Hot For Halloween: Donald, Hillary…And Evil Clowns

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Don’t be surprised if Donald Trump comes to your front door this Halloween.

Or Hillary Clinton.

Or maybe a pack of evil clowns.

All of the makings for those costumes are flying off the racks at Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon Party Warehouse at Interstate 44 and Jefferson Avenue in south St. Louis, the “biggest store in the universe” according to owner Ed Brock.

The 2016 race for the White House has sparked big sales of masks like these at Johnnie Brock's Dungeon Party Warehouse, I-44 at Jefferson. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

The 2016 race for the White House has sparked big sales of masks like these at Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon Party Warehouse, I-44 at Jefferson. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

“Certainly political paraphernalia is very popular,” Brock says. “Donald and Hillary masks, Donald and Hillary wigs…very, very popular right now. My No. 1 selling hat, probably of all time, is ‘Make America Great Again.'”

Brock’s been in business since 1984 and says he’s noticed an interesting phenomenon during past election years – the candidate whose costume sells the most that Halloween invariably wins the presidential election the following month.

But you may have to rely on traditional polling in 2016 because Brock says neither White House hopeful has the edge in his store.

“They’re selling equally,” he points out. “Donald did have an edge earlier, but Hillary’s coming on strong.”

(KMOX/Brett Blume)

(KMOX/Brett Blume)

And as long as we’re on the topic of politics, what about a certain question asker at the Washington University presidential debate who took the social media world by storm with his “aw shucks” charm and bright red sweater?

Even before reports of Ken Bone’s highly questionable comment history on Reddit broke, Brock confirmed that his establishment will not be a “Bone Zone.”

Nothing personal, it’s just that the timing of Bone’s rocket ride to stardom was off.

“At this point we’re skipping that,” according to Brock. “We couldn’t react quick enough. We did have some red sweaters but they flew out. We can’t really get any more so I’m letting that go.”

(KMOX/Brett Blume)

(KMOX/Brett Blume)

However, the rash of “evil clown” sightings both locally and across the country could not have come at a better time for a store specializing in Halloween costumes.

“Clowns have been popular…scary clowns,” Brock confirms. “But scary clowns have always popular, they’ve been creepy since I was a kid!”

Hot pop culture trends are also good for sales prior to October 31st, and for 2016 that means “Suicide Squad,” especially the Joker and Harley Quinn, “Deadpool,” “Ghostbusters” and even Prince, following the pop icon’s death earlier this year at the age of 57.

And then there are the perennial favorites such as anything and everything “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” super heroes in general, and classic Halloween favorites like vampires and witches.

If you haven’t done so already you can get a start on your Halloween costume by going to

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