The Halloween season has begun, but this year may be a little different than others when it comes to Halloween costume choices.Â Head to any Halloween store and you will see a wide array of political masks and costumes, along with a plethora of politically themed gear. What's going on here?Â Well, it's an election year, and when it comes to Halloween, politics can be a bit of a game changer. This year, more than others, politics is bound to find it's way into a Halloween party near you. Dressing up like a past, present or nominated President has been a popular costume idea for decades. Some of the more legendary Presidents such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are considered impersonation staples for a wide variety of occasions.Â Current Presidential Candidates are popular costume choices during any election year.Â Let's face it when it comes to celebrities or famous people there are few recognizable personas that are more memorable or carry more costume weight than a President, or even a Presidential nominee.
Thus, because this year is an election year, Presidential candidates are not only going to be on the ballot, but they will also be showing up in droves at local Halloween festivities and parties.Â Why do people love dressing up as political figures and Presidential candidates?Â Is dressing up as a Presidential candidate funny--or is it potentially risky?
Your mother may have told you that there are two subjects to always avoid in social settings--religion and politics.Â However, this Halloween, mama's rules are going straight out the window as politics takes center stage.Â With the Presidential election just days after Halloween, the Presidential nominees are forefront on many folk's minds. Thus many people may choose to dress up as Presidential Candidate for Halloween.Â Dressing up as a candidate may be a light-hearted endorsement for a particular candidate or can even be a fun way of promoting your personal political viewpoints.Â Sometimes wearing a costume depicting a disliked candidate is an opportunity to imitate the candidate in a negative light, a not-always-so-subtle way of making fun of a particular nominee.Â No matter what the political agenda may be--this year, political costumes are going to be more popular than ever, and costume retailers have been getting ready.
So which political figures make for the best Halloween costumes?Â There is no doubt that some politicians have much more costume potential than others.Â A candidate who has a larger than life personality combined with unique and distinctive physical features is automatically going to be an easy target for a Halloween costume.Â No one wants to have to explain who their costume is--they want the identity of their character to stand out and be completely obvious.
This year the Presidential election has taken over the news, social media chatter, and undoubtedly will also find its way into Halloween.Â Choosing a political figure costume combines the satirical humor of the election with the fun of Halloween.Â If you do decide to dress up as a candidate, accept that not everyone may appreciate your viewpoint or interpretation of your character.Â Don't take this personally.Â
Need a few ideas for inspiration?Â Check out our DIY Costume ideas for creating that perfect Presidential candidate look.Â We do not know yet who our next elected President will be, but making a choice as to which nominee comes to your Halloween party is easy!