Savers, Inc.

October 23, 2006 16:37 ET

Britney and K-Fed Named "Scariest" Halloween Couple Costume in Online Poll

Savers/Value Village Thrift Stores' Survey Unveils Top Costume Picks for 2006

SEATTLE, WA--(CCNMatthews - October 23, 2006) - After a whirlwind year with a new baby, paparazzi peril and a rap debut bomb, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were deemed this year's "Scariest Halloween Couple Costume" in Savers/Value Village Thrift Stores' annual online Halloween survey. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie came in a close second to the "Spederlines" when respondents named who they would pick if they had to dress up as the "Scariest Hollywood Couple." Additional survey findings indicated more than one-third of respondents would like to see George Bush dress up as a devil this Halloween.

Of the 800 Savers/Value Village survey respondents, the majority (92 percent) said they planned to wear a costume this Halloween, and nearly half (45 percent) said they plan to spend between $21 and $50 on their costumes. This year's top trends include "fantasy costumes," like superheroes, fairies and devils (39 percent), "dark costumes," including witches, vampires and goth (28 percent) and "pop culture costumes," such as celebrities and icons (18 percent).

"While fantasy costumes are the front runners this year, our survey shows that pop culture continues to play a huge role in costume decisions for Halloween," said Michelle Dutkewych, Savers' National Costume Coordinator. "Pirate and maiden costumes are hugely popular this year, no doubt influenced by the blockbuster 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise. Dark, gothic costumes and the 'short and sexy' trend are also really big this year."

Additional survey results include:

-- About one-third of respondents (36 percent) would like Jessica Simpson to dress up like a Vampiress, while only three percent wanted to see her dress up as Daisy Duke this Halloween.

-- About one-fourth of respondents (28 percent) would like to see Mel Gibson in a Jail Bird costume, closely followed by people who think he should dress as a Lounge Lizard (25 percent).

With more than 200 stores spanning the United States, Canada and Australia, Savers/Value Village is the leading Halloween destination for savvy shoppers. Known for the perfect mix of used thrift items and hundreds of new costumes, accessories and wigs, Savers/Value Village is the best budget-friendly resource for Halloween and last-minute costumes.

For those still looking for the perfect costume, Savers has plenty of costumes, accessories and used pieces to create the most authentic look for Halloween. Last-minute costume ideas include:



-- Punk Fairy - A new take on the traditional fairy look, pair a fancy
dress with black chunky lace-up boots, tall black socks, sparkly wings and
a punk wig.
-- Corpse Bride or Groom - For her, a wedding dress with rips, a veil
made from shredded white fabric, a silk flower bouquet and ghostly face
paint will perfect this look. For him, add a dark suit, white dress shirt,
grey tie and spooky face paint.
-- Roller Derby - With roller skates, a frilly skirt, tight tank top,
ribbon wrapped around the waist, layered chunky black belts, a punk wig and
temporary tattoos, you'll be ready to enter the ring.
-- Barbie & Ken - Shine in a pink dress, shiny belt, dressy shoes and a
signature long blonde wig for her, and for him add a white knit sweater,
pink collared shirt, blue seersucker pants and a blonde wig.


For additional Halloween costume suggestions, please visit www.halloweenhq.com

Editor's Note: High-resolution images for costume ideas available upon request.

About Savers, Inc.:

Founded in 1954, Savers, Inc. is a privately held for-profit international thrift store chain with over 200 locations in the United States, Canada and Australia. Known as Value Village in the western United States and the Canadian (and as Village des Valeurs in Quebec), the company benefits more than 110 local non-profit organizations by purchasing and reselling donated items. The result has been over $1 billion directly paid to partners and charities. The company employs more than 8,000 people in 25 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces and Australia. Visit www.savers.com or www.valuevillage.com for more information.


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