and witches. Devil costumes rank number 3, tied with a cat costume, so pets may be both scary and confused about their identity.
That said, witches are the stand-out costume on almost every list. The NRF said 5 million adults plan to dress as a witch this year. So, if you are thinking more the “Wizard of Oz” more than “Charmed” or “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” there may still be hope for spooky yet.
Top Google Costume Searches
1. The minions from Despicable Me
2. Characters from Breaking Bad
3. A fox from What does the fox say.
4. The cast of Duck Dynasty
5. Miley Cyrus.
6. Characters from the Mine craft video game.
7. Daenerys Targaryen, from Game of Thrones.
9. Flapper dresses
10. DAFT PUNK helmets.