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Costumes minus masks safer for Halloween kids

Tuesday, October 24, 2017by  Jon Osterberg

Girls wear Supergirl and Wonder Woman costumes for Halloween​If Google trends is correct, Northwest neighborhoods will be swarming with little Wonder Women this Halloween.

That could be a good thing for trick-or-treat safety. Wonder Woman wears no mask. And masks can limit kids' vision on a night they need to be extra alert for cars.

Fortune reports that the top-trending Halloween costume across the country is Wonder Woman followed by another DC Comics hero, Harley Quinn (seen in 2016's Suicide Squad). Next are clowns, unicorns, rabbits, witches, mice, pirates, zombies, and dinosaurs.

If you're a parent concerned about your child's safety, and if you can sway the choice between a dinosaur or a unicorn and, say, a pirate, you might lobby for a pirate. It's rather hard to imitate a dinosaur or unicorn without some sort of head gear. And with it, peripheral vision suffers.

Kids in masks go trick-or-treatingGoogle offers a fun tool, Frightgeist, which enables you to see the most-popular costume in your specific locale. You must enable Google to know your location. Here's what turned up for 98052:

  1. Wonder Woman

  2. Rabbit

  3. Unicorn

  4. Batman

  5. Witch

Batman ranks only No. 17 nationally, and it appears he's searched for the most in Waco, Texas.  Another fun fact: rabbits and other animals make up 12% of all costume searches.

Wonder Woman continues to trend upward everywhere nationwide, so if it drizzles on Halloween night, expect to see lots of shivering girls ambling between houses with raincoats shielding their breastplates, bracelets, and tiaras.

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