Give candy to superheroes, digital constructs, and distressed avians this Halloween.
As far as this writer is concerned, Halloween is the best holiday of the year. It lacks the massive crowds of Labor Day, the travel mishaps of Thanksgiving, and the crass commercialism of Christmas. Halloween, at its core, is about two things and two things only: costumes and candy. If you're hoping to unleash your inner nerd for All Hallows' Eve, you're not alone. This year, cowboys, Indians, cops, and robbers will take a backseat to superheroes, robots, literary characters, and even a certain subset of limbless birds.
According to price aggregator SortPrice, the most popular costumes for adults include jumpsuits from Tron: Legacy, the cast of Angry Birds, Duffman from The Simpsons, and the ever-elusive Waldo of Where's Waldo? fame. Children, meanwhile, have been eager to get their hands on Harry Potter, Wolverine, and Bumblebee from Transformers. Unsurprisingly, Captain America and Green Lantern are top-sellers for both age demographics, but readers may be pleased to know that these costumes are selling well with both genders as well.
Those of you hoping for a nerd revolution may have to wait until next year. "Sexy" variations on bees and pirates still rank in the adult costumes, along with simulacra of the Jersey Shore's wardrobes. Children still flock to princesses, Elmo, and the Smurfs. However, the upsurge of pop culture costumes, along with a growing demand for more "traditional" getups "has put at least a small dent in the popularity of 'sexy' themed costumes that have dominated SortPrice's list in years past," writes the website's staff.
Arguably, the preferred costumes this year have more to do with recent movies than some kind of geeky cultural awakening. Even so, a large chunk of the Western world will be embracing its inner nerd come Halloween; will you?