Costumes of choice for 2005's trick-or-treaters

As carved pumpkins appear on front porches, millions of children - and even parents - find themselves contemplating what to wear for Halloween. One organization especially interested in their thoughts is the National Retail Federation, which tries to anticipate demand for costumes for both the trick-or-treat set and adult party-goers. The most popular costume choices in the NRF's 2005 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, with the percentage of people who voted for each:

Children
1. Princess 11.8%
2. Witch 5.2%
3. Spiderman 4.5%
4. Monster 4.1%
5. Darth Vader 3.9%
(tie) Superhero 3.9%

Adults
1. Witch 16.4%
2. Vampire 6.0%
3. Actor/celebrity 3.3%
4. Monster 3.0%
5. Pirate 2.4%

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2004

The latest "Spiderman" movie, with its attendant marketing blitz, is having a lingering impact even though it was released back in June. According to the National Retail Federation, Spiderman is emerging as 2004's most popular Halloween costume. That doesn't mean, however, that generic standbys (such as witches and ghosts) won't turn up at your door a week from Sunday. Most costumes are inspired by characters on children's TV shows, such as SpongeBob Square Pants, the beloved sea sponge seen on the Nickelodeon channel. The favorite Halloween costumes for 2004, as reported by the retailers who sell them:

1. Spiderman
2. Princess
3. Witch
4. Wampire
5. Monster
6. SpongeBob
7. Ninja
8. Athlete
9. Ghost
10. Power Rangers

2003

If the results of an online survey are any indication, you should expect to see a greater than usual number of green faces when - candy in hand - you answer the door Oct. 31. Movie/ comic-book hero "The Hulk" was the costume of choice for boys in the poll by the website extremehalloween.com. Barbie got the most votes for girls. The site's five most popular choices for young trick-or-treaters:

Boys
1. The Hulk
2. Harry Potter
3. Spider-Man
4. Pirate king
5. Power Ranger

Girls
1. Barbie
2. Tinkerbelle
3. Sleeping Beauty
4. Hagatha (witch costume)
5. Mega star
- PR Newswire

2002

Blasts from the Past
Fun In Numbers
Add a Twist
Singing Sensations
Real Life, Real Heroes
Superheroes
Traditional Takes
Fabulous Fantasies
Americana
Mystical
Source: Home Sewing Association (www.sewing.org)

2001

Wizards a la Harry Potter
Witches
Rock stars (Britney or J. Lo)
Professional sports figures
A uniform of your own
Super heroes and action figures
Historical influences (Henry VIII, Cleopatra)
Vampy and Sultry (movie "Moulin Rouge")
Western wear
Animals
Source: Home Sewing Association (www.sewing.org)

2000

Broadway shows
Film characters
Television stars
Exotic and ethnic
Mystical
Wizards and sorcerers
Historical dress
Vintage dress
Classic fairy tale characters
'A little bit of Glam'
Source: Home Sewing Association (www.sewing.org)

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