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30 October 2017

Trump or Treat?

Donald Trump has trumped his rivals to be named the ‘scariest celebrity face’ in a new study, which also sees him ranked in the top 10 Halloween outfits choices for kids alongside Voldemort and Frankenstein.

The new study, by the classic comic and digital platform Beano.com, polled 2,000 UK parents with kids aged 4 -14, reveals just how big Halloween has become for children across the UK as shops overflow with themed products.

Half of all UK parents said (51%) their children thought Halloween was second only to Christmas in the annual events calendar – knocking chocolate-laden religious festival Easter into third place.

The top ten outfits parents would find SCARIEST to dress their kids in this Halloween as follows;

Zombie (56%)
Devil (42%)
Grim Reaper (38%)
Skeleton (37%)
Day of the Dead theme (36%)
Ghost (35%)
Frankenstein’s monster (32%)
Clown (30%)
Voldemort (27%)
Donald Trump (26%)

Asked who would scare their kids the most on a cold dark night – 44% said the American president would give their child the biggest fright.

Beano reader Jonathan McCarthy aged 6, took to the streets of Central London today styled as ‘Scary Donald’ trundling a cartoon-style comedy bomb to test reactions to his outfit ahead of Halloween night.

Jonathan said ‘My costume got quite a few laughs. Though one man said I shouldn’t make jokes about American politics. Trump’s a pretty scary-looking guy so I didn’t need loads of horror make up. It should do pretty well when I go out trick or treating with my friends on October 31st.’

The top ten scariest looking celebrity faces are revealed as:

Donald Trump (54%)
Marilyn Manson (41%)
Kim Jong-un (40%)
Donatella Versace (37%)
Ozzy Osbourne (34%)
Vladimir Putin (33%)
Katie Hopkins (31%)
Theresa May (30%)
Nigel Farage (27%)
Boris Johnson (26%)

Over four in ten said (44%) their children thought Halloween was their favourite annual event because it offers them an opportunity to be naughty and rebellious. Over 85% of UK children are planning to dress up this Oct 31st.

Four in ten (44%) of parents said their children start planning their costumers and preparing the house for Halloween more than THREE weeks in advance, whilst 38% estimate they will be spending upwards of £50 on a Halloween party this year with one in ten spending up to £200.

Beano Boffin, Mike Stirling said: “There’s no fake news here! With Trump in our Halloween Top 10 it just goes to show that when it comes to things that scare us, reality can be more frightening than fiction. Trump aside, we can expect to see mini Kim Jong-uns and perhaps even the occasional Theresa May out trick or treating on October 31.”

The parents surveyed also revealed the most popular pranks kids had played on them at Halloween as:

Throwing eggs (31%)
Water balloons (18%)
Throwing flour (14%)
Shaving cream on windows of car or house (11%)
Toilet roll scattered in the garden/front yard (11%)

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