Saturday 18 November 2017

Minions and princesses likely to be at your door

Sam Griffin

Don't look now, but a feisty gang of minions or a terrifying army of damaged dolls could be on their way to your home.

Or, perhaps, you'll be more fortunate and only have to contend with snowmen or princesses from the hit Disney film 'Frozen' this Halloween.

That's because this year's top-selling children's costumes have been hugely influenced by hit films - including both 'Frozen' and the 'Minions' movie.

Halloween and costume store owners say the urge to cause a fright still remains strong with trick-or-treaters, but a silver-screen-inspired trend has begun to emerge in recent years.

"Costumes related to 'Frozen' still sell big, and the Minions are also very popular - which is a similar trend to last year.

"Mrs Brown's Boys costumes are also popular," said staff at The Costume Shop in Co Laois.

Those looking to shock and scare are opting for grizzly wounds and latex grazes, according to store CEO Ronan O'Brien, while monster and zombie costumes remain popular with young and old alike.

"We have amazing liquid latex that creates the most amazing scars and wounds, and we've a ghoulish range of masks that would terrify even the most avid horror film aficionado," he said.

"We are seeing a massive increase in sales of blood and liquid latex, well up on previous years' sales."

For men, the big sellers this year were the burning zombie suit and the range of 'Carry Me' costumes, particularly leprechauns, which frequently appeared among the crowds at the Rugby World Cup.

For women, classics such as Cinderella and evil witches remain in vogue - as do 1980s-inspired costumes.

Halloween HQ, which has stores across the country, said the 'Damaged Doll' outfit had proved particularly popular this year, while adults and kids alike were opting for scarier outfits.

Halloween HQ owner Vincent Lynch said zombies were, once again, another hit with punters.

"Scary is what's popular. You have broken dolls, zombie brides - or anything to do with zombies.

"For kids, scarier and gorier costumes are joining the old favourites of superheroes and princesses."

Irish Independent

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