As Halloween makes its way around the corner (about 2 weeks to from now), everyone who loves to dress up is trying to figure out who they want to go as this year. Sure, they can just wear that one costume they’ve been wearing for the past few years or get the first thing they find at any Spirt Halloween store. But, if the person waits too long to get their costume from the store, they may not be able to find anything they like. If they rely on their old costume, chances are they might not fit into it anymore (especially if they are babies or toddlers) or it could be damaged.
This list is to not only predict what costumes will be popular this year, but to also inspire those people who don’t know what or who they want to dress up as yet.
Costumes on the list will be in order from most popular for the following age groups: Babies and Toddlers (B+T), Kids (K), Teens (T), Young Adults (YA) and Everyone (E). Some costumes may have more than one age group.
1) Paw Patrol (Ages B+T)
- Paw Patrol is a Nickelodeon TV show that has been capturing the hearts of young kids since 2013 and is still popular 6 years after its first episode. With its wide range of adorable, yet helpful K-9 cast, babies and toddlers alike would look adorable dressed up as one of the safety pups.
2) Baby Shark (Ages B+T)
- This character comes from the viral YouTube video of the same name. It was first uploaded to the video sharing site in 2016 and kids today still sing the song and do the dance that goes with it. While some parents either like the song or can’t stand the song, young kids will probably dress up like the baby shark and sing the song and dance for their enjoyment.
3) Elsa/Anna from Frozen (Ages B+T, K)
- Next up are the ever so popular duo from Arendelle: Elsa the Snow Queen and Princess Anna from Disney’s hit movie While little girls have been dressing up like these characters since the first movie’s release in 2013, the trend will most likely keep going as Frozen 2 will be coming to theaters November 22, 2019. Be prepared to get a song like “Let it Go” stuck in your head again, parents.
4) Marvel Superheroes (B+T, K, E)
- In recent years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been dominating the box office (beating the movie Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time) and has created many shows and short movies based off the characters. From Avenger’s Endgame to Spiderman: Homecoming, it’s likely kids of any age group and their parents will dress up as these crime fighting heroes this year. Or, they can dress up as the late Stan Lee who helped defined the series of comic books and movies for most of his life. If it wasn’t for Lee’s creativity, you wouldn’t be able to dress up like or even know these heroes.
5) Characters from the movie Aladdin/ The Lion King (E)
- 2019 was the year Disney rebooted two of its popular movies from the 90’s and gave them both a new life to a new generation of kids. These movies are Aladdin and The Lion King and both movies captured the hearts of a new generation of kids as well as the older generation of kids who first saw the animated movies in theatres over 20 years ago. While some people are tired of all the reboots movie studios are making these days, it's nice to see these old movies being introduced to kids while their parents get to relive how they first felt watching the movie years ago with their children now.
6) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (E)
- Much like the Marvel Movies, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or TMNT) have been releasing new movies and TV shows a lot within recent years. While it’s not as popular in today’s age as the massive cinematic universe mentioned before, it’s still a classic costume that any fan from any TMNT era can wear. Whether you enjoy the classic 80’s TMNT cartoon or Nickelodeon's new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show, anyone can dress up like these heroes in a half shell.
7) Pennywise from IT (E)
- Following in the line of reboots within the media is Stephen King’s This classic horror movie came back in 2017 with the first movie and it became insanely popular many people went as the clown Pennywise that year. Since the sequel IT Chapter Two was recently released into theatres, we’ll probably see more of this sinister clown walking the streets Halloween night.
8) Eleven from Stranger Things (T)
- This unique character from the popular Netflix series has definitely made an impression on viewers within its 3rd Fans who have dressed up as Eleven in the past can now try her new clothing line filled with eye catching patterns that are like the clothes those from the 80’s wore. If you wanted to go as her, you can also add a cute scrunchie to the outfit and other retro accessories.
9) Joker or Harley Quinn from DC Comics (T, YA)
- Coming in at #9 on the list is the ever so popular villainous duo Joker and Harley Quinn from DC Comics. While they are more well-known these days for their roles on the 2016 movie Suicide Squad, some fans still dress up as their classic incarnations from the comics. This year, however, most costume goers will dress up at the Joker from the new Joker movie while the Harley Quinn Suicide squad costume will still be popular.
10) D.I.Y Costumes (YA)
- If you’re like me (a broke college student), you’ll know it’s expensive to get a good costume from the store that won’t drain your bank account. That’s why D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) costumes are always a good alternative for costume making. Not only can you get materials and clothes for cheap, but you can also put your own personal touch on your costume rather than having the same costume as someone else. It’s also a great reduce, reuse, recycle opinion as you can purchase the clothing from local thrift shops, wear it for Halloween, and donate it if you don’t want it. Get a couple friends together and have a D.I.Y costume party too!
Couples Pun Costumes
- If you have someone that is the jelly to your peanut butter, then pun costumes would be a cute idea to do with your partner! Although some people find these types of costumes un-bear-able at parties, you and your partner can make them a-peel-ing with your creativity!