By MIKE CHAIKEN
Halloween is no longer kids’ play. And when adults plan their Halloween party outfits so they can play, there’s no kidding around.
Spirit Halloween (SpiritHalloween.com), which has opened up its pop up stores across the country, recently announced what it views as the 2016 Halloween costume trends.
For adult women heading out, here are some key looks:
Girl Power: “Fierce, fearless females remain popular this year, with super heroines Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Woman… as well as real-life heroes: doctors, police officers and firefighters,” said a press release from Spirit Halloween.
Anti-heroes: “2016 is all about the anti-heroes. And doesn’t it feel so good to be bad,” said the news release. Harley Quinn, recently seen in “The Suicide Squad” is a particularly favorite villain.
Gaming: “Level-up with the phenomenon that took the world by storm this year: Pokémon. Other fan-favorite gamer costumes for 2016 include Fallout, Assassin’s Creed and Five Nights at Freddy’s,” said the release.
Anime: “This Japanese cultural icon has crossed the Pacific. Hone battle skills and dress the part of a Dragon Ball Z warrior, an Attack On Titan cadet or a Naruto ninja in anime-inspired costumes,” reported Spirit Halloween.
Pop Culture: “Go viral with looks from the most talked about topics of the year (such as) FX’s smash hit ‘American Horror Story.’,” said the release.
Savers (Savers.com), which also carries a large inventory of Halloween costumes, said in a press release, their survey showed, “Nearly a third of people (28 percent) want their outfit to make them look scary, but the vanity factor is key for millennials who want their outfits to make them look beautiful, handsome or sexy (40 percent) – not surprising since this is also the crowd that’s likely to be snapping the most selfies and sharing on social media.”
Additionally, the survey from Savers showed, “Most people believe that Pokémon GO will be the most popular group costume inspiration, but millennials are much more inclined to say it’s Suicide Squad. The Avengers have the vote among those aged 25 to 34, and when it comes to Star Wars, the Force is strong with those aged 45 and older.”
Local smaller retailers, such as Tina’s Fine Lingerie in Middletown (TinasFineLingerie.com) also carry an inventory of costumes for Halloween that reflect the season’s top trends.
To show off your costume selections, whether it’s sexy or fierce, Tina’s is hosting its annual Spooktacular Party on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at Camp’s, 412 Main St., Middletown.
At the party, guests also can buy Tina’s 2017 Fine Lingerie and Swimwear calendar. The local models featured in the calendar also will be on hand to sign their pages. A portion of funds from the sales of the calendar go toward breast cancer research.
The Spooktacular admission is a $5 minimum mandatory donation at the door. Costumes are required.
There also will be a costume contest with awards for sexiest, most original, and best couple/ group.
Music at the Spooktacular will be spun by DJ GoldenBoy.
For costumes, which are now on sale, go to Tina’s in Middletown. Costumes and tickets are also available at TinasFineLingerie.com
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