Top Halloween costumes in 2012

Princesses, Batman, Spiderman and witches are among the top Halloween costumes for children this year. (ThinkStock)

WASHINGTON – There will be a lot of princesses and pumpkins trick-or-treating this Halloween.

The National Retail Federation 2012 Top Costumes survey highlights the most popular Halloween costumes this year for children, pets and adults.

Comic book heroes are expected to be popular among boys, and princesses are the top costume choice for girls. Four-legged creatures will be turned into pumpkins, devils and hot dogs, the NRF says.

Nearly 6 million adults plan to be witches this year, and 3.2 million adults will dress up as vampires, according to the survey. The next most popular costumes for kids at heart are pirates, Batman characters, zombies and vixens.

The NRF says Americans are expected to spend $2.87 billion on costumes this year, with more than $1 million on children’s costumes and $70 million on pet costumes.

The average person will spend nearly $80 on candy, costumes and decorations, which amounts to $8 billion in total, according to the NRF.

The survey of 9,393 consumers had a reported margin of error of 1 percent.

Top Children’s Costumes:

  1. Princess
  2. Batman
  3. Spiderman
  4. Witch
  5. Disney princess
  6. Action or superhero
  7. Pirate
  8. Vampire
  9. Zombie
  10. Ghost

Top Pet Costumes:

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Devil
  3. Hot dog
  4. Cat
  5. Bee
  6. Dog (tie)
  7. Ghost (tie)
  8. Action or superhero
  9. Witch
  10. Bowties/fancy collars/bandanas
  11. Superman

Top Adult Costumes:

  1. Witch
  2. Vampire
  3. Pirate
  4. Batman character
  5. Zombie
  6. Vixen
  7. Princess
  8. Ghost (tie)
  9. Nurse (tie)
  10. Cat
  11. Superman

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report. Follow Kristi King and


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