40 most popular Halloween costumes

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40 most popular Halloween costumes
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Halloween is just around the corner. Did you get your costume yet?

Americans are expected to spend $3.1 billion on costumes alone this year, according to the National Retail Foundation’s (NRF) 2016 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey.

Last year, we spent spent $1.2 billion on adult costumes, $950 million on children’s costumes and $350 million on pet costumes. So there’s a predicted year-over-year increase of roughly half a million dollars for 2016!

But that doesn’t mean your Halloween costume has to be expensive. Our own Deacon Hayes recently wrote about 10 amazingly cheap Halloween costume ideas.

If you need some inspiration to get your mind going about what you could be this Halloween, here’s what the NRF says are the most popular costumes…

Read more: 5 ways to spend less on Halloween

Children’s costumes

  1. Action/Superhero
  2. Princess
  3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Lion, Monkey, etc.)
  4. Batman Character
  5. Star Wars Character
  6. Tie: Witch AND DC Superhero (excl. Batman)
  7. Frozen Character (Anna, Elsa, Olaf)
  8. Marvel Superhero (excl. Spiderman)
  9. Zombie

Adults 18-34 years old

  1. Batman Character (Batman, Harley Quinn, The Joker, etc.)
  2. Witch
  3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Bunny, etc.)
  4. Tie: Marvel Superhero (Deadpool, Spiderman, etc.) -and- D.C. Superhero (Wonder Woman, Superman, excl. Batman)
  5. Vampire
  6. Video Game Character
  7. Slasher Movie Villain (Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, etc.)
  8. Pirate
  9. Star Wars Character
  10. Zombie

40 most popular Halloween costumes

Adults 35+

  1. Witch
  2. Pirate
  3. Political (Trump, Clinton, etc.)
  4. Vampire
  5. Batman Character (Batman, Catwoman, etc.)
  6. Animal (Cat, Dog, Bunny, etc.)
  7. Tie: DC Superhero (Superman, Wonder Woman, excl. Batman) and Star Wars Character
  8. Tie: Ghost and Zombie
  9. Scary Costume/Mask
  10. Marvel Superhero (Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, etc.) 

Pet costumes

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Hot Dog
  3. Bumble Bee
  4. Tie: Lion and Star Wars Character
  5. Devil
  6. Batman Character
  7. Witch
  8. Superman
  9. Action/Superhero
  10. Cat

Read more: 10 healthy Halloween alternatives that will save you money

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring unique savings tips to men and women like him who must face life without their spouses. He can be reached at [email protected]
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