Trick or Treat CostumesEvery October, Americans spend billions of dollars on all things Halloween. According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion this Halloween season, with $1 billion of that being spent on children’s costumes alone. While costumes definitely come in all shapes and sizes, some are clearly more popular than others. According to the NRF, here are the 10 most popular:


A pair of wings is the focal point of this popular children’s costume. Couple those wings with a whimsical dress or ballet tutu, and you have yourself the 10th most popular children’s Halloween costume of 2013.


It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s the 9th most popular children’s Halloween costume of 2013. A classic superhero outfit that numerous children find themselves enamored with, who wouldn’t want to dress up as the Man of Steel? After all, he CAN fly.

Disney Princess

When Walt Disney produced Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs way back in 1937, he had no idea of how many more Disney Princesses Snow White was preceding and how popular of a Halloween costume Disney Princesses would be almost 80 years later. Disney Princesses come in at a solid #8.


A classic scary costume that has undoubtedly risen in popularity thanks to TV shows like The Walking Dead. Zombies stagger into the list at a solid 7th most popular children’s costume.


Who wouldn’t want to fly around on a broomstick and conjure up spells whenever they want? Whether you’re dressing up your daughter or son (male witches are known as warlocks), you can’t go wrong with this classic that comes in at #6.


A superhero that has web shooters and slings over New York City every day fighting crime is one of the most popular children’s Halloween costumes? My Spidey Sense is tingling, so that must mean that everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man checks in at #5.


While Spidey may not be everyone’s favorite superhero, there is a long list of others that children of all ages can choose to dress up as. Variety makes this costume the 4th most popular amongst children.

Batman Character

Christopher Nolan’s fresh take on the Batman franchise has helped propel the Dark Knight and company into the #3 spot on this list. Whether your child wants to be a hero or villain this Halloween, the expansive cast of characters from the world of Batman definitely has something for everyone.


With so many possibilities from the animal kingdom available, it’s no wonder that animal costumes are the 2nd most popular costume choice amongst children. Whether you’re a boy or a girl, you’ll always have plenty of options if you want to dress up as an animal of some kind.


A party dress, a tiara, and a scepter are all that are needed to put together this simple, yet regal, ensemble. It’s definitely easy to see why Princess lands at #1 on the list. After all, isn’t it every little girl’s dream to become a princess?

Regardless of what type of costume you choose to dress your child up in, remember to always put safety first. Reflective clothing is definitely a plus, and materials used in the construction of the costume should be safe as well.

The New York legal team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP hopes that whatever you choose to dress up as this year, you have fun (and stay safe!) doing it. Safe travels trick-or-treaters!

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