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Can you name the most common Halloween costumes for kids and adults (2008)?
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NOTE: (Generic) written next to an answer implies that there is a more specific version of that similar costume as another answer
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Sep 28th, 2009 at 10:14 GMT
NOTE: Essentially you are guessing the 20 most common costumes for children and adults. The margin of error is +-1.0%.
Sep 28th, 2009 at 12:29 GMT
Wow, fun idea for a quiz! I can't believe there's actually a source for this kind of information, how cool is that?
Sep 28th, 2009 at 16:27 GMT
Love the colors! That's showing a little thought. Good quiz. I'd accept "Princess" for Disney princess as well.
Sep 28th, 2009 at 18:09 GMT
Thanks to both of you. For the princesses, I wanted to establish a difference like I did with vampire and dracula, etc, because since there's a difference in the listing, I didn't want people to get both by guessing one, but if people keep voting up your comment I'll make sure to change it.
Sep 28th, 2009 at 20:26 GMT
I got mixed up when I typed Superman and Action/Super Hero turned up, so I didn't continue to guess Spiderman or Batman. Also, there should be more possible alternatives for political, I tried President, politician, and Bush but none worked. Great quiz though!
Sep 28th, 2009 at 21:55 GMT
Excellent seasonal quiz idea. If I can make a suggestion, perhaps add Chewbacca to the list of alternatives for "Star Wars Character"?
Sep 29th, 2009 at 18:45 GMT
haha i like how it accepted 'slut'. absolutely one of the most popular costumes for adults in college
Sep 29th, 2009 at 22:21 GMT
Adults WOULD be witches.
Sep 30th, 2009 at 16:52 GMT
I don't feel like I should have known Dora the Explorer...
Sep 30th, 2009 at 21:02 GMT
At least twelve of the adult costumes could include the word "sexy."
Oct 1st, 2009 at 11:36 GMT
Agree with Sally - Spiderman and Batman should be grouped under superhero - is anyone going to think to guess individual heroes with that on the board? However, I will say that I went to try "hobbit", and love the answer I got simply with the first two letters
Oct 1st, 2009 at 11:37 GMT
Also - my first three guesses (grim reaper, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger) are not on here. Is the idea of this holiday not to scare people anymore?
Oct 1st, 2009 at 14:40 GMT
I think the quiz is fine. Superhero (Other) hints that there are some specific superheros who are most popular. Based on the recent box-office success, those two are Batman and Spiderman. I also find it hilarious that my first guess after I hit start, "slut", was accepted, because I half typed it in as a joke.
Oct 1st, 2009 at 16:12 GMT
@MRL: I added chewbacca. @Sally: I added for more alternatives for political, as it was 2008 i only thought of having obama, mccain, palin, and biden, but's that's been fixed. As for the action/super hero, shawnoc basically made my point. I was hoping that the "other" next to super hero would indicate that there were more specific ones, but I shall make a slight adjustment to try and help that along. @dbcint: I can't put spiderman and batman all under superhero together because that messes up the list and I don't think they belong together. For example, the survey estimates that so and so % of kids dressed up specifically as batman, while so and so % dressed up as what they would call some sort of super hero. I added superman as an alternative so it would be easier to guess, but instead that added confusion. If I should remove that alternative, let me know. Finally, @rockgolf, I still have not added your suggestion because I personally disagree with it and I don't think you have enough up votes yet. (I have not voted on that comment). Sorry for late responses, but I didn't want to add too many comments.
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 02:57 GMT
@aerodynamic: I had "super", and nearly typed hero, but went for man instead. When it came up as superhero, I assumed that if one had that label, they all would. If others are making the same mistake, and you think it would clarify, remove that alternative
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 14:05 GMT
kinda funny, i tried typing hobo and the first two letter gave me the wench/tart/vixen answer.
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 19:49 GMT
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 20:54 GMT
i tried spud-nik, hoping for a bonus
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 23:13 GMT
Right, so... NOTE: I took the advice of dbcint's third comment and removed all alternatives for action/super hero that included specific super heroes. For example I had not only superman, but wonder woman, iron man, the fantastic four, etc. listed, but those have now been removed. Because I consider myself to be relatively generous with alternatives (you can get athlete by typing in "hamm" for example, try it... (as in "mia hamm", completely unnecessary as no one would ever guess that but she's there)), I didn't really want to make this quiz any easier by allowing multiple things to come up for typing in the same guess, as while I'm okay with tons of alternatives I don't like that. THEREFORE, IF I COULD ADD A NOTE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE IT WOULD BE that the word (generic) written next to an answer implies that there is a more specific version of that similar costume as another answer, thereby giving a very generous hint without actually giving away an answer.
Oct 3rd, 2009 at 02:19 GMT
minor fix but you've got an extra space after the comma under the # of children/adults for the second Adult #5
Oct 3rd, 2009 at 03:18 GMT
It's a shame that in this day and age, all of these commercial costumes take away from the true spirits of Halloween.
Oct 3rd, 2009 at 20:29 GMT
To put in my two cents' worth: I didn't see the quiz before you changed it from "other" to "generic". I think "other" would have made it more obvious to me that there were other answers in that category. Fun quiz, though!
Oct 4th, 2009 at 20:16 GMT
cool quiz. When I was out of ideas i just looked at my manga shelf and was like "oh fairy tail, lets guess fairy, oh gintama, lets guess samurai". I got about 5 answers this way.. :P
Oct 5th, 2009 at 04:48 GMT
Hannah Montana?! :|
Oct 6th, 2009 at 02:15 GMT
i started 2 write hobo and after i put ho in i got a big surprise what came up!
Oct 6th, 2009 at 02:25 GMT
Oct 6th, 2009 at 06:33 GMT
It should accept alternate spellings for fairy. (fay, fey, faery, faerie)
Oct 11th, 2009 at 19:14 GMT
Great quiz, and definitely has a LOT of potential, especially for the upcoming Halloween season. :)
Oct 25th, 2009 at 21:55 GMT
I thought this was really fun since you actually have a source and didn't just guess or use your favorites, haha. Maybe Sporcle can publish it in a few days!
Game published: Oct 29th, 2009 at 04:16 GMT
Oct 29th, 2009 at 04:20 GMT
Oct 29th, 2009 at 04:25 GMT
Hannah Montana didn't make the adult costume list??
Oct 29th, 2009 at 04:25 GMT
LOL HANNAH MONTANA. that's just funny hahaha
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Oct 29th, 2009 at 04:33 GMT
No marshmallow? Many kids dress like those around my part.
Oct 29th, 2009 at 04:34 GMT
I like how "slut" is accepted, because everyone knows adult female costumes are all "slutty ________."
Oct 29th, 2009 at 04:35 GMT
I like how S L you T is sensored.
Oct 29th, 2009 at 04:36 GMT
Hannah Montana!? Like Halloween couldn't get anymore frightening.
Oct 29th, 2009 at 04:48 GMT
Took it again to see if "slut" would be accepted...yep
Oct 29th, 2009 at 05:01 GMT
disney princess and princess should be the same, especially if slut qualifies for tramp, wench, vixen.
Oct 29th, 2009 at 05:06 GMT
@rockgrant even better than that is I was typing "horse" and it gave me tramp etc after typing "hor" ....thats not even spelled right! lol
Oct 29th, 2009 at 05:11 GMT
@punker_2k5: It might just be taking the first two letters.
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