British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been named “ghastliest figure of 21st Century” by two thirds of British parents and children in a Beano poll – and earns his place in 2019’s top Halloween costumes for kids alongside The Joker and characters from Fortnite and Stranger Things.
The Prime Minister is only trumped by US President Donald Trump for the title of “scariest celebrity” as 60% of British children also admit today’s politicians give them the spooks.
The new study of 2000 British parents and their children aged 6-14 shows over half (54%) of British families are drawing direct inspiration from Brexit for their Halloween plans this year with 28% dressing up as famous British politicians, and 20% using Brexit themed decorations.
Eight in ten (82%) British children have said that they now prefer modern and pop culture outfits for Halloween over traditional costumes such as ghosts, witches and vampires.
Three of the Prime Minister’s most ridiculous looks – “Zipwire Boris”, “Biking Boris” and “Bullingdon Boris” – have been recreated to inspire little budding ‘Boo-ris Johnson’s’ this Halloween. Beano readers Jack Waterson (7), Jamison McCarthy (10) and Presley Kempson (10) took to the streets of Central London this month to test reactions to their “Boris” costumes ahead of Halloween night.
The “Zipwire Boris” design worn by Jack remembers when Boris was left dangling on a wire, 20ft in the air at the 2012 Olympic Games. It includes a helmet, harness, British flags and DIY zip wire made from two brooms and spray-painted rope. Presley’s ‘Biking Boris’ was inspired by Bojo’s passion for cycling and styled from the many snaps of Boris on his daily commute. Finally, Jamison’s ‘Bullingdon Boris’ was modelled on Boris’ younger Oxford days as part of the elite and notorious Bullingdon Club.
Trumped only by the US President, Donald Trump; Mr Johnson has also been identified as the second “scariest celebrity” of 2019 alongside political rivals including Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage, as almost two thirds of kids (60%) admit today’s politicians give them the heebie-jeebies.
Mike Stirling, Editorial Director of Beano Studios, said “Kids today are far more clued up as to what’s going on in the world and with Brexit on everyone’s lips, it’s unsurprising that we’ll be seeing a horde of mini Boris’ taking over the streets of the UK this Halloween, with a Jeremy Corbyn or two.”
To celebrate Halloween this year, brave visitors to Beano’s digital platform Beano.com can transform the site into ‘Nightmare mode’ for a spooktacular experience and watch videos covering tips, tricks, jokes and costume ideas to make 2019 the best Halloween ever.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.