This year’s Halloween costume trends…dead celebrities, vampires and reality stars

According to an article on CNN.com, Michael Jackson costumes will be the big hit at Halloween gatherings. Since trend stories must contain statistical back up, here’s what CNN found out:

mj costume

“When you go to a party there will be a person dressed as Michael Jackson, no doubt,” said Jalem Getz, president and CEO of Buyseasons Inc., the parent company of BuyCostumes.com.

Searches for the costume, which generally includes tight black pants, a leather jacket and, of course, a glittering glove, have gone up more than a 1000%, according to Getz.

Other popular dead celebrity costumes include Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon and infomercial pitchman Billy Mays.

…by the way, is it just me, or does the phrase “other popular dead celebrity costumes” creep you out?  Anyways…

Meanwhile, die hard Twilight and True Blood fans have breathed new life into classic vampire attire, and reality celebs John and Kate Gosselin will likely be well represented on the trick or treat circuit.

kate goslin

“People like to be current,” Getz said of the current top choices. And no matter how grim, “we don’t judge our customers,” he added.

Oh, and the other thing about this year’s Halloween? Here come some more stats…

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2009 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, total Halloween spending is estimated to fall 18% to $4.75 billion, down from $5.77 billion last year.

“The economy has caught up to Halloween this year,” Tracy Mullin, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, said in a statement. “Since retailers know that Americans will be looking to celebrate on a budget, there’s no doubt we will see creative costume and decorating ideas in every price point imaginable.”

The report found that the average consumer plans to spend $56.31 on Halloween merchandise this year, down from $66.54 in 2008.

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