Popular RVA halloween costumes include ‘It,’ ‘Joker’

Hannah Eason, News Editor

Katie Hollowell, Contributing Writer

Many VCU students believe the Joker and clown-like costumes referencing the movie “It” will be the most popular this Halloween. That observation aligns with what Google trends released as its most searched for Halloween costumes in September, nationally and by city.

Google calls it “Frightgeist,” an interactive guide that shows what the most popular costumes are in your area that can be narrowed down by city.

The Frightgeist has a costume search generator called the “costume wizard” where you can describe how you want to dress up for Halloween, and it gives costume ideas based on how trendy, stylish and spooky you want to be.

Richmond had “It” as the most-searched-for Halloween costume in the area. With the release of “It Chapter Two” and “Joker,” many students think clowns and jokers will make a strong appearance.

Senior Ayush Bajgain guessed the most popular costumes he expects to see Thursday.

“Joker again, because of the new movie. Also, some more superheroes, bunnies, cats,” the interdisciplinary studies major said.

Environmental studies major Katie Belic has a unique perspective on Halloween, having worked at King’s Dominion’s Halloween Haunt for the last four years.

“I feel like clowns could come back into the mix because ‘It Two’ did just come out and people always ask me about Pennywise when I’m working,” the junior said. “Also, Joker too, so I do think clowns will be one of the top ones.”

Google released the most-searched-for Halloween costumes of September 2019 in the U.S. Here are the top 10:

  1. “It”
  2. Witch
  3. Spider-Man
  4. Dinosaur
  5. Descendants
  6. Clown
  7. Fortnite
  8. Chucky
  9. 1980s
  10. Unicorn

Some students are new to Halloween costumes, including sophomore Jen Paredes.

“I haven’t really thought about it too much, and I’ve never dressed up. My parents were pretty strict growing up,” the biology major said. “I want to try to dress up this year. It’d be fun to be one of the typical vampires because I used to want to be a vampire as a kid.”

Some VCU students said they were unsure which weekend they would celebrate Halloween because the holiday falls on a Thursday.

Public relations major Calen McCarthy would like to celebrate Halloween both weekends if his “bank account allows it.”

“My bank account would probably prefer me to only do one weekend, so we’ll see how it goes,” the senior said.

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