Top Halloween Costumes of 2012

The Dark Knight rises, but classic Halloween costumes remain the most popular.

Americans will spend nearly $3 billion on Halloween costumes this year, and the majority of them will dress as witches, vampires, princesses and other traditional outfits.  

The National Retail Federation’s 2012 Top Halloween Costumes survey reports that 10 percent of children plan to dress as a princess, while six million adults plan to go as a witch.

Batman is the second most popular Halloween costume for kids, while the character – along with other characters from The Dark Knight Rises – is fourth for adults. 

Some people plan take their outfit cues from current events, whether it’s an athlete, political figure or something else entirely.

“With nearly one in 10 celebrants taking their costume cues from current events, we’ll see plenty of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney look-alikes out-and-about for Halloween,” said Pam Goodfellow, a director at the survey firm BIGinsight. “However, we expect these ‘rivals’ will be able to find some common ground over the punch bowl or a bag of candy.”

Last year Patch websites throughout the country sought the most original Halloween costume for a Halloween contest, and a headless boy from New Jersey took the top prize. 

If you are looking for that perfect costume, here is a list of retailers on the East End of Long Island.

  • Ricky's, East Hampton, 631-329-7588
  • Ye Olde Party Shoppe, Southold, 631-765-5708
  • Halloween City, Riverhead, 1 (800) 425-5693
  • John's Bargain Store, Hampton Bays, 631-728-0850
  • Macy's, Hampton Bays, 631-728-5500
  • Disney Store, Tanger Outlet Riverhead, (631) 369-0571
  • Rite Aid, CVS, K-Mart, Wallmart and Target also all carry a selection of costumes.

And here is the full list from the National Retail Federation

Top Adult Costumes

Top Children’s Costumes

1. Witch

1. Princess

2. Vampire

2. Batman

3. Pirate

3. Spiderman

4. Batman character

4. Witch

5. Zombie

5. Disney princess

6. Vixen

6. Action/super Hero

7. Princess

7. Pirate

8(tie). Ghost

8. Vampire

8(tie). Nurse

9. Zombie

9. Cat

10. Ghost

10. Superman


Patch Wants to know: What do you plan on being for Halloween? Let us know in the comment section below. 

Alice R. Martin October 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Hello Kitty for my granddaughter.
Erica Jackson (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
How cute Alice. Where did you find a Hello Kitty costume?


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