LIST | Top Halloween costumes for 2016

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Princesses are no longer the queen of Halloween costumes.

After an 11-year reign at the top of the list of most popular children's costumes, the Princess has fallen to the No. 2 spot.

The top children's costume is an action/superhero costume, according to the National Retail Federation.

Animal, Batman character, and Star Wars character round out the top five.


  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
  10. Spiderman

For big kids up to age 34, the Batman character is No. 1. Those include the Batman, Harley Quinn and The Joker.

The Witch is the second most popular costume, followed by an animal. The Marvel and DC superhero costumes tied for third, followed by Vampire and Video Game character.


  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, 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

For adults over 35, Witch, Pirate, Political, Vampire and Batman character are the top five costumes.


  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.)

The top five pet costumes are Pumpkin, Hot Dog, Bumble Bee, Lion and Star Wars character (tie), and the Devil.


  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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