Put your sexy SpongeBob costume away, a new survey suggests sex appeal isn’t the best route to finding love on Halloween.
The survey conducted by Dating.com, part of the Dating Group and the company behind numerous online dating sites, revealed the costume categories that are the most and least effective in winning over a Halloween boo. (See what I did there).
According to the survey, if you want to attract someone on this mostly virtual Halloween, you’ll need a sense of humor. Nearly 70% of survey respondents deem funny costumes as the most attractive costume category.
Cute costumes ranked second highest (18%), followed by scary costumes (13%). Furthermore, two in 10 online daters have a costume picture displayed on their dating profile.
Nearly half of respondents (48%) declared Halloween as their favorite holiday for meeting new people, given its casual nature. When asked which costume category is specifically the least attractive, political costumes by far came out on top, backed by more than half of both men (68%) and women surveyed (52%).
“Halloween is an important holiday for singles looking to meet new people in a more casual setting,” said Maria Sullivan, Vice President and Dating Expert of Dating.com.
“This year is no different, other than the virtual and socially-distanced celebration formats required to safely partake in its festivities. It’s important to us to pinpoint what works and what doesn’t to make the search for love as effective as possible, right down the details of common costume pitfalls.”
Dating.com also offered up a few tips to increase your chances of finding a lasting connection including choosing a costume that best reflects your personality, finding out what local, outdoor attractions are available in your area and throwing a virtual Halloween party.
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