’Tis the season of spooks and sweets, and what better way to embrace all things pumpkin-spiced than by donning your ghoulish best for a night of trick-or-treating? This year, StorageCafe, your go-to for storage space across the U.S., has brewed up a cauldron of delights to ignite your Halloween spirit. In their quest for all things eerie, they curated a list of the most fantastic places in the U.S. for trick-or-treating. Their criteria? They examined the states that have the most Halloween-related web searches — summoning spine-chilling activities, throwing Halloween parties to wake the dead and adorning their homes with the spookiest of decorations.
But wait, there’s more! There’s also a spotlight on costume trends, just perfect to find the hottest Halloween get-ups for 2023. These fun ideas are here to save you from any last-minute costume conundrums, ensuring your night is nothing short of a spellbinding success.
So, get ready to howl at the moon and paint the town pumpkin — Halloween 2023 is going to be a graveyard smash!
Washington, D.C., leads in Halloween spirit, but western hot spots are lurking close behind
Amid the grandeur of Washington, D.C. residents wear their Halloween spirit with pride. Their chilling curiosity has led to more than 108 Halloween-related web searches for every 1,000 locals over the past three months. With the city’s iconic historical landmarks as a backdrop, it provides the perfect stage for a hauntingly good time.
As we venture west, the Golden State of California emerges as the runner-up, boasting 101 Halloween-themed searches per 1,000 residents. It’s a place where Halloween is more than just a holiday — it’s a grand spectacle in itself.
The third spot is secured by Utah, which ranks high thanks to the highest proportion of children under 18 in its population, setting the stage for youthful enchantment and Halloween revelry like no other.
Top 10 most popular Halloween costumes for 2023
In the quest for the title of “Costume of the Year,” Barbie emerges as the champion, casting a glittering spell over internet searches across the United States, all thanks to the success of the movie launched earlier this year. In this costume pageant, Ken also struts his stuff, claiming an honorable eighth position in the top 10.
Harley Quinn emerges as a strong contender for second place, followed by the bewitchingly dark Wednesday Addams and the fierce Cat Woman.
Swinging into the scene, Spider-Man captures a heroic fifth place, followed closely by the swashbuckling pirate and the prehistoric dinosaur costumes. The classics never fade: The timeless witch and the hair-raising scary clown claw their way into the top 10, proving that traditional spookiness will always be crowd pleasers.
Best Halloween costumes for couples
As expected, Halloween gatherings in 2023 will be teeming with Barbie and Ken power couples given their dominance in online searches for Halloween couples’ costumes. Yet, for those who gravitate toward a darker and more gothic flair, Gomez and Morticia Addams make for another popular alternative.
The options don’t end there, with beloved pairings like Bonnie and Clyde, Beetlejuice and Lydia, and Sandy and Danny making waves.
For those yearning for a dash of originality, why not venture into the less-frequented Halloween costume choices? Consider stepping into the shoes of Vincent and Mia from “Pulp Fiction,” or go unconventional with “Avocado and Toast,” or even channel the enigmatic allure of Steve and Robin from “Stranger Things.”
Halloween costume and decoration storage tips
Extend your Halloween savings and get extra mileage out of your costumes and decorations by keeping them safe and sound for future frightful festivities. Reusing the same costume is optional, but you can unleash your creative spirit and transform it into entirely new ensembles.
Taking good care of your costumes is a good idea, especially considering the investment you put into them. To ensure their longevity, delicately pack each piece in its own protective bag, or even consider cushioning them with bubble wrap.
As for your cherished Halloween decorations, the ideal way to store them is in transparent plastic bins. These not only shield your spooky treasures from dust but also give you visual access to their components.
Instead of cramming your closets with items reserved for just one night a year, consider securing your Halloween props in a convenient self-storage unit. By renting a small 5’x5′ storage unit close to your home, you can effortlessly house all your holiday decorations, keeping your home clutter-free and your Halloween spirit alive.