Worth Knowing: What's popular in the Upper Valley this year in the Halloween costume department
Do you have a Halloween party on your calendar? For you OR your kids? Worth Knowing thought it would be interesting to find out what residents of the Upper Valley are buying this year in the way of Halloween costumes. What follows is information that our expert - Amanda from West Lebanon's Costumania - provided to Worth Knowing:
Overall Favorite Costumes 2018: Fortnite and Jurassic World costumes
Fortnite sidebar: Don't know what Fortnite is? I didn't either so I looked it up. Fortnite is an apocalyptic video game that has been met with countless fans and plenty of controversy since its release in 2017. The game pits players against 99 others in a frantic fight for survival on an island where the last gamer standing is the winner. Fortnite features bright, cartoon-like graphics that seem to prevent it from descending into bloody violence. The cartoon-like graphics have not dissuaded parents and politicians from voicing concerns over the effects of Fortnite's pastel-colored violence on young children. There are currently two versions of the game: Fortnite: Save the World (previously known as just Fortnite, which you have to pay for), and the free Fortnite: Battle Royale – the most popular one that more than 40 million people have downloaded. While Battle Royale is free to download and play, it does contain in-game purchase opportunities for things like outfits, weapons and other helpful items. The aim of Fornite is to stay alive, playing as an individual or as part of a team with people across the globe to ward off hordes of enemy monsters, build forts and defend the island’s survivors. Each game lasts around 20 minutes, providing you don’t get killed.
Jurassic World sidebar: In case you didn't know, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the 5th installment of the science fiction adventure Jurassic films that began 25 years ago with the release of Jurassic Park in 1993. To get a picture of Jurassic World, think puny humans - some good, some evil - trying to survive the loud and scary dinosaurs that continually try to eat them against a backdrop of volcanos, U.S. Senate hearings, evil black marketers and orphans.
Favorite for Girls 2018: Witches (Please note that this represents a very dark departure from prior years when princesses were the favorite.)
Favorite for Boys 2018: Anything Jurassic World (see Jurassic World sidebar above.)
Jurassic World costume
Favorite for Ladies 2018: Unicorns (Wait-what? Yes, seriously. The Walmart Supercenter in Claremont confirmed what Costumania has been experiencing, advising that they are sold out of unicorn costumes and don't think they can get more in in time.)
Unicorn sidebar: Unicorns have always been popular. By always, I mean since the 4th century B.C. when the unicorn was first referenced in writing. Over time, unicorns became the stuff of fantastical legend. Fast forward a millennia or two, and you'll watch the transformation of unicorns from icons of chastity and purity embroidered on 15th century tapestries to the pastel colored plastic toys with sparkly eyes and colorful manes on the shelf at Wal-Mart. Their popularity has no doubt been buoyed by the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino and the incorporation of the unicorn into the culinary lexicon.
Favorite for Men 2018: Worth Knowing has been advised by its expert that most men are a docile bunch when it comes to choosing a Halloween costume, opting to pair up as needed or as requested by their counterparts. For example, if she wants to be a witch, he'll be a wizard. If she wants to be Wilma, then he'll be Fred. If she wants to be a vampire, then - duh - he'll be a vampire.
Finally, Amanda also told us that Trump face masks and Make America Great hats are popular with the "older crowd," who apparently use the props on garden gnomes and pumpkin people. Who knew?
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