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Halloween Costume Trends For 2016: Princesses Fall, Superheroes Rise

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photo Via Lovelane

Oh, Halloween costumes. For some parents (us included) it’s one of our favorite seasons for family fun and absolutely wonderstruck children. Interestingly enough, you might feel the tide shift (just a little) while you’re out trick-or-treating this year, in regards to the costumes you spot out and about.

According to a poll conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF), for the first time in 11 years, princess costumes won’t be reigning in 2016, instead superhero getups have taken the top spot as the most popular choice for kids this year, with over 3 million children choosing to dress as their favorite action or superhero, 2.9 million dressing as their favorite princess, and 2.5 million planning to dress as a cat, dog, bunny, or other animal. Of course, that’s not all that parents will shell out an expected $3.1 billion for (67% of parents buy costumes vs. make them, according to the research). Check out the top 10 most popular costumes for children (and the rest of the family), below!

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 (excluding Batman)
7. Frozen Character (Anna, Elsa, Olaf)
8. Marvel Superhero (excluding Spiderman)
9. Zombie
10. Spiderman

MOST POPULAR ADULT COSTUMES (18 to 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 DC Superhero (Wonder Woman, Superman, excluding Batman)
5. Vampire
6. Video Game Character
7. Slasher Movie Villain (Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, etc.)
8. Pirate
9. Star Wars Character
10. Zombie

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, excluding Batman) and Star Wars Character
8. Tie: Ghost and Zombie
9. Scary Costume/Mask
10. Marvel Superhero (Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, etc.)

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

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