The Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2012

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Do you have your Halloween costume picked out yet? If not, The National Retail Federation has released its 2012 Top Halloween Costume survey with the most popular costumes among adults, children and pets to help give you some ideas.

According to the survey, Americans will spend nearly $3 billion on costumes this year, with witches, princesses and vampires topping the list.

But about one in ten will go a more original route and take their costume idea from topical events or pop culture. So with the election coming up soon, you can expect to see plenty of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney look-a-likes.

So what are the most popular costumes for adults, children and pets this year? See the top ten for each below and tell us what you’re planning on being for Halloween this year!

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

Top Children Costumes:

  1. Princess
  2. Batman
  3. Spiderman
  4. Witch
  5. Disney princess
  6. Action/super hero
  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/super hero
  9. Witch
  10. Fancy bowties
  11. Superman
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