Most popular 2016 Halloween costumes: More superheroes, fewer princesses

Superhero and action hero costumes are expected to be the top-selling Halloween costume for children this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

WASHINGTON — You’re likely to see more pint-size superheroes on a quest to score candy this Halloween as the reign of princess-themed costumes comes to an end.

Superhero and action hero costumes are expected to be the top-selling Halloween costume for children this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

Princess costumes, which had held the top spot for the past 11 years, fell to No. 2. animal costumes, “Batman” characters and “Star Wars” characters round out the top five choices for children’s Halloween costumes this year. View the top 10 kids’ costume choices in the gallery above.

The costume predictions come from a survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, which asked more 6,700 U.S. consumers about their Halloween costume plans between Sept. 6-13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

Overall, spending on Halloween costumes is expected to reach $3.1 billion this year, according to the survey.

Among adults 18-34, the No. 1 costume choice is Batman characters. Witch and animal costumes were ranked No. 2 and No. 3 among millennial costume-shoppers.

You can also expect to see some political-themed costumes this year — for some, the most frightful sight of all. Among adults age 35 and older, political costumes are expected to be the third most popular costume choice.

Meanwhile, the three most popular Halloween costumes for pets this year are pumpkin, hot dog and bumble bee.

20 Halloween Costumes That Make Us Want To Ban Men

Sometimes Halloween brings out the worst in people. Like the people who still insist on wearing blackface and culturally appropriative costumes in 2016. Or the people who thought “Tranny Granny” was a good idea.

For men, there’s even an entire sub-genre of costume that is just turning yourself into a terrible, disgusting sex joke. (More than they already are, JK! It’s been a long week.)

Below, 20 of the grossest costumes for dudes that just make us want to burn it all down. I do not think that mammogram means what you think it means, sir. A mammogram is not sexual. It’s not even pleasant. It’s getting your boob squished in a machine. Also, that’s not even how you spell “Seymour.”“Rub me!” Yeah, no thanks.

Lest you think nobody actually wears these kinds of costumes, this one actually has 5 reviews on SpiritHalloween.com. ZW, from Shreveport, L.A. says: “Went to a Halloween costume party and I was a real hit. Everybody noticed the costume. Several people commented. It was fun.”Sure, because flashing is HILARIOUS and you know, not a sex crime. If you’re wondering what’s under that censorship starbust, it’s a penis.

This one also has reviews. Says one San Francisco resident: “Great costume but will rub some people the wrong way. The appendage is quite large.” Jay from Buffalo adds: “The wig was messed up I had to use bobby pins to wear it.”The product description on this one says, “Those three fingers will leave you well remembered among the ladies.” It’s true: We will remember you as a jackass if you wear this costume. This costume takes a beautiful family movie about an orca and turns it into something sordid. It is, however, currently marked down to $6.45. For reasons I can’t explain, I’m a little charmed by this one. Like, it almost brings things full-circle so that I can believe this guy is making an ironic joke about masculinity? Notice also that all of these guys have the literal worst expressions on their faces. I have so many questions about this one. Is the GOAL of this costume to get a woman to let you shave her vagina? And the fact that he’s been doing it since 1969 seems anachronistic.

The ad copy on this one also gets truly unhinged, beginning with: “Do you love a good double entendre? Do you simply love to groom animals?” and ending with, “Add an interesting twist by convincing a friend or group of friends to dress as a beaver and carry a pair of shears, it’ll take the costume to the next level!”
Here’s what I really want to know about this costume: WHY A VAMPIRE? What does being a vampire have to do with a woman going down on you? Did they start from the costume name and work backwards?

So many of these costumes are about tricking a girl into touching your genitalia. Like women are so dumb we’re going to be like “Oh, look a baby llama on your pants!” Perhaps the most disgusting detail in this entire post is that little sign that reads: “Caution! llama spits!” I read that out loud and six girls sitting around me just groaned in audible disgust.

Get it? Get it? Because the hose? Here’s a detail I learned from reading the product description: The hose rises and falls when you lift and lower the ax. Fire extinguished.

THANK YOU for making fun of women’s bodies with this hilarious Halloween costume! It really brings out the fun of the holiday!There is nothing charming about the guy in this costume. The product description sums it all up: “This is probably the one opportunity you have to show your trouser snake at a party without getting arrested!”This costume is sold out, which I hope is due to insufficient supply and not exceeding demand. That hat says, “winner gets a free ride.” According to the product description, “You don’t even need to use the rings to play this ring toss game―people will be grabbing donuts, bagels, and whatever else they can find to participate in the fun!” I am concerned about whoever wrote this description. Wellness check?

