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.

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  •  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.

www.costumeexpress.com

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          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.

A Dream Comes True at Fantasy Costumes

A Dream Comes True at Fantasy Costumes

 

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Keats Haunted Home_2010

I like to celebrate the “secular” side of Christmas and the Winter Solstice.  Adam is a lifelong celebrant of Hanukkah.  Yet despite Adam and my differences, when it comes to Halloween, we agree: It’s our favorite holiday!

Going all out for Halloween is nothing new for our family.  Anyone who has seen my office knows that I am “obsessed” with Mexican sugar skulls from the Mexican celebration of  Dia de Muertes.  So, between the inflatable cat, hearse, witch and the spiders crawling up our house, our house is usually pretty decked out. Enter the costume question: Do we dress up as a family or go our separate ways?  In the past Lulu, Adam and I have coordinated our outfits.  One year we were pirates and another we dressed as Neptune, Athena and Medusa.  Can you guess who was who?  (Hint:  I was not the lucky gal to wear a snake headdress.)

Two Pirates & A Ghoul!

Two Pirates & A Ghoul!

Guess who got to be Medusa?

Guess who got to be Medusa?

But this year things are a little different.  Lulu has decided to embrace her inner geek and decided to be “Enderman” from the video game, Minecraft.

Steve & Enderman

Steve & Enderman

One of her besties is going as “Steve” from the same game.  Adam and I have decided to blend our pirate costumes with something a little edgier (and in my opinion, sexier):  We are going as Steam Punk Pirates complete with top hats, feathers, awesome chunky jewelry and, of course, driving glasses!

Top hat + Glasses + Suit = Steampunk

Top hat + Glasses + Suit = Steampunk

Here she is in all of her steampunk glory!

Here she is in all of her steampunk glory!

 

 

 

So where can one go to find a video game costume, a pirate and a steam punk get up? 

 

 

 

 

 

When in doubt, we have always turned to Fantasy Costumes, the largest square-footage and costume selection store in the Midwest. Owned by George Garcia since 1965, the 4065 N. Milwaukee main stay has been costuming Chicago natives (and some visitors) for Halloween and Masquerade parties for almost 50 years!  In fact, my parents even shop there in preparation for their Mardi Gras parties. (Yes, they fly in from Maryland just to check out the awesome (and unique) costume options.)

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That's my mom with her Medusa wig from Fantasy Costumes.

That’s my mom with her Medusa wig from Fantasy Costumes.

Mr. Garcia has seen it all and consistently stocks his shelves with over 20,000 wigs, 30,000 children’s costumes, and 15,000 adult costumes. Last year, Adam and I took a “field trip” to Fantasy Costumes and bought, among other things, a yellow Angry Bird “head.” And yes, if you happened to been driving down the Edens Expressway and spotted the yellow Angry Bird sitting shotgun in a yellow convertible Porsche Boxster around noon, that was me.  (I wish that I had a camera to catch the hilarious facial expressions of the people who spotted me.)

Amid a sea of pop-up Halloween shops, Fantasy Costumes has been the go-to for everything from classic pirate looks and superhero getups, to the necessary accessories to deck your kids out as the year’s hottest costumes. If you haven’t visited this super store of gore and greatness, it’s worth the field trip!

 

And….if you happen to mention A Windy City Momma when you visit Fantasy Costumes, Mr. Garcia and his crew will give you a coupon for 20% off of that day’s purchase.