Holy Halloween! Hollywood, DIY And Social Media Popular Inspirations For Costume Choice, According To Savers® Annual Halloween Survey

This year, the perfect costume is less about perfectionism and more about personalization

Americans love Halloween and a unique costume is a must-have for a Hallowinning celebration. But dressing up for Halloween this year involves more than just looking good; there are a number of personal considerations including customization and value that come into play when creating the perfect costume. So, it’s no surprise that of those surveyed nearly 90 percent of shoppers admired unique costumes put together with second-hand items, and 74 percent said they’d shop thrift if second-hand stores have a Halloween section, according to new research by the Savers® family of thrift stores (Savers®, Value Village™ and Unique®).

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Trends to Watch in 2019:

  • Disney, Marvel & HBO-Inspired Costumes: Ninety-two percent of Americans believe movies and TV shows will be the top inspirations for Halloween costumes this year, with Avengers, The Lion King, Game of Thrones, Captain Marvel and Toy Story topping the charts.
  • Gen Zs Want to Stand Out, In Person & Online: Seventy percent of Gen Zs want to stand out with their costume choice and the majority (76 percent) plan to post their Halloween experiences on social media.
  • DIY and Customization Reigns: A “cool” costume needs to be creative, original and homemade, according to survey respondents, and 61 percent claim they’d like to wear a costume that no one else will have. More than ever before, Americans are enjoying the experience of DIY-ing their costumes, using a mix of previously owned and brand-new items. Sixty-four percent plan on customizing their costume with personal touches to “make it their own,” with merely a quarter planning on buying a new, as-is packaged costume.
  • You, or Your Alter Ego? The jury is out. Sixty-eight percent of Americans use their creative freedom to showcase bits of their personality, while 59 percent match their costume to their alter ego.

Keeping costs down is also important for Halloween shoppers this year. A whopping 80 percent of those surveyed spend $50 or less on a costume, while 52 percent spend less than $25, so choosing secondhand is ideal for those who still want a creative, original costume, at a price point that works for them.

As the one-stop Halloween destination, Savers® offers a variety of brand new and pre-owned Halloween merchandise,” said Kristine Hung, Head of Marketing & Merchandising at Savers. “Shopping second-hand during Halloween is a smart, sustainable choice, considering today’s consumer cares about unique style, the planet and their wallet.”

At Savers®, enthusiastic Halloween shoppers can find a lot more than just something to wear:

  • More Than Just Second Hand: Want to let out your alter ego, or pull together an imaginative look this Halloween? Every year, Savers® offers an exclusive line of brand-new Halloween costumes called “Alterego®,” wigs, makeup and accessories – perfect to combine with the reused clothing and accessories that already fill the aisles.
  • Costume Consultants: Need some help getting creative? In-store costume consultants and look books at Savers® can help you create a unique look with DIY Halloween costumes, tips and tricks.
  • It’s All About the Décor: Going all out for Halloween means more than just dressing up. Savers® loads its shelves with new and pre-loved Halloween décor to help decorate homes inside and out – whether that means creating a haunted house for trick-or-treaters or sticking to simple décor for a party.
  • Halloween Hub: Savers.com provides a store locator tool, costume inspiration and instructions for Halloween DIY costumes and home décor.
  • Social Media: More than 75 percent of Gen Zs plan to post their Halloween experiences on social media and the same percentage of Millennials plan on posting their kids’ Halloween experiences. Join in on the fun by engaging with Savers® on social platforms via the #Hallowinning hashtag on Facebook.com/Savers, @SaversVVillage on Twitter and @Savers_thrift on Instagram.

Savers® believe good style is more than how you put together your closet and home – it’s being able to do good while looking good – for yourself, your neighborhood and your planet. As a for-profit, purpose-driven retailer, the Savers® family of thrift stores provide a wide selection of must-have secondhand clothing, accessories and household goods at an affordable price and keeps more than 700 million pounds of reusable goods from reaching landfills each year. Learn more at www.savers.com

*Methodology Note: The Savers® Halloween Shopping Survey was conducted by Edelman Intelligence during the summer of 2019 and polled 2,000 nationally representative consumers aged 18 and older in the United States and Canada.

13 Haunted Houses So Crazy You’ll Wish You Brought a Change of Underwear

Hauntedhouses.coms list of the Top 13 Haunted Houses in America for 2016, has been released. The haunted houses and attractions on this year’s list are the most unique, entertaining and terrifying, haunted attractions in the country.hauntedhouses-com-logo

Every year we get asked which haunted houses are really going to scare people and more importantly, make their friends scream,” said http://www.hauntedhouses.com/ representative James Olmsted. “We scour the country to find the best of the best all over America. This year we paid special attention to haunted houses that are unique in their approach to making your heart race. From locations in creepy old industrial districts to country farms and hayrides under the stars, each location has a unique approach to interactive horror, but all deliver the thrills and excitement that Halloween fans are seeking.


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HauntedHouses.com‘s 2016 list includes:
1. House of Torment (Austin, TX) www.houseoftorment.comHouse of Torment has locations in Austin, TX and Chicago, IL. It’s Chicago location is Chicagoland’s largest haunted house and House of Torment Austin is arguably the most popular haunt in all of Texas. The Austin location is also moving to a new location for its 2016 season that is 40,000 square feet, twice the size of its previous spot. Both locations are also offering all-new attractions for the 2016 season.
. 13th Floor Haunted House (Denver, CO) www.13thfloorhauntedhouse.com13th Floor has haunted houses in Denver, Phoenix, Chicago, and San Antonio and their production values rival any haunt in the world. Each 13th Floor haunt has a unique set of characters and themes, and each one has a feature to set it apart from other haunted attractions. For example, 13th Floor San Antonio has a three-story slide integrated into its haunt!
Headless Horseman (Ulster Park, New York) www.headlesshorseman.comHeadless Horseman Haunted House in New York offers a remarkable haunt experience that includes a haunted hayride, corn maze, seven haunted houses, and a sideshow magic and illusion show. It is one of the largest and longest lasting haunts in the country, and it never ceases to be scary.
Terror on the Fox (Green Bay, Wisconsin) www.terroronthefox.comTerror on the Fox is a Wisconsin Halloween Tradition, and 2016 marks its 20th Anniversary season. The haunt is located next to Green Bay’s National Railroad museum, and it even features an antique passenger train of its own that customers ride in on!
Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) www.thebatesmotel.comThe Bates Motel is celebrating its 25th Year of Fear for the 2016 season, and it offers one of the best haunted hayrides in the country. The hayride has been featured on Travel Channel, USA Today and other national publications.
Fear Farm & Phoenix Haunted Hayride (Phoenix, Arizona) www.fearfarm.comFear Farm is a legendary Halloween tradition in Phoenix that features several haunted houses and a haunted corn maze. Its infamous clowns, Tremmors and Flinch, are some of the most terrifying and recognizable characters in the haunt industry. Fear Farm is also adding the Phoenix Haunted Hayride for its 2016 season.
The Asylum Haunted House (Denver, Colorado) www.asylumdenver.comThe Asylum is a Denver haunted house that often falls in the shadow of 13th Floor, but some may argue it is just as scary or scarier. The Asylum is a very thematic haunted house, and its themes are commonly tied to insane asylums, abandoned hospitals, and escaped mental patients, which everyone can agree are horrifying subjects.
Bennett’s Curse (Baltimore, Maryland) www.bennettscurse.comBennett’s Curse Haunted Attraction in Baltimore, Maryland is becoming renowned in the haunt world. It is located in a 40,000 square foot facility and it is offering 4 all-new attractions as well as the bonus haunted house, Coulrophobia for its 2016 season.
Cutting Edge Haunted House (Fort Worth, Texas) www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.comThe Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, TX currently holds the Guiness World Record for the largest walk-through haunted house, and it will be one of the most horrifying walks of your life. The Denton Record Chronicle has called it “The longest adrenaline rush money can buy!”
House of Shock (New Orleans, Louisiana) www.houseofshock.comThe House of Shock boasts a 25,000-square-foot haunted attraction comprising of three all new events for the 2016 season. The haunt consists of over 350 volunteers to add their own brand of fright to the night. The haunted experience also includes a full service bar, live music and a horror show.
Nightmare on the Bayou (Houston, Texas) www.nightmareonthebayou.comNightmare on the Bayou in Houston has been featured on the Travel Channel as one of America’s best haunts, and it is located creepily close to one of Houston’s oldest cemeteries. This graveyard is well known for its paranormal activity and has been designated as a historic site by the state of Texas for being a final resting place of freed slaves and early African-American residents of Houston. This only adds to the scare factor of Nightmare on the Bayou.
Nashville Nightmare (Nashville, Tennessee) www.nashvillenightmare.comNashville Nightmare is Tennessee’s most terrifying haunted house, and it is absolutely massive. For 2016, it is offering four new attractions in its 50,000 square foot location.
Fear PDX Haunted House Screampark (Portland, Oregon) www.fearpdx.comFear PDX gets its name from being located near the Portland International Airport, and it is easily the top haunt in the city. Fear PDX offers not one, but FIVE attractions for one affordable ticket price of $25. Continue reading