2016's Top 10 Halloween Costumes for Kids, Adults & Pets Too!
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2016's Top 10 Halloween Costumes for Kids, Adults & Pets Too!

by Martha Scully

Everyone wants to have a great Halloween costume. They want to be the person who wins the best costume award at the Halloween party they attend, and they want to have a costume that gets people talking. Often, the most popular Halloween costumes are timely, rooted in pop culture, or are simply over the top. The key is to choose a costume you are comfortable with and one that reflects your interests and creativity.

Whether you are looking for a costume for the kids, yourself, or even for your pets, we have some great costume ideas for you.

Top 10 Halloween Costumes for Kids in 2016

There is one question that pops up every Halloween, and the answer to the question often defines the theme and your memories for a particular year – What is the most popular Halloween costume for kids?

If you have kids, you probably already have a good idea because your kids have likely already asked you to go shopping for the costume. If you don’t have kids and are just handing out candy, you will get a good idea of the preferred costume for the year simply by the number of the same costumes you see.

So, what are the most popular Halloween costumes for kids this year? According to a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) it is the year of the superhero. This is not a real surprise considering how many new superhero movies, TV shows, and games have been introduced over the past few years.

The superhero costume also ends an 11-year reign for princess costumes on top of the list of kids’ costumes.

“More than three million children will dress as their favorite action or superhero, 2.9 million will dress as their favorite princess and 2.5 million plan to dress as a cat, dog, bunny or other animal…” says Treacy Reynolds from NRF.

Here is the list of top 10 costumes for kids

  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

Top 10 Halloween Costumes for Adults

What About Costumes for Adults? We all know that Halloween has become popular with the millennial generation, and more adults than ever are dressing up.

Just in case you plan on dressing up yourself and take the kids trick or treating or have a Halloween party to attend, it’s important that you have a great costume. The superhero theme continues with adults, as well.

“As millennials plan for their party attire for Halloween weekend, more than 9 percent will reach for a Batman costume, followed by 6.1 percent opting for witch hats and brooms and five percent planning to dress as an animal…” says Reynolds.

Here are the top 10 costumes for adults from 18-34

  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

Top Halloween Costumes for Adults over 35

Even older adults are getting in the spirit. Adults who are 35+ follow a similar pattern of younger adults:

  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.)

Top 10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

We can’t forget about the most popular Halloween costumes for your furry friends. When families say the entire family is dressing up for Halloween, this includes pets.

“16 percent of consumers plan to dress their pets in costume this year and 86.7 percent of those consumers already have a plan for their pet’s costumes. Pumpkin, hot dog and bumblebee are at the top of the list again this year…” says Reynolds.

Here are the top 10 costumes for pets in 2016

  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

Want to Stand Out? Buck the Trend

While all of these costumes are great ideas, and very timely, if you truly want to stand about among the millions of superheroes, zombies, and vampires, try something different. Put a spin on a popular idea, combine a number of costumes or come up with something completely unique. Halloween is a great time to be creative and have fun with your costume.

With superheroes reigning supreme this year, you should have no trouble finding some help if you run into a ghost, zombie or vampire. Whether your costume is common or unique, choose one that is what you want to be this year and have fun with it.

For some great DIY kids costume ideas check out: 15 Clever & Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Happy Halloween!



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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.