Fairy tale misfits reign as the queens of Halloween 2014 – for girls, anyway.
If there were any doubt that Maleficent and Elsa are heroes to any lass who has ever felt mistreated or misunderstood, this spooky season will prove their popularity. Costumes for both Disney characters flew out of stockrooms as the first chill hit the autumn air.
“It definitely is the year of ‘Frozen,’ ” said David Niggli, president of Chasing Fireflies.
But it’s not just the year of the ice princess: The horned fairy from “Sleeping Beauty” who recently headlined her own film starring Angelina Jolie, also is popular.
Maleficent is the Goth counterpart to blonde Elsa. Chasing-Fireflies.com sold out of its inventory of girls’ and women’s Maleficent costumes by the second week of September. ToysRUs.com, too, sold out of its Maleficent costume, a black gown with horns.
Among these hot sellers, there’s one upside for “Frozen” fans: Costumes for the scene-stealing Olaf character abound, and any kid dressed like the magical snowperson is likely to receive warm hugs.
For boys, DC Comics’ The Flash costumes have been vanishing quickly, thanks to buzz over the TV show on the CW. Marvel Comics’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” hero Star-Lord is another popular choice – the costume was sold out at CostumeExpress.com. Ditto for the Toothless Night Fury and Hiccup costumes from “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Meanwhile, parents of toddlers had snapped up both the Chase and the Marshall costumes from “Paw Patrol.”
Parents will have better luck transforming kids into characters who didn’t headline films in the past year. “The Dark Knight Rises” costumes, both Batman and Catwoman, earn stellar reviews at CostumeExpress.com, as do “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” options.
Among the classic cast of scary creatures, vampires (and vampiras) bare their teeth, re-energized by the origin story of the recently released “Dracula Untold.”
The Chris March collection of foam wigs and other accessories at Target stores includes a set of bat wings, an instant costume for a parent in a supporting role (just add black yoga attire).
Characters from franchises such as “My Little Pony,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Monster High” are popular picks, as well as bushy-tailed creatures inspired by the viral Ylvis refrain (“What Does the Fox Say?”). Beyond brand names are candy-related costumes, a menagerie of cuddly creatures, nostalgic throwbacks for parents (such as Hey Kool-Aid) and – as Niggli said – “anything with a beautiful set of wings.”
“We are also finding family-themed costumes continue to grow in popularity,” Niggli said, citing everything from “Downton Abbey” to a zombie football team.