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Helena Bonham Carter, queen of Halloween frights

October 18, 2010

This item is both good, and perhaps not so good, for director Tim Burton. His long-term companion, Helena Bonham Carter, has had the distinct honor (some might say dubious distinction) of making it on a list — twice — of top movie-themed Halloween costumes. The first time, she is a queen (good) and the second, a witch (not so good, although given Burton’s taste in characters  — Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd — he might think it’s cool).

Online movie ticket seller Fandango.com polled some  2,200 people on its website, asking them about the upcoming ghoulish holiday where people dress like goblins or werewolves and play tricks or get treats. Fifty-five percent said they would dress up and of those, 58 percent said they’d pick a movie-themed costume.

Among women, the top costume was Alice from Burton’s version of the classic “Alice in Wonderland” and at No. 2 was the Red Queen, also from that movie and portrayed by Carter. The actress’ role as witch Bellatrix Lestrange in the “Harry Potter” movies was No. 5.  (pictured above left).  Sandwiched in-between were  Barbie from “Toy Story 3″ in the No. 3 position and Hit-Girl from the action adventure “Kick-Ass” at No. 4.

For men, the top costume was “Iron Man” (who is played by Robert Downey, Jr.), followed by the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in “Alice” and the Kick-Ass character in “Kick-Ass” (Aaron Johnson) rounding out the top 3. Bloodthirsty Jigsaw of the “Saw” movies and the menacing Machete from the film of the same name completed the No. 4 and No. 5 positions.

Where group themes were concerned, the Mad Hatter and Alice from “Alice” topped the list in a tie with Ken & Barbie from “Toy Story 3,” and Shrek and Princess Fiona from “Shrek Forever After” were in the No. 3 position. Suprisingly, given the film’s popularity, the blue Navi’i people of “Avatar” fame were down the list at No. 6, but they did beat out the cast of characters in the “Harry Potter” movies. And in another sign that the popularity of “Harry Potter” is wearing thin on movie audiences, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was No. 9 on the list favorite male costumes, just knocking off No. 10, Harry Potter.

Happy Halloween.

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