Halloween Costume Trends
The data on this one comes from the National Retail Federation charting the most popular adult and children costumes over the past nine years. I noticed a few trends while building. Firstly, zombies gaining in popularity. Iâ€™ve read that zombies do well in poor economies, but the costumes could be more symptomatic of our entertainment trends. Though even children gain a little undeadness in 2011.
Also note 2006â€™s reversals in the top 20 only for that year, no idea what thatâ€™s linked to. Many of the top positions are occupied by feminine costumesâ€”witches, princesses, cats, nurses, fairies, and vixensâ€”in particular the first rankings for both adults and children across all the recorded years.
The kids have a larger spread of superheroes than adults, gaining in the comic books later while dropping Hannah Montana and Dora the Explorer. I did notice quite a few supers in my own neighborhood last week. I answered the door as Spiderman, noticing thatâ€™s a high trend with children and a slight blip with the adults. Guessing Iâ€™m still a bit of a kid.