Halloween Trending: Most Popular Costumes in 2013

Halloween Trending: Most Popular Costumes in 2013

Wondering what the most popular Halloween costumes are for 2013?  As you know, we take Halloween very seriously in this house!  After all, our street gets over 400 Trick-or-Treaters in three plus hours! Picking the right costume can mean the difference between getting voted “coolest” house and being TP’d.   Choosing the “right” costume is a family event.  This year, much to Adam and my dismay, there has been a bit of dissention in the ranks and Lulu has elected to go it alone.  So we decided to check out what costume choices are trending this fall in hopes that there won’t be too many Steam Punk Pirates or Endermen walking the streets of Highland Park. Top 10 Halloween Costumes Over-All in 2013

Lulu: Zombie Child

Lulu: Zombie Child


    • Drop Dead Gorgeous:  Yes, zombies are all the craze thanks to shows like “The Walking Dead.”  Last year Lulu embraced the trend and wreaked havoc on her neighbors as a zombie child.  (In my opinion, best costume EVER!)

Minecraft:  Somebody stop me before I scream.  Suddenly, our 10 year old is demanding that I dive in dumpsters to recover cardboard boxes, paint them black and assemble them as a Halloween costume.  She decided to be “Enderman” this year and somehow that is a really big deal.  All I know is I just shelled out $30 for a painted black box with purple slots for eyes.  I seriously hope this trend is a “one-Halloween-hit” wonder.



  •  Adventure Time:  Have you heard of Jake, Finn, Fiona, Princess Bubblegum or the Ice King?  Me neither.  But according to the Spirit of Halloween site, they are a hot commodity
  • Super Heroes:  Not a shocker and I expect to see my share of Superman, Batman and Iron Man this Halloween. Don’t forget, you can also secure a super-hero costume for your super canine too!
  • Princesses!  Oh!  Those princesses are EVERYWHERE this year and they’re not just for little girls either.  A sexy Ariel?  King Triton would be horrified!
  • Killers:  Yes, it’s time to get the bejeezus scared out of us by pint-sized killers. Look for Dexter this year with his buddies: Mike Myers, Freddy Kruger and the “Scream” ghost.
  • Angry Birds:  One word: Again??  Okay, can we please move on from 2011’s hottest costume?
  • “Minions! Oh! Universal Studios, you know we still love you!  And we love the cuddly yet mischievous yellow minions too.  There is a lot of variety from which to choose: some with hats, hair, goggles…Be sure to check out the DIY costumes found on www.despicableme.com/group/minion-wear. 
  • Venellope: From Wreck-It-Ralph.  It’s a definite DIY if you have the time, patience and the talent.
  • Celebrities:  I am beginning to wonder how many Miley Cirus look-alikes we are going to have to endure this Halloween?  Worse, I am still trying to figure out what to tell Lulu should she see a Miley clone.  Hannah Montana, she ain’t.



Top 5 Children’s costumes: Overall anything related to movies or animated shows are trending.



          1. Despicable Me 2: Minions…minions…minions
          2. Monster’s University
          3. Super Heroes
          4. Sofia, the 1st.
          5. Doc McStuffin:  Personally, I am really looking forward to seeing this costume.  Too cute!








And now….my FAVORITE list for 2013:  The NEW Costumes

Really?  Who comes up with these things?

Really? Who comes up with these things?


        • Totally 80’s:  I think that I am offended by this
        • Batman Classic 1966 Series Grand Heritage Batwoman:  Just saw a Barbie dress in this garb. If Barbie’s wearing it, it must be popular, right?
        • Skylanders: Deluxe Crusher
        • Morph suits: Okay, I DID see people wearing them last year but I’ve noticed that there are a lot more variations.  American flag morph suits anyone?  Creepy!



So, what’s it going to be?  Are you standing out in the crowd with your fancy-pants costume or are you following the pack?  It looks like we are doing a bit of both. If you are in the Chicago area and in need of one of these costumes, you may want to skip the pop-up Halloween shops and hit Fantasy Costumes.  They seem to have the best (and strangest) variety of costumes this year.  Also, they’re open 24 hours/day the week before Halloween.  There’s nothing like buying a Halloween costume at 3 o’clock in the morning.


Disclaimer:  Not one of these stores, brands, sites or products paid me a red cent (or any other form of currency including helping me with my Halloween costume,)  Not one.  Just thought you should know.

It’s Time To Read A Banned Book!

It’s Time To Read A Banned Book!


There’s something you don’t know about me: I love to read banned books.  You know, those books that you were sure if you mother caught you reading them, you would be punished for the rest of your life?   Once, while sitting in the hallways of my ultra-liberal-but-still parochial-private school (Quaker), I was busted by my English teacher for reading “Emerald Ecstasy,” a fantastic, uber-romantic and sexy “pirate” book. Rather than being upset that I was reading such smut, she simply stated that she was really disappointed that I was “consuming such poorly written prose.”  Like I said, I went to a private school.

Ok, “Emerald Ecstasy” probably would be listed as “banned” for its sexual content if it was a good book, which it is not.  So I doubt that the American Library Association (ALA) would include it in its annual celebration of the freedom to read.  This week,  all over the country, libraries and bookstores are highlighting censorship by displaying books that are challenged and/or banned, and hosting events about the issue.  It’s hard to believe that over 11,300 books have been challenged in libraries and schools since 1982, when the annual celebration began.

In honor of this week and, in my opinion, the inherent right to read whatever one wants to without being censored, here’s just a short list of my favorite titles, their authors and the reasons that they were banned:

  • Bridge to Terribitha, Katherine Peterson

Reasons: Offensive language, use of the word “Lord.”

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

  • Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group–An AMAZING book for teens to read!

  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Reasons: Lewd, twisted, sexually explicit, suicide, euthanasia

  • The Witches, by Roald Dahl

Reasons: Witchcraft

  • To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Reasons: Now here’s a new oneUse of the word “nigger,” offensive to African Americans, profanity, adult themes

  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green.

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

  • Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park

Reasons: Grammer!

  • The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling

Reasons: Witchcraft, Magic

  • The Outsiders, by SE Hinton

Reasons: Violence, language (and simply one of the best books ever written)

After reading the list of titles and the reasons that specific books have been banned, I was left with the same question posed by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America:

Which kills more children: the book or the gun?

Which kills more children: the book or the gun?

Bottom line: Get reading folks!  We have a lot of books to read this week.  In honor of Banned Books Week, Lulu and I are reading “The Giver.”  I’m excited to introduce her to one of my favorite novels from pre-adolescence.

Want more information on banned books and what you can do to prevent books from being banned in your community?  Check out the following sites: