Half of all households will have at least one person wearing a Halloween costume this year, and 16 percent will have at least one pet in costume, according to the 2017 Goodwill Halloween Poll.
Other survey results of the online survey:
- More than half of respondents, 51 percent, are interested in wearing a Halloween costume this year. Ten percent of all respondents would most like to wear a funny costume, 8 percent would most like to wear a unique costume, and 8 percent prefer a sexy costume.
- The same types of costumes – unique, funny, and sexy – are the best bets if you're looking to catch someone's eye at a Halloween party. When asked what type of costume worn by someone else would make the best impression, 27 percent said a one-of-a-kind costume, while funny or sexy costumes were picked by 20 percent each.
- If you're not sure what type of costume to wear for Halloween, you might consider looking online. Two out of every three people surveyed who plan to wear a costume and prefer do-it-yourself costumes say they go to websites such as Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube for ideas.
- Don't wait until it's too late to get your Halloween costumes and decorations. Four out of 10 people surveyed who plan to purchase, re-use, or create costumes for themselves or others in their household say they plan to start shopping for Halloween gear in the first two weeks of October. And nearly 40 percent of this same group will have started their costume material shopping prior to October.
Copyright 2017, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist