DesignTaxi featured a list of the most popular Halloween
costumes of the last 30 years as measured by Spirit Halloween. Written by Thia Shi Min
and entitled, “Chart: The ‘Most Popular’ Halloween Costumes for the Last 30
Years,” the article does a nice job of tracking the trends.
I analyzed the list and found that nine
originated as movies, eight as television shows and eight as comic books. The rest derived from music (Lady Gaga and Miley
Cyrus); politics (President Obama) as well as books, wrestling and greeting
cards. The small and big screens obviously rule and are what make the comic book based characters so hot.
It's interesting to see how many
of the characters and brands have either stayed around or been reinvented. The most dominating media franchise was
Batman with four characters appearing (Batman, the Joker, Cat Woman and
Robin). StarWars and Spiderman each had two top placements while Star Trek, surprisingly, only had one.
So, what is the common denominator in becoming the top Halloween character? I think, in most cases, it derives from
the character having a stand out and therefore quickly identifiable physical feature. Jus think of Princess Leia’s honey buns, Elvira’s cleavage or Freddy Krueger’s blade like
fingernails and you see what I mean.
Here they are with original medium in
1983 Princess Leia (Movie)
Hogan (really?? Hulk Hogan, really??) (Wrestling)
Bears (Greeting Cards)
Woman (Comic Books)
& Robin (Comic Books)
Night Live Cheerleaders (Television)
of the Caribbean (Movies)
Bob Square Pants (Television)
Joker (Comic Books)
Shore (really?? The Jersey Shore,
Avengers (Comic Books)
Teddy (projected) (Music)