According to search data provided by Walmart, the trendiest Halloween costumes for 2016 are the uniforms from the “Ghostbusters” reboot, Harley Quinn from “Suicide Squad,” Charizard from Pokemon Go and Marshall from Paw Patrol. To those with kids, no real surprises.
But what about the grownups?
If you want to make an educated guess about what you might see adults wearing this year at Halloween parties, your best resources are news and social media. Adults frequently base their costume choices on the major players of current world events, even those that may be traumatizing them.
For example, in 2014, many Americans were certain that an Ebola epidemic would decimate the U.S. population, so it made sense to manufacture a “Sexy Ebola Costume.” One year later, with everyone still alive, the craze was forgotten, along with the costumes.
But 2016 is a new era, with new threats, new anxieties and, perforce, new costumes.
Money takes a look at some of this year’s trendiest Halloween costumes, which distill the essence and popular culture of 2016 better than the others. This list only includes costumes that are currently available, which means that the recently discontinued Kim Kardashian “Parisian Heist Robbery Victim” costume kit didn’t make the cut.