Phobias in the Flesh: Costumes that Capitalize on the Nations Top Fears [Infographic]

by |October 20, 2012
Categories: Infographics

Phobia Costumes

Do you know someone who’s mortified of something you don’t think twice about? Perhaps this Halloween is your chance to get a little sweet revenge on that nagging neighbor. We’ve compiled a list of the nation’s top phobias and paired them with corresponding costumes that are sure to cause a fright this Halloween! Below, you’ll discover exactly what that fear is called along with some fun facts and which Halloween costumes to wear for the most shocking reaction!

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Phobias in the Flesh

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Phobias Fun Facts!


68% of Americans are Necrophobic, which is the irrational fear of dead things and corpses (including things associated with death such as coffins, graveyards, tombstones, etc.).



The Black Widow is the deadliest spider in the US, with a bite 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s bite. The largest spider in the world is the Goliath Bird-eating Spider of South America. 



Aviophibia is the fear of being on a flying vehicle. Annually, the risk of being killed in a plane crash for American’s is 1 in 11 million.



People in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas search ‘claustrophobia’ more than in any other place in the US.



The abnormal fear of thunder and lightning is Brontophobia, and Florida counts more deaths to this than all other US states combined.



An irrational and extreme fear of blood is called Hemophobia. Sufferers can experience increased heart rate, shallow breathing, uncontrollable trembling, fainting and changes of blood flow, while in the presence of blood.



The passenger pigeon was once so abundant in North America, flocks could number in the millions. Someone with Ornithophobia would have an irrational fear of this type of flock.



Between 7,000 and 8,000 Americans are bitten by venomous snakes each year.



Roughly 1 in 3 Americans are afraid of the dentist and share this phobia.



The abnormal fear of witches, witchcraft and black magic is Wiccaphobia. Roughly 95% of American witch executions occurred in New England.

Aleksandra Sobic

Aleksandra is’s brand manager and senior Mario consultant. She believes that her stature, hair, passion for pink, and reverence of cake, make her the ideal candidate to play Princess Peach on Broadway. Some additional interests include crafting, wine, correcting people’s grammar, obsessing over Jurassic Park (remember, women inherit the earth!), and brainstorming ways to make sexy costume representations of typically un-sexy pop culture characters. Donkey Kong was a breeze but Jabba the Hutt is proving formidable.