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article imageOp-Ed: 2013 Halloween costume trends

By Alyssa Sellors     Sep 17, 2013 in Entertainment
Most of us have fond Halloween memories of dressing up as our favorite super hero or cartoon character, dragging a pillow case down neighborhood sidewalks, collecting candy and snickering about the weird neighbor who gives out toothbrushes.
After a year full of shocking television series, box-office-busting movies, and celebrities gone crazy, the top trending Halloween costumes for 2013 are going to be hard to beat.
According to a recent consumer survey, American shoppers will spend, on average, $73 on Halloween costumes and candy, and nearly one-fifth of those consumers have already shopped for Halloween, with Halloween still over one month away. Halloween is definitely not just for the kids anymore, and the looming question of "what are you going to be for Halloween," is fast approaching.
When it comes to the search for the perfect costume, some 70 percent of Americans look to social media for costume ideas, according to Savers' Annual Halloween Shopping Survey. While recent results of trending costume searches show some of the original standbys, such as superheroes or Disney characters are still among some of the top trending costumes for 2013, there are also quite a few ridiculous and shocking choices in the running for this year as well.
2013 has definitely been a year of shocking and addictive television shows, so it is no surprise that among some of the top choices this year are popular characters from sitcoms with a cult following. Some of most popular television inspired costumes include the bearded personalities of “Duck Dynasty,” the dynamically dark character Walter White from “Breaking Bad,” and the martini-toting Lucille Bluth from “Arrested Development.” Of course, we also saw our fair share of television busts too, such as the made for TV movie Sharknado, which will no doubt inspire some interesting costume ensembles. As always, there is no shortage of box office inspired costumes either. Popular movies such as The Great Gatsby, Catching Fire, and Iron Man III are sure to inspire costumes from Jazz aged flapper girls to brazen heroines and larger than life superheroes.
Musicians, celebrities, and politicians are go-to choices for many us, think Lady Gaga with her meat dress last year or the Octomom a few years back, and though we had a few celebrities go, well, nuts, this year, these incidents only make for more costume parody options. Miley Cyrus' train wreck performance at the MTV awards, Amanda Bynes matted wig appearances walking into the courtroom, or Mitt Romney with his binder full of women, from Hollywood to D.C., we have some very creative choices this year when it comes to finding the perfect Halloween costume.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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