This year, Americans are expected to spend about $9.1 billion on Halloween costumes. With new shows such as Riverdale and Stranger Things, as well as movies like IT, the choices when picking out a costume are endless. Over the years, the most popular Halloween costumes have changed drastically as movies and characters go out of style.
In 2009, princess costumes were extremely popular among young girls. Many girls chose to dress up as generic princesses or Disney princesses.
In 2010, singer Lady Gaga gained popularity among teens in America. A significant amount of teenage girls chose to dress as Lady Gaga for Halloween.
Zombies gained popularity over vampires in 2011. Americans of all ages were painting their face green and tearing their clothes to acquire the perfect zombie costume.
After the release of The Hunger Games in March of 2012, girls and boys idolized Katniss Everdeen and her friends Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne. Kids, teens and adults were dressing up like these characters on October 31.
When Miley Cyrus shocked the world with her 2013 VMAs performance and her “new look”, people took it as a great opportunity to put together a new Halloween costume. In 2013, many young adults were dressing up as Cyrus.
Superheroes such as Batman and Superman were popular among boys and men in 2014.
In 2015, many people chose to be vampires for Halloween. Americans of all sexes were buying fangs and wearing their darkest colored clothes to dress like these spooky creatures.
After the release of Suicide Squad, young girls and women chose to be Harley Quinn for Halloween.