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October 14, 2012

Zombies and politicians are Halloween's hottest trends

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That may be a message in disguise: BuyCostumes’ mask sales have correctly predicted the winner in the past three elections, while Spirit’s mask sales have been right in the past four.

Spirit Halloween originally included costumes in the “Bound for Pleasure” category (inspired by best-selling “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy) but asked us to remove that item from its list of predicted top sellers.

“It looks like it’s not going to pan out,” a spokesman for the company said.

Lisa Barr, senior director of Marketing and Creative for Spirit Halloween, said the store’s zombie terror mill, zombie babies and the teddy bear girl from “The Walking Dead” have all generated high interest among customers.

In terms of spirited home decor, Ralph Snyder, trend expert and design director with Kohl’s, recommends adding metallic and shine to furnishings. Distressed metallic vases, apothecary jars and vintage-inspired serving ware add a subtle seasonal touch, he said. Skeleton photo-frames, skull decor and faux spiders are also popular choices.

, Synder said.

The Mulhalls have two coffins they display during their Halloween bash. The theme for this year’s party will be Superstitions and Phobias. Katie plans to dress up like a bumblebee, while Tim and their 3-year-old daughter, Lily, will both adorn themselves like clowns.

That’s scarier than the army of undead protesters lining their driveway.

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