Halloween Pop Costume Index [Infographic]

Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer, created the infographic to show how Halloween costumes have changed over the years.

One of the largest costume store chains in the United States has always been aware of what is going on with the pop culture these days, and creates its most amazing Halloween costumes out of the most memorable pop phenomena of the year.  In recent years, Charlie Sheen won our attention, Lady Gaga’s fashion choices had us buzzing, and the cast of The Jersey Shore fist-pumped onto the scene.

“Spirit Halloween provides consumers with the most relevant and timely costumes based on what’s happening in the world of pop culture,” said Steven Silverstein, President and CEO, Spirit Halloween. “With 30 years in the Halloween business, we know what consumers want and always deliver the best selection of costumes, accessories and home decor to make this year’s celebrations memorable for all.”

Assistant Manager, Stephen Fugge, at one of the Spirit of Halloween stores says that pop-culture icons have been very popular such as Katie Perry and Miley Cyrus. Although the store does not currently carry the costume that Cyrus wore for the MTV awards they will be receiving a shipment of the flesh-colored outfit in the next week or so.

According to Fugge: “Thicke’s ‘Beetlejuice’ style outfit will also be available. The duo is shaping up to be the ultimate ‘couples outfit’ of the 2013 Halloween season. No matter how you feel about Cyrus it will be a good costume. If you like her it’ll be fun to dress up as her and if you don’t like her it makes a great gag costume.”

These unique costumes are now available for pre-sale at SpiritHalloween.com and will hit store shelves in more than 1,000 locations the week of October 7.

To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, the team behind Spirit Halloween decided to make up its own top of what they think are the most popular Halloween costumes in the past 30 years. The first-ever “Pop-Costume Index,” illustrates the intersection between pop culture and popular costumes during the past three decades.

For example, many people came dressed up as one of The Avengers last year, while 2008 was all about The Joker as The Dark Knight movie proved to be a hit.  Well, actually Batman and his sensational counterparts theme dominated at the Halloween parties for several years, and not only in 2008. The success came also in 1989, 1992, and 1997 together with the movies released those years.

Probably the ultimate costume of all times for women is Princess Leia’s famous gold bikini that debuted in 1983 and continues to be a popular costume 30 years later. Even today, nothing says “Bad Guy” like Darth Vader, another sought-after look.

Children’s hit television programs such as the Care Bears (1986), Barney (1993) and SpongeBob SquarePants (2004) not only won the hearts of kids across the country, but also led the way in costume trends for adults.

The infographic also shows how these trends have shaped our lives and might be useful for making sure your costume stands out.

Spirit Halloween (SpiritHalloween.com) is the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the country with over 1,050 locations in strip centers and malls across North America. Celebrating 30 years of business, Spirit is the authority on all things Halloween, offering one-stop shopping for everything from costumes to décor and party goods to accessories.

At the heart of Spirit Halloween is Spirit of Children (SpiritOfChildren.com), a program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. For the 2013 Halloween season, Spirit of Children’s goal is to raise $5 million, bringing its total contribution to more than $16 million since its inception in 2006.

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