Which Halloween mask is scarier: Trump or Clinton?Posted by Donna Freedman on Oct 24, 2016 | 22 comments
It was 8 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, and I got my usual chuckle thinking of Halloween in Anchorage. We generally see a parade of Disney princess, zombie and superhero costumes obscured by winter garb.
Nothing like the sight of an Ariel or Rapunzel wearing a down coat and moon boots.
Last year, long before “Suicide Squad” hit the theaters, one of my great-nephews dressed as Harley Quinn. His makeup was great, his hair was stiffened in pigtails – and his homemade costume, thankfully, had long underwear as its base. It was plenty cold last Oct. 31, too.
Apparently we might see some election-themed trick-or-treaters this year. An e-mail from the Savers group of thrift stores noted that the presidential election has affected costume sales. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump accessories are flying off the shelves.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
“Our annual Halloween survey shows that 70 percent think Donald Trump will be the most popular political costume this year, followed by Hillary (19 percent), Melania (6 percent) and Bill (5 percent). Also, 52 percent of Americans say Republican candidates would have better costumes than the Democratic candidates.
“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton costumes are selling at twice the rate compared to other Halloween merchandise. There has also been a noticeable uptick in both men’s and women’s professional clothing from the secondhand section (e.g. pantsuits and blazers).”
Specifically, the Savers stores (which also includes Value Village) have already sold more than three-quarters of the Trump and Clinton masks they ordered. Bill Clinton paper visages are moving briskly, too.
Although I’ve avoided doing any political posts this election, I will say Donald Trump gets my vote for Most Terrifying Costume. That’s because he scares the hell out of me in real life.
But the entire political process has me twitchy, frankly. The idea of li’l election 2016 reminders ringing the doorbell on Halloween makes me want to not be home.
But DF has bought four boxes of candy from Costco, so we’ll leave the porch light on. We’re one of the good houses because we hand out full-sized rather than fun-sized bars. If we weren’t at home to receive the neighborhood ghoulies we’d wind up eating a lot more candy than we should.
So we’ll have the bowls of bars at the ready, starting around 4 p.m. (The cul-de-sac has a bunch of little kids whom we’ll probably see earlier rather than after dark.) I’ll pretend to be terrified by elementary-aged zombies and toddler devils. Won’t have to fake a visceral reaction at the sight of junior Donald, though.
At least business suits and pantsuits are warmer than superhero tights and princess crinolines. They hide the presence of long underwear, too.
Readers: This Halloween are you dressing up? Giving away candy? Going out drinking?