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BEANO reveals kids are dressing up as Boris Johnson this Halloween

British children will be dressing up as Boris Johnson this Halloween according to new research by Beano as the Prime Minister is named the ‘ghastliest figure of the 21st Century’ by two thirds of British parents and children.



Beano readers Jack Waterson (7), Presley Kempson (10) and Jamison McCarthy (10) took to the streets of Central London styled as three of the Prime Minister’s most ridiculous past looks; ‘Zipwire Boris’, ‘Biking Boris’ and ‘Bullingdon Boris’ to test reactions ahead of Halloween night.

The new study of 2,000 British parents and their children aged 6-14 shows over half (54%) of British families are drawing direct inspiration from Brexit for their Halloween plans this year with 28% dressing up as famous British politicians, and 20% using Brexit themed decorations.

Eight in ten (82%) British children have said that they now prefer modern and pop culture outfits for Halloween over traditional costumes such as ghosts, witches and vampires. The research has revealed the top 20 topical

Halloween outfit choices for 2019 which features Boris Johnson alongside modern pop culture favorites including

IT 2’s PennywiseThe Joker and characters from Stranger Things and hit video game Fortnite.

Top 20 topical Halloween 2019 costume choices according to British kids aged 6-14
Pennywise the clown from IT 2 23%  
Spiderman 18%  
The Joker 18%  
Baby Shark 13%  
Thanos from The Avengers 13%  
Incredible Hulk 13%  
Detective Pikachu 12%  
Minecraft Creeper 11%  
Maleficent 11%  
Boris Johnson 10%  
Venom 10%  
Ariana Grande 10%  
Wonder Woman 10%  
Princess Jasmine from Aladdin 9%  
Loot Llama from Fortnite 9%  
Demogorgon from Stranger Things 9%  
Captain Marvel 8%  
Donald Trump 8%  
Eleven from Stranger things 7%  
Jojo Siwa (YouTuber) 7%  

Three of the Prime Minister’s most ridiculous looks, including “Zipwire Boris”, “Biking Boris” and “Bullingdon Boris”, have been recreated to inspire little budding ‘Boo-ris Johnson’s’ this Halloween. Beano readers Jack Waterson (7), Jamison McCarthy (10) and Presley Kempson (10) took to the streets of Central London this month to test reactions to their “Boris” costumes ahead of Halloween night.

The “Zipwire Boris” design worn by Jack remembers when Boris was left dangling on a wire, 20ft in the air at the 2012 Olympic Games. It includes a helmet, harness, British flags and DIY zip wire made from two brooms and spray-painted rope. Presley’s ‘Biking Boris’ was inspired by Bojo’s passion for cycling and styled from the many snaps of Boris on his daily commute. Finally, Jamison’s ‘Bullingdon Boris’ was modelled on Boris’ younger Oxford days as part of the elite and notorious Bullingdon Club.

Trumped only by the US President, Donald Trump; Mr Johnson has also been identified as the second ‘scariest celebrity’ of 2019 alongside political rivals including Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage, as almost two thirds of kids (60%) admit today’s politicians give them the heebie-jeebies. 

Scariest celebrities according to British Children aged 6-14
Donald Trump 57%  
Boris Johnson 42%  
Kim Jong-Un 41%  
Marilyn Manson 35%  
Ozzy Osbourne 34%  
Vladimir Putin 33%  
Theresa May 24%  
Jeremy Corbyn 23%  
Gordon Ramsay 21%  
Nigel Farage 21%  

Mike Stirling, Editorial Director of Beano Studios, said “Kids today are far more clued up as to what’s going on in the world and with Brexit on everyone’s lips, it’s unsurprising that we’ll  be seeing a horde of mini Boris’ taking over the streets of the UK this Halloween, with a Jeremy Corbyn or two.”

To celebrate Halloween this year, brave visitors to Beano’s digital platform can transform the site into ‘Nightmare mode’ for a spooktacular experience and watch videos covering tips, tricks, jokes and costume ideas to make 2019 the best Halloween ever. 

For more great Halloween 2019 inspiration and to watch how to make your own DIY “Boris” outfit visit


Wood, furniture & electrical among more items allowed at Crawley’s Waste Recycling Site from Monday



Household Waste Recycling Sites will start accepting more items including wood, furniture and electrical items from Monday 1st June.

Residents will be able to dispose of the following items at all sites in West Sussex:

• garden waste
• general household waste
• wood
• cardboard
• electrical items
• bulky items
• white goods
• furniture.

Unfortunately, soil, hardcore, plasterboard, asbestos, tyres and textiles/clothes will not be allowed at this time. This is to ensure social distancing measures can be maintained and to limit queues.

The mobile services at Selsey and the Witterings will begin reopening from Thursday 4 June for wood and green waste only, starting with the Witterings.

Residents are still asked to only visit sites if their journey is necessary and their waste or recycling is not suitable for kerbside collection.

Social distancing measures are in place at all sites which means a smaller number of people will be allowed in at one time, and could result in long queues.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“The sites will soon be able to accept a much wider variety of waste, starting from Monday 1st June, including cardboard, electrical items and furniture. I am also pleased to say we are reopening the mobile services at Selsey and the Witterings from Thursday 4 June for green waste and wood only, starting with the Witterings.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been storing their waste safely at home up until now.

“Sites are likely to be busy with long queues so please consider whether your journey is necessary before you set off.”

Vans and pickup trucks with a permit can now enter sites. Trailers are still not allowed at this time, to help ensure social distancing and to limit queues.

To apply for a van or pickup permit, visit:

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