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Pumpkins, princesses, zombies, and witches will be among the most popular Halloween costumes this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2013 Top Costumes Survey.

Halloween Queen Cecilia and King RafaMore than five million adults plan to dress as a witch this year and 2.9 million will dress as a Batman character. Tiny tots say they want to be a princess, 3.8 million; an animal, 2.8 million; or a Batman character, 2.5 million.

 Pets will be wearing costumes as well: 7.9 percent of people will dress their furry friend as a pumpkin. Hot dog, cat, and devil costumes also are pet favorites.  

Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes, according to a federation survey, spending $1 billion on children’s costumes, $1.2 billion on adult costumes, and $330 million on pet costumes.

The average person will spend $75 on Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations, bringing total spending to $6.9 billion. 

“While traditional favorites top the list this year, there’s always the chance of seeing over-the-top, unique costumes on Halloween,” Prosper Insights Consumer Insights Director Pam Goodfellow said. “Costumes with clear pop culture references that mimic hit TV show characters or celebrities could easily surprise us all.” 

Top adult costumes

1. Witch

2. Batman character

3. Vampire 

4. Zombie

5. Pirate

6. Action/super hero

7. Superman

8. Dracula

9. Cat

10. Scary costume/mask

Top children’s costumes

1. Princess

2. Animal 

3. Batman character

4. Action/super hero

5. Spider-Man

6. Witch

7. Zombie

8. Disney princess

9. Superman

10. Fairy

Top pet costumes

1. Pumpkin

2. Hot dog

3. (T) Cat

3. (T) Devil

4. Witch

5. Superman

6. Dog

7. Bowties/fancy collar

8. Bee

9. (T) Batman

9. (T) Vampire 

10. Ghost

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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