It’s that time again: the annual roundup of this year’s most popular adult Halloween costumes options. Some of these come from statistical data released by the National Retail Federation (NRF), while others come from gut intuition; regardless, if you want a recognizable outfit that won’t have people asking, “So what are you, again?” these are you ideal choices.
Number 5: Pirates/Zombies/Witches/Vampires
Kicking off the top-5 list are the generic costumes: pirates, zombies, witches and vampires. These no-name costumes provide an iconic image that seems to never die. Year after year, these four groups remain favorites with all Halloweeners, often only beaten by temporary trends popular for the year.
Sure, sometimes one of the four groups will see a surge in popularity – The Walking Dead for zombie costumes, Twilight for vampires, or The Pirates of the Caribbean for pirates – but this surge is temporary. Still, even when one of these costumes fades out of mainstream attention, they never seem to go away. People love them. These are the outfits that our children may very well be wearing.
If you’re going as any one of these outfits, you’re all set for a great Halloween evening. Unless someone lives under a rock, they won’t be questioning your outfit.
Number 4: Elvis/Marilyn Monroe
I know, I know – you’re wondering, “What the hell do these two have to do with modern times?” But that’s exactly the point: popularity is cyclical. Things come in and out of style, just look at today’s fashion. People want outfits that remind them of times long since gone past, and few individuals conjure up this sensation quite like Elvis or Marilyn Monroe, two of the hottest pop stars of all time.
From individuals to couples, these two outfits are absolutely entertaining to wear. Each one comes with a personality that the wearer can replicate, which adds an extra layer of fun to the whole ordeal.
Plus, both Elvis and Monroe had – how do I put this – scandalous lifestyles that made mainstream headlines. Using these scandalous headlines, such as Elvis not being dead and Monroe messing around with a president, can add even more costume possibilities. Have fun with it.
Number 3: Nicki Manaj/Katy Perry/Psy
Did you hear that Psy recently held a free concert in South Korea? It attracted something like 50,000 people. The guy’s so hot right now that I’m surprised he’s not on fire.
You know who’s also hot, right now? Katy Perry and Nicki Manaj. These two pop divas are destroying the top-10 charts, much to this writer’s disappointment. Regardless, if women are looking for someone to emulate, these two are perfect. They have wacky fashion tastes, insane personalities, and a recognizable image that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Also, both of them appear to be somewhat crazy, which is great fun for those Halloweeners that enjoy being in character of their costume.
Number 2: Bane/Batman/Catwoman
I don’t have to tell you why these costumes are on this top-5 list, do I? Movie just came out. Christian Bale. The other actor with the face mask and the explosive nuclear device and the skin-tight outfit on Catwoman. Blah blah blah – Batman.
Going as any one of these characters is a surefire way to skyrocket into mainstream popularity. People know Batman. People love Batman. The same goes for Bane and Catwoman.
Hell, you could go as a generic police office and just say you’re from the movie, and people will still love your outfit. Batman = Halloween costume gold.
Number 1: Michael Myers
What, did you think I’d let the whole list go without a single iconic horror character? Please, this is FrightCatalog, not some mainstream pop blog. Since Halloween is returning to theaters for this October, we’re expecting a massive surge in Michael Myers popularity. Those poor souls who have never experienced his horror now have a chance to see it on the silver screen.
So that’s it, Frighters, the top-5 list of costumes that we expect to be burning up and down the streets this Halloween. I expect plenty of angry email telling me that I’m wrong. But that’s fine. Because I’m not.