Batman Halloween costumes are the most popular this year for adults

Thanks to the success of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, Halloween costumes based on Batman characters are the most popular among adults 18-34 this year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

“There’s definitely been an increase in superhero costumes in general,” Riley Walsh, a sales associate at New York Costumers in New York City’s East Village neighborhood told TIME. “The thing that’s making it go up for women is Harley Quinn. At least once a day we’re selling Harley Quinn costumes, and it’s not even October yet.”

And move over Disney princesses! While they were the most popular costumes for kids for the last 11 years straight, they fall to the #2 spot this year as more kids are dressing up as superheroes than ever before!

Here are the top 10 most popular costumes for Halloween 2016 for adults and children, according to the National Retail Federation.


  1. Batman Character (Batman, Harley Quinn, The Joker, etc.)
  2. Witch
  3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Bunny, etc.)
  4. Tie: Marvel Superhero (Deadpool, Spiderman, etc.) AND DC Superhero (Wonder Woman, Superman, excl. Batman)
  5. Vampire
  6. Video Game Character
  7. Slasher Movie Villain (Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, etc.)
  8. Pirate
  9. Star Wars Character
  10. Zombie


  1. Action/Superhero
  2. Princess
  3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Lion, Monkey, etc.)
  4. Batman Character
  5. Star Wars Character
  6. Tie: Witch AND DC Superhero (excl. Batman)
  7. Frozen Character (Anna, Elsa, Olaf)
  8. Marvel Superhero (excl. Spiderman)
  9. Zombie
  10. Spiderman

Are you dressing up this Halloween? Who are you going to be? Let me know in the comments below!

SOURCE: National Retail Federation (via TIME)