Top Halloween Costumes of 2012

Healdsburg kids, adults to strut their stuff on the Plaza next Wednesday.

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.

Healdsburg kids and adults will do those ones and more -- if next Wednesday's stroll around Healdsburg Plaza is anything like last year.

"If you have a business downtown remember that the Trick-Or-Treaters will be visiting your stores beginning late afternoon NEXT Wednesday," said a notice from the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce. "If you plan to participate in this unofficial tradition, please remember to stay open and have treats for the little ones."

Usual times for the unofficial Trick or Treat at Healdsburg Plaza are about 3 or 4 p.m. to about 5 or 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Does your kid -- or do you -- have a special costume? Enter it the 2012 Patch Halloween Costume Contest.

Also check out the "Wild Things" Halloween Dance party in Healdsburg this Saturday. Click on the flyer under the photos section, or see the Patch Calendar of Events.

If you don't have any idea what to do for a costume, click here to see our mom's guide to Halloween costumes from last year.

And, if you really want to get in a scary mood, go see the Haunted House on Grove Street. You can also post your scary decorations photos in our Patch Halloween Photo Gallery.

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.”

Pets will also play a big part in the holiday, as owners are expected to spend $370 million on outfits for the pets. The most popular Halloween costumes in that category are pumpkins, devils and hot dogs.

In 2011, Patch sought the most original Halloween costume throughout the country for a Halloween contest; A headless boy from New Jersey took the top prize. 

The full list from the National Retail Federation

Top Adult Costumes

Top Children’s Costumes

Top Pet Costumes

1. Witch

1. Princess

1. Pumpkin

2. Vampire

2. Batman

2. Devil

3. Pirate

3. Spiderman

3. Hot dog

4. Batman character

4. Witch

4. Cat

5. Zombie

5. Disney princess

5. Bee

6. Vixen

6. Action/super Hero

6(tie). Dog

7. Princess

7. Pirate

6(tie). Ghost

8(tie). Ghost

8. Vampire

7. Action/Super Hero

8(tie). Nurse

9. Zombie

8. Witch

9. Cat

10. Ghost

9. Bowties/Fancy Collars/Bandanas

10. Superman


10. Superman


What are you going to be for Halloween? 

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jamie winters October 24, 2012 at 02:57 PM
If you are looking for fun this weekend and wanna dress up with your doggie please join us in the Plaza! Healdsburg Doghouse is hosting the 12th Annual and first in Sonoma County Howl-O-Ween Event as a benefit for our Healdsburg Animal Shelter! Call the Doghouse at 431-1044 for more details
Keri Brenner (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Hi Jamie: Thanks for this notice. What time and what day is the Howl-O-Ween event? Keri
Keri Brenner (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Hi all: The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade and Contest will be this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 12 to 1 p.m. at Healdsburg Plaza. Thanks to the Healdsburg Doghouse for the info. If you haven't been to one of these, it's worth a look just to see the dogs in their Halloween finest.


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