This Halloween will be an epic one for pop culture fanatics, according to the National Retail Federation in the U.S., which predicts you’ll see plenty of little yellow Minions, pint-size princesses and young Yodas.
NRF’s 2015 Halloween Consumer Survey placed Minions and “Star Wars” characters on the lists of top costumes for adults, children and pets.
“As we’ve seen for several years, Hollywood and pop culture both have a tremendous impact on how adults and their children decide to dress the part each Halloween, and it’s evident some of the biggest newsmakers of the year will be out in full force this fall,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.
Roughly 775,000 adults in the U.S. also plan to dress up as a political character this year.
Other experts say to also expect a lot of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael this Halloween.
Some of the most popular costumes are expected to be based on the reptilian superheroes after the 2014 release of the film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” according to Steven Silverstein, CEO of Spirit Halloween, a chain of more than 1,150 pop-up stores devoted to costumes and decor for the holiday. Children love the Turtles, and so do adults who watched them on TV and in movies when they were kids, he says.
Girls are expected to choose costumes based on the Disney TV movie, “The Descendants,” the story of the children of Disney characters such as Cruella De Vil and Cinderella.
Adult costumes and accessories based on TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Orange Is the New Black” are expected to sell well. Costumes based on superheroes like the Avengers or Batman should also be brisk sellers, Silverstein says.
And as usual, corsets and skimpy outfits for women are likely to attract a lot of partygoers. Risque costumes are big Halloween sellers.
For those with gorier tastes, Halloween fare also includes bloodied zombies and ghouls and characters from slasher movie classics like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th.”
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With files from Global News
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