Slender Man Is The Most Popular Halloween Costume in Pennsylvania, Apparently

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Map via SumoCoupon | Slender Man image: By mdl70 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/8459320@N03/) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Costume map via SumoCoupon[1] | Slender Man image: mdl70[2] [CC-BY-2.0[3]], via Wikimedia Commons[4]

There’s a Halloween costume that’s trending in Pennsylvania, and it’s not a ghost or witch or goblin or Sexy Fan Fiction[5] Claude Giroux (that’s who I was last year). It’s … Slender Man!

Slender Man is part of a weird piece of collaborative Internet horror fiction[6] called creepypasta. It began as a thread on the Something Awful Forums[7], as part of a “paranormal pictures” Photoshop thread, and evolved into a tall, thin man with tentacles wearing a suit. (There’s no set description, per the nature of the collaborative creepypasta — the word evolved from “copy and paste.”) Slender Man has actually been blamed[8] for inspiring many attacks, including a horrifying stabbing of a 12-year-old girl by two of her classmates.

So, yeah, that’s the most-searched Halloween costume in Pennsylvania according to the blog of SumoCoupon[9], which is not a blog where you get discounts on mawashi[10].

SumoCoupon analyzed Google Search Volumes to find their data, breaking ties by which costume was “more unique.” They also analyzed the top Halloween candies[11] in each state; Pennsylvania got Good & Plenty.

New Jersey’s top costume was Elsa from Frozen; its top candy was Bubble Tape. Tops in Delaware were a banana costume and Starburst candy.

[via Uproxx[12]]

Endnotes:
  1. SumoCoupon: http://www.sumocoupon.com/most-trending-halloween-costumes-each-state/
  2. mdl70: https://www.flickr.com/photos/8459320@N03
  3. CC-BY-2.0: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
  4. via Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASlender_Man_graffitti.jpg
  5. Sexy Fan Fiction: http://citypaper.net/Cover/Fifty-Shades-of-Orange/
  6. a weird piece of collaborative Internet horror fiction: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/slender-man
  7. Something Awful Forums: http://forums.somethingawful.com/
  8. actually been blamed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slender_Man#Alleged_inspired_attacks
  9. the blog of SumoCoupon: http://www.sumocoupon.com/most-trending-halloween-costumes-each-state/
  10. mawashi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mawashi
  11. top Halloween candies: http://www.sumocoupon.com/trending-halloween-candy-each-state/
  12. Uproxx: http://uproxx.com/webculture/2014/10/which-halloween-costumes-and-candies-are-most-popular-in-your-state-this-year/

Source URL: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/10/31/slenderman-halloween-popular-pennsylvania/