We’re entering the season during which strangers will appear at our doors expecting handouts. And, oh yeah – it’s Halloween, too — and not just the start of the 2016 election cycle. So you’ll have to deal with little kids trick-or-treating, as well as those money-hungry politicians. At least this year’s costume trends might compact the two together, though.
Halloween costumes of political figures made the Top 10 in best-selling themes in 2015. According to the National Retail Federation, “774,000 adults chose a political character as their preferred costume this year.” That’s actual costumes purchased, too, not just do-it-yourself makeup.
This product market is limited in variation, though. You won’t find an actual, manufactured costume or mask for many of the presidential candidates, for example. That’s because so many of them not only act and speak exactly the same, but they pretty much look the same, too. Shoot, get a bold red tie, spray some gray paint in your hair, shout out “Benghazi!” – and you could pass yourself off as most of the Republican presidential candidates.
Just like a few are standing out in the polls, however, some stand out in physical attributes, too. And some – both new and old – are at least popular enough to generate their very own costumes available from retailers. Like these that If You Only News found available online, for example:
Of course, the Obamas have been a popular costume item.
There are some “scary” takes on the president for your Republican friends.
Anyone wanting to pose as Hillary Clinton this year has a couple of choices: a full mask or a costume depiction of a popular photo of the former Secretary of State.
The anti-Hillary peeps have a “Hellery” option, too.
His campaign is just about washed up, but Chris Christie’s still on the mask market.
Proving his aspirations for high office crashed in the last presidential election, Mitt Romney’s now reduced to grouping with Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
You’d think the hair and glasses would be easy to mass produce, but the only Halloween product with a Bernie Sanders theme is this t-shirt. At least it’ll make those right-wingers easy to spot when they come to your door.
And even though her political career is over, Sarah Palin still has a presence when it comes to costumes, such as these two masks.
Trump-themed gear holds the lead in this year’s costume market, though, and by far. According to Google Trends, consumers searched for Trump costumes more than any other Halloween garb.
Many costume shops and websites are featuring The Donald in the format of The Hair, of course, along with a few “Make America Great” hats (which, unlike those distributed by Trump, may have actually been made in America). There are “sexy” variations specifically for women, and even one for little tykes!
If you’d still prefer to pass yourself off as any of the other presidential candidates, just remember: red tie and gray hair. And if it’s a Republican candidate you hope to portray, some cash sticking out of your pocket and a few Bibles to pass around wouldn’t hurt, either.
Featured image by Johnny Martin via Wikimedia (modified)