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Halloween Costumes Scare Up Controversy

Creative Halloween costumes are a snapshot of the zeitgeist taking their inspiration from the headlines or from what’s trending in popular culture. 

| BY Donald Liebenson

Bill Cosby carrying around a package of Jello. Caitlyn Jenner in her Vanity Fair cover outfit. And of course, Donald Trump is going to be “yuge.” These are just some of the questionable costumes that are reportedly to be all the rage this Halloween.

When it comes to Halloween costumes, the best are a snapshot of the zeitgeist taking their inspiration from the headlines or from what’s trending in popular culture. The worst are like the ultimate nightmare episode of “What Not to Wear.”

After protests on social media, Walmart has removed for sale its Israeli Soldier Costume for Kids as well as its Sheik Fagin Nose. The company has not addressed how these two items survived the rigorous vetting process to wind up on its store shelves in the first place.

What’s considered inappropriate can be subjective. Yandy.com’s Sexy Pizza Rat costume (at a scary $89.99) is kinda clever. Its sexy Donald Trump ($69.95) is just gross. And then, there’s Costumeish.com’s Lion Killer Dentist costume ($139.99), which consists of a severed lion's head and dentist mask, bloody smock, and bloody gloves. (It is worth noting that the price of this costume was raised to $139, 99 “due to overwhelming demand”). Animal rights champions might prefer the Cecil’s Revenge Dentist Killer costume at $99.

While their 15 minutes are ticking away, individuals who found themselves in the news are finding themselves costume-worthy. Costumeish is also selling an Ahmed Mohamed get-up. He’s the 14-year-old student who was arrested at school for brining to class a homemade clock that teachers mistook for a bomb. This costume comes with a NASA T-shirt, which Ahmed was wearing at the time of his arrest, an aluminum case with a replica of his clock, and glasses.

This year’s most popular Halloween costumes for children are more benign, At a north suburban Illinois location of the pop-up Halloween Hallway outlet, a clerk reported that “Frozen” is still a hot costume, while costumes related to “The Descendants,” a popular Disney Channel movie about Disney villain offspring, sold out in one day. Sales of superhero costumes, too, remain strong.

Politicians are an endless source of costume inspiration. According to Tony Bianchi, owner of Halloween Adventure in New York, the Donald Trump mask is the biggest seller this year, along with the perennially popular Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan masks. Less popular; Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. “We’ve got the masks in the window; no one’s buying,” Bianchi told Millionaire Corner.  



About the Author


Donald Liebenson

dliebenson@millionairecorner.com

Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.  

A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.