Next Monday is Halloween. I hope you’re ready! We finally had time to get costumes: My daughter will be Elsa from Frozen, and my son is going as Darth Vader. (I’m dressing up, too. I’m going as a pirate. My husband will be handling the Trick or Treaters that come to our house while we’re out collecting treats.)

Halloween costumes are a big business. According to the National Retail Foundation, the amount spent on Halloween costumes this year is expected to reach $3.1 billion!

The NRF recently conducted a survey and found these to be the most popular costumes per age group:

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 (Wonder Woman, Superman)
  7. Frozen Character (Anna, Elsa, Olaf)
  8. Marvel Superhero
  9. Zombie
  10. Spiderman

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 DC Superhero (Wonder Woman, Superman)
  5. Vampire
  6. Video Game Character
  7. Slasher Movie Villain (Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, etc.)
  8. Pirate
  9. Star Wars Character
  10. Zombie

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

As you can see, Halloween is not just for kids!

What are you or the kids in your life going to be for Halloween? Let me know!

And here are the results from last week’s poll, which asked “What are you planning to give out for Halloween?”

  • Candy: 68.29%
  • Small toys/gifts: 13.41%
  • Snacks (chips/pretzels): 9.76%
  • Money: 2.44%
  • Fruit: 2.44%
  • Nothing: 23.17%

Have a happy, safe, and fun Halloween.

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