Hillary or the Donald — which mask will you wear?
If you need a Donald Trump mask for Halloween this year, you could be in yuge trouble if you wait until the last minute.
Masks of the Republican presidential candidate are a hot commodity this year, more popular than masks of Democratic rival Hilary Clinton, according to some manufacturers.
But don’t try to read those masks like tea leaves. A popular Halloween mask does not a president make. Sellers report that some people are buying Trump masks and get-ups to make fun of him. And women aren’t as likely as men to wear masks that cover their entire face, costume sellers say.
“If you want to be a scary as possible, there’s only one option,” mocks one writer at British news outlet Metro. “The most genuinely terrifying thing in the world in 2016: the state of U.S. politics.”
Masks for both candidates range from inexpensive, $5 cardboard faces-on-a-stick to latex wonders that cover the entire head that start around $25.
“Make your Halloween costume great again by adding a Combover Presidential Candidate Wig!” the Party City website pitches.
“This wig features frizzy bright yellow hair with a drastic combover side part. Use this Combover Presidential Candidate Wig as part of your Halloween costume for a truly presidential look that’s sure to spark conversation.”
Ironically, some Trump masks are made in Mexico, where Rubie’s Costume Co., said to be the world’s largest Halloween costume manufacturer, can’t keep up with the demand for the two styles of Trump masks it sells.
“I am definitely surprised by the demand,” company executive Howard Beige tells CBS News.
“We will be in production until the last few days before Halloween on these items. … At this point, we’re behind demand.”
Like Beige, Fred Hajjar in Michigan has been overwhelmed by the demand for Trump merchandise. His Costume Agent wholesale distributor and manufacturer sells Trump hair, a Trump hat and a $29.95 “Mexico Will Pay” jumpsuit.
Halloween Costumes.com told CBS that its Clinton merchandise is selling briskly, too, though they don’t have many costumes of the candidate who so loves her pant suits.
“Women aren’t super-excited to dress up in a pants suit,” the company’s Leigh Wendinger said.
But really, who needs pants on Halloween? Clearly not anyone dressing as a “sexy” Clinton or “sexy” Trump.
Online retailer Yandy.com in Phoenix is selling two sexy costumes that, while not specifically named after the candidates, are clearly Trump and Clinton.
That blond hair! That red hat!
The $70 “Donna 2.0” is a revamped version of it’s “Donna T. Rumpshaker” costume that sold out and generated “blockbuster sales” last year, according to Yandy.
“Costumes these days are often about capturing the timely story and transforming it into something fun and sexy,” Yandy.com founder and CEO Chad Horstman said in a news release.
“With this year’s presidential election in particular, it’s clear our customers are looking for any opportunity they can to have fun with it and lighten the mood this Halloween.”
Yandy’s “Clinton” costume came about because customers requested it. The $60 “Capitol Hill” is long on sleeves and short on skirt.
“The more feedback we received, the more it was clear that (customers) were looking for something that captured both sides of this year’s political rivalry and that could be worn this Halloween in tandem,” Horstman said, according to The Hill.
Speaking of tandem, Trump costumes were popular last Halloween, too. One do-it-your-self creation managed to capture the zeitgeist of two current pop culture references.