What Your Halloween Costume Reveals About Your Personality

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What Does Your Halloween Costume Reveal About You?

Dressing up on Halloween means a day or evening of good fun. But it might also be the one time of year when you can live out your secret fantasy of being a superhero or princess, or loosen your inhibitions by becoming a burlesque dancer or dressing in a French maid costume. Did you ever think that your choice of Halloween costume might reveal a secret facet of your personality that you keep under wraps the rest of the year?

Read on to see what your Halloween costume is saying about you.

Halloween is Big Business

Halloween Spending Tops $7.4 Billion

  • In 2014 the National Retail Federation reported that 7.4 Billion dollars were spent on Halloween in the U.S.
  • Americans spend an average of over $77 per person.
  • Total spent on costumes 2.8 billion
  • And that’s not just on kids’ costumes! $1.4 billion of that is spent on adult costumes.
  • Americans would never leave out Fido and their favorite pets. They spend $330 million on pet costumes.
  • The most important part of Halloween for many is the candy. $2.2 Billion will be spend on candy!
  • Halloween decorations? Another $2 billion dollars spent!

Which Halloween Costume Do You Love to Wear?

  • Good Witch – Herbalists and midwives in the middle ages, witches had many positive characteristics. Dress up as a good witch and you might be yearning for people to come to you to be healed or soothed. This could show a secret wish to learn the hidden magic of the forces of nature.
  • Bad Witch - You may choose to be a bad witch, an old crone witch, with an evil cackle that scares children and adults alike and has a few secret spells up her sleeve. This might be a personality that is demanding respect of their supernatural powers, or maybe a latent bully!
  • Ghoul – This personality revolves around cemeteries, death and dead people and definitely reveals a dark side that might ordinarily be deeply hidden.

What's Your Favorite Costume?

Which Halloween costume do you most enjoy wearing?

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  • Full Body Animal Costume – This is an introvert costume. An animal costume is a great way to hide from the rest of the world. Not only will people not know who you are, they won’t be able to tell your height, weight or if you are male or female. This is the ultimate camouflage.
  • Zorro or the Joker Costume – These masked costumes are also introvert costumes. The wearer can hide behind their masks while acting out their alter egos of hero or villain.
  • Burlesque Dancer or Saloon Dancer – The spotlight will be on you! You’ll let your extrovert self go in these costumes as you dance, drink and be merry! Certainly, some flirting is right in character, so have fun!
  • French Maid Costume – Maybe you are sexually liberated, or maybe you wish you were? Either way, this costume says something about your secret self!
  • Wonder Woman, Batman or Superman - Want to save the world or be a hero of the masses? Choosing one of these costumes shows a personality that wants to stand up for the little guy and triumph over the forces of evil. For one day, the person in one of these superhero costumes can be the ultimate good guy (or woman)!
  • Princes or Prince Costume - Do you dream of being pampered and showered with riches with your subjects at your beck and call? Mabe you already act like a prince or princess, but your subjects haven’t quite recognized your royal status. Dressing in these costumes will make it plain.
  • Peter Pan or Tinkerbelle – These costumes show a desire to recapture childhood and shed the responsibilities of adulthood. These costumes personify childhood dreams of magical abilities and innocent, simpler times.
  • Vampires and Werewolves - Choosing an evil costume like a vampire or a werewolf shows a personality fascinated by the dark side. Maybe this is an attempt to get in touch with your own dark side and live out a fantasy for a night!
  • Gypsy – Ahh, my favorite! Express your love of color and travel, glitter and gold, magic and fortune telling. You can live it all in your gypsy costume!

What Personality Traits Do You Express on Halloween?

If you are usually a conservative, quiet guy, do you yearn to shed that suit and become Superman for a day? If you force yourself to be outgoing every day, wouldn't it be nice for an evening to hide out in a nice puppy dog suit where no one knew who your were?

What is your costume of choice on Halloween? Does it say something about your inner self or your secret desires?
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This article Copyright ©2011 by Stephanie Henkel


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Very fun hub. I love looking for the hidden meaning of things. I skimmed your listed choices before reading what they meant, then chose to be a Good Witch. That was funny because it turned out it's hidden meaning was similar to being a nurse. Voted up across the board.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi Gail,

Wow, you sure are quick! I think I posted this less than 5 minutes ago. Actually, "Nurse" was on my original list, but it was so much like "Good Witch" that I removed it. I think you're a perfect "Good Witch!"

As always, thanks for your comments!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Oh that is so funny about the nurse and witch costumes meaning the same thing.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I wanted to be a different costume every year and I never did repeat myself. Of those you mention I have been a witch-I guess a bad witch, I didn't think one way or the other-a princess and a gypsy.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hello FloraBreen, Having a different costume each year can sure keep people guessing as to who is hiding behind the costume! Thanks for stopping by to comment on my hub! And Happy Halloween!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

I had not considered before how perfect full body animal costumes are for introverts- I suppose that's another reason why I love wearing them when I have the chance! This was quite the fun read, Stephanie Henkel. Your Hubs are always such a pleasure to come across!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi Simone,

Well, I guessed wrong about your choice of costume. I never would have guessed you are secretly an introvert! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub - thanks for your very welcome comments!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Fun hub!!! My favorite costume has been the good witch and my secret personality is accurate! Thank you for sharing this Stephanie!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi Sunshine,

I should have guessed that you'd like to be a good witch, helping others by spreading sunshine! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Awesome hub! I think I've chosen about half of the costumes on your list one year or another. I've been a "bad witch" since having kids because its super easy (black dress, black hat and streak my hair gray), but maybe there's something else going on. Happy Halloween!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi Steph,

Well, personally, I know my kids thought I was a "bad witch" sometimes, and occasionally I dressed the part. :) Have a Happy Halloween no matter what you wear this year! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Hi Stephanie -Gail(HBN) suggested I take a look at your hub as I told her I've been a nice witch many times in my life. I like to laugh like a witch but I'm pretty nice. This was such a fun and interesting hub to read. Happy almost Halloween!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Minnetonka Twin - Well, happy Halloween to you, too! The world can always use another good witch! Thanks for stopping by!


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Very interesting! Who would have taught? I always like to scare children. I am evil that way. Lol!

This time though, I'm putting on my zombie mask.

Fun hub! Happy Halloween!


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

CrisSp - Don't scare the little ones too badly! :) Happy Halloween!

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