Written by Luke Anthony
on Friday, November 01 2013 and posted in Features
This year the jealous, er joyous holiday had an astonishing 8% presence. By 2018 Halloween experts project the Christmas presence to be ubiquitous. Even more shocking, experts have also forecasted that by 2020 Halloween will no longer even exist.
Fear has struck the comic book industry in America as the statistics come in from last night’s Halloween costume surveys. A growing number of superhero costumes have been slowly replaced over the years with Christmas themed costumes, but this year’s numbers have grown exponentially. The anticipation of Christmas has gone unchecked for decades now, and poses a serious threat to the comics industry’s hold over Halloween costumes. Americans everywhere fear that Christmas will take precedence over Halloween the same way it has for Thanksgiving.
The first costume survey was performed in 1975, when a mere half a percent of costumes were Christmas themed. In 1990, that number jumped to 3%. In 2005 there was a reported 5.5%. This year the jealous, er joyous holiday had an astonishing 8% presence amongst the costumed children. By 2018 Halloween experts project the Christmas presence to be ubiquitous. Even more shocking, experts have also forecasted that by 2020 Halloween will no longer even exist. God help us all. Think of the candy. Think of the children!
Proponents of Christmas have had this on their agenda for years. The grim, menacing nature of Halloween has stood in stark contrast to the chipper, bright nature of Christmas for centuries. While last night’s costumes may not be called a win for the Christmas industry, the climbing numbers of Jack Skellington, Kris Kringle, and Snowman costumes have put a not-so-welcome fright into the Halloween industry.
The Outhouse had a chance to interview a few of the offending trick-or-treaters.
The Outhouse: What’s this? What’s this? There’s color everywhere!
Offending Trick-or-Treater: Yes, The Outhouse. I dressed up as Jack Skellington, because I love Christmas and Halloween. It’s the perfect combination.
OH: What. Is. This?!
OToT: This is my little brother, dressed up as a Heartless Snowman. We couldn’t find him any better costumes, so we just took a white shirt and filled it with pillows. Oh, and he has no heart.
OH: Snowmen don’t have hearts anyway.
OToT: OMG, really?! AGHHH!
Some analysts propose that a retail aisle war will be waged on the ever-encroaching holiday in the following years, adding stress to an already stress-filled holiday season. While Marvel and DC have not commented on this foreboding disease called Christmas, they may say that it’s cancer to the costume industry. Costumes are the iconic backbone of comics, and to take away that industry would be like burying them alive. Halloween is the necessary evil in the holiday season, and we must preserve it to keep comics alive (for the children)!
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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