Political Halloween Masks

From Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton to Sarah Palin, Americans have been dressing up as their favorite (or most hated) political figures for years. This year, retailers are finding demand split between the tried and true like George W. Bush and the Clintons, and relative Halloween newcomers like Barack and Michelle Obama.

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    Barack Obama

    Jeff Wiseman, V.P. of Marketing and Business Development of CostumeCraze.com, mused about the "political implications" of costume sales: "While Barack Obama is still number one, his sales have dropped more than 61 percent [from last year]. Ronald Reagan had the largest gain, with a whopping 425 percent increase, perhaps indicating the public wants Reaganomics and not Obamaism? Hmm..." $13.95, CostumeCraze.com
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    John McCain

    John McCain masks, which were the second-best sellers last year, have faded to seventh since he lost the presidential election. $13.95, CostumeCraze.com
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    Condoleeza Rice

    Condoleeza Rice masks dropped slightly from seventh in 2008 to eighth in 2009 on CostumeCraze.com. $15.75, on sale from $19.69, CostumeCraze.com
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    Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney masks have reflected his political popularity, though he is still in the top ten. $13.95, CostumeCraze.com
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    Rudy Giuliani

    Rudy Giuliani masks have stayed consistent. This year, sales are roughly equal with Romney masks. $13.95, CostumeCraze.com
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    Al Gore

    Al Gore masks remained in the top ten of sales on CostumeCraze.com. $19.95, CostumeCraze.com
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    Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan masks saw the biggest increase in sales, 425 percent, on CostumeCraze.com between 2008 and 2009 $19.95, CostumeCraze.com  
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governator, has been a consistent choice for a Halloween costume, moving up from fifth to fourth this year. $12.95, CostumeCraze.com
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    Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton masks are the second-best sellers on CostumeCraze.com. "Hillary outsells Bill year after year," V.P. of Marketing and Business Development Jeff Wiseman said. "Should that settle the debate as to who wore the pants in the White House? She wears the mask, at any rate!" $15.99, on sale from $19.99, CostumeCraze.com
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    Bill Clinton

    Bill Clinton masks moved up from fourth in 2008 to third in 2009 even though he hasn't been president for almost 10 years.  $26.99, CostumeCraze.com
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    Barack Obama

    This Barack Obama mask is the top seller on Halloween-Mask.com. Many sellers reported that the Obama masks are their number one item this Fall. $22, Halloween-Mask.com   
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    Hillary Clinton

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have lost the democratic primary, but she is still popular with Halloween celebrators. This Hillary mask is behind only Obama on Halloween-Mask.com $22, Halloween-Mask.com
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    George W. Bush

    George W. Bush masks have met decreased demand for this retailer. $29, Halloween-Mask.com
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    Dick Cheney

    Dick Cheney masks have also seen a drop in sales since the change in administrations. $29, Halloween-Mask.com
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    Barack Obama, as the Joker

    For a darker, more Halloween-themed look, this mask combines Barack Obama with the Joker. $99.99, Halloween-Mask.com
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    Donald Rumseld

    Halloween-Mask.com captions this Donald Rumsfeld mask "Huntin' seasons' almost here!" $29, Halloween-Mask.com
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    Barack Obama

    Halloweencostumes.com said deluxe Barack Obama masks like this one are selling 10 times as well as cheaper Obama masks. They indicated sales of Obama masks are consistent with last year. $19.99, HalloweenCostumes.com
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    John F. Kennedy

    John F. Kennedy masks sell well on HalloweenCostumes.com, especially in conjunction with Marilyn Monroe masks. $18.99, HalloweenCostumes.com
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    Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon masks also traditionally sell well. $18.99, HalloweenCostumes.com
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    Barack Obama

    Barack Obama masks have been the best sellers on PoliticalMasks.com $16.99, PoliticalMasks.com
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    Hillary Clinton

    PoliticalMasks.com said Hillary Clinton masks are selling well, though not quite as well as Obama masks, their top item. $16.99, PoliticalMasks.com
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    George W. Bush

    George W. Bush masks are the best sellers on Costumes4Less.com for September and October, beating out Obama and Michael Jackson masks, which led the way in July and August.  (l) $19.95, (r) $10.95, (b) $11.95, Costumes4Less.com
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    Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan masks are the second-best sellers on Costumes4Less.com. $18.95, Costumes4Less.com
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    Michelle Obama

    Michelle Obama masks are fourth behind Richard Nixon on Costumes4Less.com.  "People are asking a lot for Michelle," Shan Bourne, the manager of Spirit Halloween store in New York City said. "We've seen a lot of demand for her." $19.95, Costumes4Less.com
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    Newt Gingrich

    Newt Gingrich masks round out the top five in sales at Costumes4Less.com. $19.95, Costumes4Less.com
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    Bill Clinton

    HalloweenStore.com says Bill Clinton masks have always been a consistent seller. $4.99, HalloweenStore.com  
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    Wild Bill Clinton

    This "Wild" Bill Clinton mask is sold out. $19.99, HalloweenStore.com
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    Dick Cheney

    Dick Cheney masks are also selling well. $24.95, CostumeKingdom.com
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    Barack Obama

    Barack Obama masks are the top political masks on CostumeKingdom.com $19.95, CostumeKingdom.com
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    Pumpkin Obama

    At the Halloween Adventure Shop in New York's East Village, there are a variety of Obama masks available, including this one where he is depicted as a pumpkin. Halloween Adventure Shop, NewYorkCostumes.com
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    Barack Obama and Dick Cheney

    Costume stores make strange bedfellows. Here, Barack Obama and Dick Cheney hang happily next to each other. Halloween Adventure Shop, NewYorkCostumes.com
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    Liberty Condi and Barack Obama

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    Bernie Madoff

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    Hillary Clinton

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    Super Mario

    CostumeKingdom.com says Obama masks are selling well, but Super Mario costumes are a surprisingly big sell this year. $43.95, CostumeKingdom.com  
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    Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson outfits are the top sellers on CostumeKingdom.com $29.95, CostumeKingdom.com
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