• Global supply chain issues have made sourcing a Halloween costume more difficult for some buyers.
  • Trendy outfits, including those inspired by “Squid Game”, were among those that were rare.
  • However, traditional costumes, including cowboys and medics, were quite plentiful, according to the NYT.

The current supply chain crisis has hampered buyers in their search for very popular Halloween costumes, including those inspired by the characters from “Squid Game”.

While Amazon, for example, had many costumes inspired by the hit

Netflix
show, many wouldn’t arrive until mid-November, its shopping app showed.

And as the New York Times reported, in mid-October, customers should have paid $ 60 in shipping for a $ 26 “Squid Game”-inspired outfit that arrived in time for Halloween.

The more traditional costumes, however, were quite plentiful. Halloween costume enthusiast John Shea told the store that he visited a Spirit Halloween store and was able to find some of the classics including cowboys, doctors and “sexy nurses.”

In pre-pandemic times, people still struggled to get hold of a completely trendy suit, due to the pace of manufacturing, but supply chain issues made it even more difficult, according to the Times.

Normally, topical costumes would take at least three months to arrive on time, but under current conditions, consumers should have ordered their clothes six to nine months in advance, the report adds.

“Squid Game” became Netflix’s most watched show after it premiered in September. It follows a group of people who go head-to-head in a series of deadly kid games to earn enough money to pay off their debts.

The series is expected to generate nearly $ 900 million for the streaming platform, although it costs only $ 21 million.

It has also inspired countless Halloween costumes, with DIY tutorials flooding the internet. The hashtags related to “Squid Game” Halloween costumes have almost reached a million views on TikTok, where users are creating guides on how to put the outfits together inexpensively, Insider’s Heather Schiltz reported.

An extensive global supply chain has made everything from chicken wings, diapers and toilet paper to homes, furniture, computer chips and cars, Insider’s Grace Kay reported.

The shortages come at a time when Halloween fans have a pent-up demand for festivities after last year’s vacation was hit by COVID-19 restrictions. Consumer spending on Halloween-related items is expected to hit a record $ 10.4 billion, according to the National Retail Federation.

It wasn’t just the scariest season of the year that was affected; the logistical nightmare also threatens a litany of festive products, including Christmas trees.