Movies influence costume trends

Savannah Smith

The scariest part about Halloween is not the ghouls and goblins. The real fear is finding the perfect costume in time.

Costumes are often influenced by movies or TV shows that were recently released. According to Halloween Express employee Schuyler Hartje, the most popular Halloween costumes are influenced by movies that were recently released like “Descendants 2” and “It.”

“Costumes are usually geared toward movies,” said Hartje. “The most popular costumes for girls between the ages of six and 12 are Descendants costumes.”

“Descendants” costumes are selling for more than $100 on Amazon for full costumes including the outfit, wig and jewelry. The same costume is selling for $69 for just the outfit at Party City.

Clown costumes are the most popular costumes among boys, Hartje said.

Freshman Dante Yahnig is one person who is thinking of going as It, the main character from the recent Stephen King-inspired movie.

“I’m thinking about going as It because I can just imagine all these pranks I can pull on some of my friends and, also the movie was really good,” Yahnig said.

Junior Rachel Shackleford is also sticking to the movies. Instead of going with a new release however, Shackleford and two of her friends are going as the three witches from “Hocus Pocus.”

“I’m going to be the witch from Hocus Pocus because my friend wanted me to do it,” Shackleford said. “It’s our favorite Halloween movie.”

Some costumes that were popular last year are not doing as well now because the movies are no longer as popular.

“Halo” and “Star Wars” costumes aren’t being purchased as much as they were last year, when “Halo” had just released a new game and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had more recently come out.

“Star Wars costumes are steady but it isn’t as great as it was last year,” Hartje said.