Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Your Halloween Frightgeist

If you want to be seen wearing the most fashionable costume this Halloween then you need to dress in your best wicked witch outfit. According to the number of searches for different Halloween costumes made by Google users in the United States then you should see more witches trick or treating this year than any other type of diabolical apparition. The second most popular costume search being made on Google this year is for rabbit costumes. 

You can explore for yourself where people are searching the most for different types of Halloween costume on Google Frightgeist.This spooky Google Trends visualization allows you to see the most searched for costumes in different American cities and see where the most popular costumes are being searched across the USA.

Witch's costumes are being searched for the most in Austin TX, Columbia SC and Biloxi-Gulfport MS. Clown costumes are being searched for most in Waco-Temple-Bryan TX, Columbia SC and Lexington KY. Vampire costumes (only the 15th most popular costume this year across the whole country) are being searched for most in Waco-Temple-Bryan TX, Los Angeles CA, and New York NY. 


If you want to know what places to avoid this Halloween then you need the Fantastic Folklore and Magical Myths interactive map. The world is full of frightening ghosts, monsters and mythical creatures. For example Russians are haunted by the skeletal form of Koschei the Deathless, the legendary kidnapper of young women. In Guatemala you need to keep a wary eye out for Jaguar, the God of Fire, with his pointy fangs and catlike ears. In Denmark you don't want to accidentally bump into the Huldufolk, a race of elves who are responsible for local landslides and crop failures.

You can find all these monsters of the world and many more on the Fantastic Folklore and Magical Myths map. Just click on all the monster shaped map markers on this map to learn more about the different fantastical creatures of the world. 

If you are actually looking for a spooky sounding location to spend this Halloween then you should consult the 13 Spooky Halloween Haunts interactive map. This map plots the locations of some of America's most frightening place-names. It also explains how these scary places earned their spooky names.

For example there is a Dead Women Crossing in Oklahoma, which was named for the headless corpse of a young schoolteacher who was found there in 1904. If that isn't scary enough for you then why not spend the night at Murder Creek, Alabama, named for the party of loyalists robbed and murdered here during the Revolutionary War.

Don't worry if you don't live anywhere near any of these 13 spooky Halloween haunts. These aren't the only locations with scary place names in the USA. Batchgeo has created an interactive map featuring many more. The Scary Place Names for Halloween map shows the locations of places throughout the country which feature the words 'Ghost', 'Jack-o-lantern', 'Witch', 'Dracula', 'Murderer' or 'Demon' somewhere in their name.

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