Political Costumes and Twix: We Breakdown Halloween By The Numbers

Dudes donning President Trump gear while munching on Reese’s, that was Halloween 2017 in a nutshell.

Using the analytics engine Kairos, Networked Insights discovered the specific brands, celebrities and conversation topics that dominated Halloween this year and last year.

Most surprising, the holiday isn’t just for kids—women actually dominate within the social sphere. And perhaps unsurprisingly, political costumes remained in the top five.

Here’s what else Networked Insights found out:

Last year, women were 1.38 times more likely to talk about Halloween costumes than men. They also represented 58 percent of all conversations about the candy-coated holiday.

However this year, women had just 55 percent of all conversations about Halloween while men had about 45 percent. That means women wrote more than 200,000 more Halloween-related posts than men this year.

And what were they talking about? Their makeup and the excitement about their costumes, specifically Cleopatra this year (and Harley Quinn last year).

The popularity for President Trump may be waning in reality, but it was winning during Halloween.   Men, like last year, dressed up as The Don—moving President Trump from the second most popular costume in 2016, for men, to first place this year.

But the the greatest upset from last year to this year was in candy.

From reigning champion in 2016 to last place in 2017, Twix made the biggest move. Dropping to fifth most popular candy, by huge margins, Reese’s pulled to the top after being in second place last year.

It is possible this upset is not directly related to a preference of peanut butter over caramel, but rather to a false rumor about the makers of Reese’s discontinuing the candy.

Finally, for kids, Elsa remains a common costume choice despite its 2013 release.

Check out the infographics for more:

Networked Insights Breaks Down Halloween by the Numbers, 2017.

Networked Insights Breaks Down Halloween by the Numbers, 2017.

Networked Insights Breaks Down Halloween by the Numbers, 2016.

Networked Insights Breaks Down Halloween by the Numbers, 2016.

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