How Original Is Your Halloween Costume Idea? Check These Charts.

How Original Is Your Halloween Costume Idea? Check These Charts.
Source: AP
Source: AP

Thinking of dressing as Elsa from Frozen or suiting up as Captain American for Halloween this year?

You might consider some other options, because those costumes are likely to be super popular.

Using Google Trends, Mic attempted to predict which costumes would be popular this Halloween. Google Trends gives search terms a score between 0 and 100, with 100 meaning highest popularity.

While the tool can’t tell you exactly how many people will go with a certain costume idea, it can say which ideas are more popular compared to others.

Should you go as Groot or Godzilla? Walter White or Jon Snow? Daenerys Targaryen or Crazy Eyes?

Check the charts below to find out and plan accordingly.


Source: Google Trends, comparison of U.S. Google searches for “Elsa costume” and “Maleficent costume”

The Frozen princess is officially in; evil (or just misunderstood) sorceresses, not so much.


Source: Google Trends, comparison of U.S. Google searches for “Walter White costume” and “Jon Snow costume”

Walter White had an incredible showing last Halloween, and even though Breaking Bad is officially done, the character still seems to have a strong following this year.


Source: Google Trends, comparison of U.S. Google searches for “Daenerys costume” and “Crazy Eyes costume”

Daenerys Targaryen, aka Khaleesi, from Game of Thrones is a much more popular costume idea than last year’s breakout character Crazy Eyes from Orange Is the New Black. It’s hard not to want to be a badass queen.


Source: Google Trends, comparison of U.S. Google searches for “Groot costume” and “Godzilla costume”

Groot, the lovable monosyllabic tree-creature from Guardians of the Galaxy, will be more popular than Godzilla.



Source: Google Trends. Comparison of U.S. Google searches for “Captain America costume,” “X-Men costume” and “Transformers costume”

Captain America has been a popular choice for at least the previous two Halloweens, and that trend is likely to continue this year.

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Chris Walker

Chris heads up interactive content and data visualization at Mic. Previously he blogged about data visualization while traveling around India, and before that he worked on big data applications at Palantir Technologies. Chris grew up in the SF Bay Area and graduated from Stanford. In his free time he's training for a marathon and trying to become a better cook.

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