While many children love dressing up in Disney or Nickelodeon costumes, this year you may be seeing a lot of zombies shuffling in front of your door with scary kids costumes. The popularity of The Walking Dead and zombie movies like World War Z has both adults and children running to get living dead costumes.
But the popularity of zombies and other scary creatures is not limited to adult programming. Many children’s TV shows have monsters in them, sometimes in a humorous way. Books and shows like Goosebumps and Scooby Doo have made kids less fearful than the generations before them. This Halloween, it may be the adults answering the doors that will be screaming in fright. Children carrying severed heads instead of the orange pumpkin pails with fake but realistic looking blood dripping from their fanged teeth could be the norm this year.
Popular Scary Kids Costumes
If you want to keep entertained as you do your Halloween candy distributing this year, why not start counting the style of costumes. Will your neighborhood children come as zombies, vampires or werewolves?
Scary kids costumes are definitely not exclusive to young boys; my early teen nieces are huge Walking Dead fans. Young girls are learning about using makeup by applying zombie looks to each other. Sleepovers now include watching horror movies and talks about the latest Walking Dead episode. And with the popularity of Twilight, expect to see as many female vampires as male this year.
Horror Popular Among Kids
The change in horror movie watching can be seen in recent movies like Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters. The kids are no longer the vulnerable ones, and the lines of kids dragging their parents in to Evil Dead or explaining the horror references in the comedic Scary Movie franchise is proof that the demand for scary costumes is increasing and getting younger.
Just like their horror costume preferences, kids are now leading the purchase demographics for all things scary. The children are laughing as the adults close their eyes in fear. Those screams you hear coming out of the movie theaters are usually from the parents.