Amy Childs and Boris Johnson are the two most popular celebrity Halloween costumes this year


Scarier than a zombie Amy Childs and Boris Johnson are the two most popular celebrity Halloween costumes this year

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18:48 GMT, 17 October 2012

It could be seen as the highest form of flattery – or the ultimate insult. A survey has revealed that former TOWIE star Amy Childs and eccentric politician Boris Johnson are two of the most popular characters we want to dress up as this Halloween.

With Halloween now officially the second biggest family celebration of the year, the poll, carried out by Greggs as part of their Halloween celebrations, revealed that the spooky festival is no longer mere child's play – more than half of adults will be dressing up to join in.

Scary Amy Childs was cited as one of the stars partygoers will be dressing up as this Halloween

Boris Johnson is proving a popular choice for Halloween costumes

Scary Amy Childs and Boris Johnson were cited as two of the stars partygoers will be dressing up as this Halloween

The usual spooky costumes top the list of get-ups Brits will be slipping into on the 31 October, with ghosts, witches and wizards proving the most popular.

A more adventurous 15 per cent said they would be choosing zombie, vampire or werewolf suits.

But perhaps proof that we are being influenced by our American cousins when it comes to costumes, many of those polled admitted they would rather dress as a celebrity than something traditionally scary – with Amy Childs, Boris Johnson or Simon Cowell mentioned as the stars they'd most like to lampoon.

Simon Cowell is proving to be a popular person for partygoers to dress up as this Hollywood

Many people are confess they want to dress up as Cheryl Cole this Halloween

Popular: Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole are proving to be a popular person for partygoers to dress up as this Hollywood

Financially, Halloween is big business – currently worth more than 280m in the UK – and more people than ever are planning to throw parties, decorate their house with a Halloween theme, buy a pumpkin or get in some Halloween treats for the occasion.

A spokesman for Greggs said: 'Halloween is a great excuse for adults to act like children again. Whether it’s dressing up, carving pumpkins, or spending the night in with some nail-biting horror flicks, they are truly immersing themselves in the spirit of the spooky day.

'The popularity of Zombie and Vampire-related films such as True Blood or Resident Evil are inspiring people to be more adventurous with their Halloween costumes. The more unusual fancy dress ideas, such as Boris Johnson or Simon Cowell perfectly capture our cheeky nature.'

PS: ZOMBIES TAKE OVER GREGGS ON THE HUNT FOR PASTIES

A Halloween-themed viral video created
by Greggs has taken the internet by storm, with 84,500 views on YouTube.

‘Britain Prepare for Zombies: Only Humans Allowed’
launched last week and depicts zombies with a sweet tooth who take over a
local Greggs shop to kill their cravings.