With Halloween parties starting next weekend, there’s been a lot of coverage recently from retailers, search engines and reporters on the most popular Halloween costumes for 2012. It seems like everyone wants to weigh in on what you should be for Halloween. I’ve been asked a few times what trends I’m seeing. It’s still a little early for me to draw conclusions based on the numbers here at Funtober since this is my first year of sales. There have been a few clear winners, but they probably aren’t indicative of what people are wearing overall. So let’s take a look at more scientifically developed information to determine what you are likely to see a lot of at Halloween.
The National Retail Federation surveys individuals in September of every year asking them what Halloween costume they will wear. They then compile the information to determine the top 10 Halloween costumes for the year for adults, kids and pets. They put together this awesome infographic of the 2012 results:
So there have been a number of recent ideas that the NRF survey doesn’t encompass. The top Halloween costumes generally relate to movie or television characters, the Presidential election, celebrities or popular 2012 memes. So Psy’s Gangnam Style and unemployed Big Bird from the first Presidential debate gained steam after people were polled by the NRF, for example. But these late breaking Halloween costume ideas have been more than adequately covered in the links below. If you are still looking for a good Halloween costume idea, perusing these links could spark an idea for you. Or, if you want to wear something unique, you’ll know the best Halloween costumes to avoid.
2012 Halloween Costumes – Good Morning America
Top Halloween Costumes Include Monster High, Avengers – Evening Sun
15 Best Halloween Costume Ideas for 2012 – International Business Times
Yahoo!’s 2012 Halloween Search Trends – Fosters.com
How to Dress as 2012s Popular Memes – Washington Post
Election-Style Costumes for Halloween 2012 – ABC News
Top 5 Do It Yourself Celebrity Halloween Costumes – Us Weekly