SALEM, N.H. (AP) – Maybe it’s because New Hampshire residents have seen the candidates enough in person, but political Halloween masks aren’t flying off the shelves like they used to.

“During the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal, they were very popular,” said Nicole Beauregard, assistant manager at Spirit Halloween. “maybe they aren’t scandalous enough anymore.”

Spirit Halloween has sold only a handful of its John McCain, Barack Obama, George Bush and Hillary Clinton masks, she said. Batman-related costumes are the most popular for young children, while teenage girls and young women are going for “sexy” looks, she said.

Partyrama, a chain with stores in Salem, Plaistow and Londonderry, didn’t even bother ordering political masks this year because they haven’t been a big seller in the past, said Jesse Morgan, president of operations.

Claire Renaud, owner of the Costume Gallery in Derry has sold about a dozen political masks. Like others, she said the masks were more popular in the Clinton years.

“Maybe we, as a society, have evolved to realize covering our faces in latex is uncomfortable,” she said.


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