The scariest thing about Halloween is the way adults have taken over the holiday. A survey conducted by BIGresearch for the National Retail Federation finds 34 percent of adults planning to don a costume for the occasion. Among those in the 18-24 age bracket, 63 percent (!) intend to dress up. So, for that matter, do 13 percent of people in the old-enough-to-know-better 65-plus contingent. Witch costumes are far and away the favorite among adults who said they’d be getting into costume, with pirate and vampire as distant runners-up, followed by cat and clown outfits. Those of us who look forward to seeing adults wearing “French maid” costumes will be saddened to learn that a mere 1 percent of respondents plan to sport one this year. The survey did deign to check on the costume intentions of children, and it found princess outfits their favorite, followed by pirate, witch, Spider-Man and Superman.
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