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Witch, princess and pumpkin expected to be this year's most popular costumes

by Jennifer Palmer Published: October 7, 2013

 

during a dog and child costume show at the Yukon Community Center in Yukon, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
during a dog and child costume show at the Yukon Community Center in Yukon, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

Dressing as a witch for Halloween this year? Have a tot ready to trick-or-treat as a princess? How about a pumpkin outfit for your dog? These are the most popular costumes this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

The nation’s largest retail trade group surveyed consumers about what they intend to dress up as for Halloween this year. More than 5 million adults plan to dress as a witch and 2.9 million will be a Batman character. For the kiddos, the most popular choices are princess (3.8 million), an animal (2.8 million) and a Batman character (2.5 million.) The most popular pet costume is a pumpkin, followed by hot dog, cat and devil.

Here are the top costumes, released Monday:

For adults: witch, Batman character, vampire, zombie, pirate, action/superhero, Dracula, cat, scary costume/mask.

For children: princess, animal, Batman character, action/superhero, Spider-Man, witch, zombie, Disney princess, Superman, fairy.

For pets: pumpkin, hot dog, cat, devil, witch, Superman, dog, bowties/fancy collar, bee, Batman, vampire, ghost.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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