As New Yorkers continue their Halloween preparations, NY1's Stephanie Simon looks at what's big this year and how Halloween costume trends are born.
The hottest Halloween costume this season is also the coldest. Ice princess Elsa from "Frozen" is a hit at the Halloween stores like she was at the box office.
Tony Bianchi, manager of New York Costumes Halloween Adventure in the East Village, says it's all about pop culture and what the movie studios are licensing.
"Like this year it’s 'Frozen,' and there is 'Spiderman' and there’s 'Captain America.' Next year it’s 'Star Wars,' you know?" says Bianchi. "Maleficent has always been big because she has these great horns and she’s a great villain, even though we all know the true story behind it after seeing the movie this year. She’s misunderstood as all villains are."
Bianchi has been in the costume business for more than 20 years. He says it breaks down into some basic categories: top films and TV shows, celebrity or political scandals and perennial favorites.
"Every year there’s vampires and there’s Cleopatra and there’s flappers and there’s Game of Thrones. The TV industry has changed everything because you had last year was Breaking Bad and there are Game of Thrones and obviously zombies, Walking Dead. It’s endless. Endless, endless zombies."
It may be politically incorrect but we can expect to see some Ebola and hazmat costumes. But more traditional will be super heroes and anything scary or supernatural.
And the biggest trend of all is that the costumes get more and more elaborate and people spend more and more time and money for their chance to play dress up with the rest of the country.
For more Halloween ideas, Time Warner Cable subscribers can go to channel 1020 and select "Holiday."