Is there an ‘ick’ fac­tor to Trump, Clin­ton for Hal­loween?

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Leanne Italie

NEW YORK >> Last Hal­loween, Erin Holin and her hus­band coiffed their 2-year-old’s blond hair, Don­ald Trump style, and bought him a lit­tle suit with a red tie as his cos­tume.

“I taught him to say, ‘I’m very rich!’ He even squished his face to be ‘an­gry Trump,’” she said.

This year, her hus­band wants to do the same and her an­swer is no.

“Last year it was silly,” Holin said. “It was meant to be a joke and taken as tongue in cheek.”

Not so much at the mo­ment, at least for her young child, after a video sur­faced of Trump boast­ing about grop­ing women’s gen­i­tals and other lows in the pres­i­den­tial race, in­clud­ing two women who told The New York Times that Trump re­port­edly touched them in­ap­pro­pri­ately.

“He says he wants to go as Bat­man, so I think we’ll go with that,” Holin said of her child.

Un­til re­cently, Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton cos­tumes were still sell­ing strong de­spite some reser­va­tions among those who once had none. What turned them around? The “grab ‘em” video, for one, and gen­eral anx­i­ety over the low-brow na­ture of the race.

In spite of it all, Heather Hig­gins is go­ing for it — for her dogs at least.

She lives in the heart of New York’s Green­wich Vil­lage, where Hal­loween is a big and bawdy af­fair with its fa­mous pa­rade for hu­mans and cos­tume par­ties for neigh­bor­hood dogs in nearby parks. This year, her male schnau­zer-dachs­hund mix, Winslow, and her fe­male Ha­vanese, Carly, will be dressed in match­ing royal blue pantsuits as the two can­di­dates.

Winslow will wear a tie, while Carly will ac­ces­sorize with a scarf.

“Con­cerned that my male dog will be Trump, I’ve solved the prob­lem by mak­ing him a big, ‘I’m with Her’ but­ton,” Hig­gins said.

Fol­low­ing the Oct. 9 de­bate, another po­lit­i­cal cos­tume en­tered the Hal­loween cos­tume sweep­stakes, riff­ing on the red-sweatered Ken­neth Bone who was among a group of un­de­cided vot­ers in­vited to ques­tion the can­di­dates on stage dur­ing the town hall­style meet up.

After Bone be­came an im­me­di­ate so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion, the site Yandy.com — known for cre­at­ing cos­tumes based on hot-but­ton pop-cul­ture fig­ures — didn’t waste any time with the ro­tund, mus­ta­chioed Bone.

Less than 48 hours after the de­bate, the site went into pro­duc­tion for a “sexy” Bone cos­tume and be­gan tak­ing pre-or­ders, sell­ing out within four hours.

Yandy’s “Sexy Un­de­cided Voter” fea­tures a red crop top, white crop un­der­shirt, blue high-waisted pants and the must-have mus­tache, black glasses and — natch — a mi­cro­phone ala the one passed around on de­bate night. And the price? $99.95. Yandy also has its own take on the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee with its “Donna T. Rump­shaker” look, priced at $71.95. It comes with a white sleeve­less col­lar shirt, red tie, royal blue faux blazer and royal blue booty shorts. A “Mak­ing Amer­ica Great” red cap and blond wig are sold sep­a­rately.

So how does Yandy feel about that “ick” fac­tor?

“That is for the cus­tomers to de­cide,” said Chad Horstman, the site’s founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive.

At cos­tume seller Fun. com, chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Mark Bi­etz said searches for “Trump cos­tume” were on the rise over the last week, while “Hil­lary cos­tume” searches have been about one-third of Trump’s.

“Since we’ve re­stocked a bil­lion­aire wig that was sold out al­most all year, the de­mand has stayed steady for

“Since we’ve re­stocked a bil­lion­aire wig that was sold out al­most all year, the de­mand has stayed steady for this prod­uct. Though per­son­ally I see an ‘ick’ fac­tor, I’m not see­ing it change de­mand at all.” — Fun.com Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer Mark Bi­etz

this prod­uct,” he of­fered as one small ex­am­ple. “Though per­son­ally I see an ‘ick’ fac­tor, I’m not see­ing it change de­mand at all.”

At thrift desti­na­tion Savers/Value Vil­lage stores, Trump and Clin­ton cos­tumes over­all were sell­ing at twice the rate of other Hal­loween looks, the com­pany said. Trump masks and wigs were lead­ing Clin­ton masks and wigs ever so slightly.

In Seat­tle, Anita Lavine is now a doubter. Her 10-yearold son dressed as Trump for Hal­loween last year, and she and her hus­band went as Trump sup­port­ers, though they have ev­ery in­ten­tion of vot­ing for Clin­ton.

“Last year, it was still pretty funny,” she said of her son’s garb. “Would I let him do it now? Prob­a­bly not. I’m sure there will be a ton of lit­tle Don­ald and Hillarys out there this year, but not my kid­dos.”

Nick Braun in Colum­bus, Ohio, has a 2-year-old son. While he and his wife are reg­is­tered Repub­li­cans and say they will vote for Trump, they’re not touch­ing the pres­i­den­tial race for them­selves or their tod­dler.

“Maybe in the past it would have been cute,” Braun said of trans­form­ing their young child into a baby Trump, like the one the can­di­date him­self was handed by a sup­porter and held at a re­cent cam­paign event.

Be­sides, dad said, “he wants to be a pi­rate.”

CHRISTOS SEWELL — YANDY.COM VIA AP

This prod­uct im­age re­leased by Yandy.com shows a model dressed in a Donna T. Rump­shaker cos­tume, a spoof of GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump. It comes with a white sleeve­less shirt with col­lar, red tie, royal blue faux blazer and royal blue booty shorts. A “Mak­ing Amer­ica Great” red cap and blond wig are sold sep­a­rately.

CHRISTOS SEWELL — YANDY.COM VIA AP

This prod­uct im­age re­leased by Yandy.com shows a model dressed in a Ken Bone cos­tume. Bone, a power plant worker, was the un­de­cided voter who took part in the town hall-style pres­i­den­tial de­bate Sun­day by ask­ing GOP nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump and Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton about en­ergy pol­icy.

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