The 25 Most-Searched Halloween Costumes of 2019

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Whether hunting for the perfect Halloween costume is your favorite sport or not, there’s a good chance you’re dressing up this year to some degree—and maybe you’ve even Googled around for costume ideas.

To see which costumes are ruling search bars this year, Google created Frightgeist, a website that analyzed Google Trends data to compile a list of the most-searched Halloween costumes during September.

Unsurprisingly, It and Stranger Things both made the list of terms, as did other pop culture bigwigs like Spider-Man, Chucky, and Fortnite. However, plenty of people still want to masquerade as less-trademarked characters: Witches were the runner-up to It, and dinosaurs, unicorns, rabbits, pirates, and mice all made the top 15.

There’s also a significant demographic of people who were likely inspired by what they’ve seen in movies and television series, but didn’t want to imitate it exactly: 1980s, clowns, and superheroes are all in the top 25.

The stats for couples’ costumes, though completely different, are another blend of high-profile pop culture icons and more generic Halloween classics. Google shared with us that Lilo and Stitch took the number one spot, followed by Bonnie and Clyde and then The Fairly Oddparents’ Cosmo and Wanda. The Bible is big this year, too: Adam and Eve and “angel and devil” both hit the top 15.

Toy Story 4 certainly seemed to leave a lasting impression on movie theater audiences everywhere. Not only did Toy Story come in at number 17 on the overall most-searched list, but Woody and Jessie took the number 12 spot on the couples’ list, and Forky and Bo Peep have both been on the rise since January of this year.

Though the It franchise may have outshined Pennywise as an individual on the main list, he’s apparently quite a popular costume idea when it comes to babies and dogs—the homicidal clown took the number four spot on both lists.

Browse the full list of 25 hottest costume searches below, and check out some of the best bargains in the Halloween costume market here.

  1. It

  1. Witch

  1. Spider-Man

  1. Dinosaur

  1. The Descendants

  1. Clown

  1. Fortnite

  1. Chucky

  1. 1980s

  1. Unicorn

  1. Rabbit

  1. Pirate

  1. Stranger Things

  1. Mouse

  1. Harley Quinn

  1. Superhero

  1. Toy Story

  1. Princess

  1. Doll

  1. Mermaid

  1. Devil

  1. Ninja

  1. Vampire

  1. Cheerleader

  1. Bear

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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25 Amazing Facts for International Beer Day


Every year, suds lovers celebrate International Beer Day on August 7—which makes it the pefect day to share any one of these amazing facts about beer.

1. After he won the Nobel Prize, Niels Bohr was given a perpetual supply of beer piped into his house.

2. The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed.

3. At the Wife Carrying World Championships, first prize is the wife's weight in beer.

4. A cloud near the constellation Aquila contains enough ethyl alcohol to fill 400 trillion trillion pints of beer.

5. Coined in the early 1900s, the word alcoholiday means leisure time spent drinking.

6. The builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza were paid with a daily ration of beer.

7. During WWII, a bear named Wojtek joined the Polish army. He transported ammunition and sometimes drank beer.

8. Fried beer won Most Creative Fried Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair.

9. The top five states for beer consumption per capita: 1. New Hampshire, 2. Montana, 3. Vermont, 4. North Dakota, 5. South Dakota.

10. Germany is home to a beer pipeline. Taps in Veltsin-Arena are connected by a 5km tube of beer.

11. Thomas Jefferson wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence in a Philadelphia tavern.

12. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.

13. At the end of Prohibition, FDR said, "What America needs now is a drink."

14. Winston Churchill called the concept of Prohibition "an affront to the whole history of mankind."

15. George Washington insisted his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations.

16. Oktoberfest originally started as a festival celebrating the 1810 marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig.

17. At spas in Europe, you can literally bathe in beer as a physical and mental therapeutic treatment.

18. In the 1990s, the Beer Lovers Party ran candidates in Belarus and Russia.

19. J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.

20. Beer helped Joseph Priestley discover oxygen. He noticed gases rising from the big vats of beer at a brewery and asked to do some experiments.

21. A Buddhist temple in the Thai countryside was built with over 1 million recycled beer bottles.

22. The moon has a crater named Beer.

23. Beer soup was a common breakfast in medieval Europe.

24. At the start of Bavarian Beer Week in Germany, an open-air beer fountain dispenses free beer to the public.

25. In the 1980s, a beer-drinking goat was elected mayor of Lajitas, Texas.