Hollywood’s Most Controversial Halloween Costumes: Hilary Duff, Jason Walsh, Heidi Klum and More

Hilary Duff and her new man, Jason Walsh, received some backlash over the weekend after dressing up as a pilgrim and a Native American, getting a lot of criticism for being culturally insensitive.

They both apologized vehemently, releasing separate statements on their social media accounts and taking full responsibility for “not thinking through” their costumes.

“I am so sorry to people I offended with my costume,” Duff wrote on Instagram Sunday. “It was not properly thought through, and I am truly from the bottom of my [heart] sorry.”Walsh also took to Instagram, writing, “I meant no disrespect. I only have admiration for the indigenous people of America. In hindsight, I would not have made that decision. I apologize to anyone I may have offended.”

This is far from the first time a celeb’s Halloween ensemble has sparked a backlash. Check out some of Hollywood’s most controversial costumes below:
Julianne Hough, The Dancing With the Stars judge made headlines in 2013 after dressing up as Crazy Eyes from Orange Is the New Black. Her decision to wear blackface resulted in tons of backlash, which she immediately apologized for.

“I am a huge fan of the show Orange Is the New Black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created,” Hough tweeted. “It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”
Noah Cyrus In 2010, the 10-year-old caused quite a bit of talk when she dressed up like a sexy vampire. People thought she was showing a little too much skin and wearing too much makeup for her age.
Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin: The couple got a little too into character in 2015 when they dressed as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Hamlin opted for a red t-shirt with a swastika printed on the front that received lots of criticism.

Scott Disick The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star offended many when he dressed as an Arab Sheik in 2014.Chrissy Teigen The model got herself in trouble with her fans and followers after wearing a Native American costume out in 2008. She was dressed as “cowboys and Indians” with her husband, John Legend.Ashley Benson The Pretty Little Liars star saw quite a bit of backlash last year when she donned a lion costume just a few months after Cecil the Lion was hunted and killed. She immediately took to Twitter to apologize.

“Yesterday’s post was in poor taste and I absolutely regret all of the hurt that photo caused. The caption that was posted was incorrect and my costume was not Cecil the Lion, when I saw that, I contacted my management who handled the post and had it immediately changed,” she explained. “I recognize that I am responsible for everything posted on my social accounts and this was an unfortunate oversight.”

She continued, “I am a supporter of Animal conservation and I will be donating all the proceeds of this deal to the World Wildlife Fund. I love you all and I apologize if I let you down.” Heidi Klum When the model dressed up as Hindu goddess Kali for Halloween, the Hindu community spoke out against it. Rajan Zed explained, “Goddess Kali is highly revered in Hinduism and she is meant to be worshipped in temples and not to be used in clubs for publicity stunts or thrown around loosely for dramatic effects.”

A costume designer looks back on ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’s

He year was 1997. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls was about to rule the radio, Rei Kawakubo had just unveiled her “Adult Punk” show and Madonna was the proud recipient of a Golden Globe. Mona May was putting the final touches on the costumes for “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” while simultaneously working on the TV version of “Clueless.” Little did she know the impact both would have — and continue to have – on her life 20 years later.

“‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Legally Blonde’ — all those happened after ‘Clueless’ and ‘Romy and Michele,’” says May, reflecting on the Nineties films she costumed. “It’s great to be this forerunner and to be the designer to establish what it meant to do a chick-flick movie.”

For those unaware, “Romy and Michele” is a comedy about two best friends, Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow), who try to impress their peers at their 10-year high school reunion by lying about inventing Post-it Notes. What the two lack in common sense they make up for in sartorial panache — but even this isn’t enough to prevent them from wearing heels to the gym.

“Now you have all sorts of fashion workout wear, but at the time, there was nothing in the stores,” May says. After a “dismal” session of gym clothes fittings, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She came up with the idea that Romy and Michele would have made their own gym clothes because they wouldn’t have liked anything in stores at that time. So she opted for “crazy spandex, shiny, reflective, iridescent fabric” to stay true to the spirit of the duo.Kudrow and Sorvino had about 35 to 40 wardrobe changes in the film, and May says she hand-made one-third of the costumes. The rest were designer and thrift-store finds.

The Nineties were full of “so much horrible stuff,” says May, so she turned to Europe for inspiration. “Everything on the street was Tommy Hilfiger, Fubu, Bongo, Fila,” she says. “Guess was the only one that was more sexy. I had to go out and find the Versus, look up Moschino, and be able to peg that information and built something that is credible, that is fun, but also could be understood by the general public.”Though Romy and Michele share the same aesthetic, May tried to distinguish their personalities through color. Romy was more conservative “and a little bit more masculine in some sense.” Michele was “more feminine” and loved bright colors and playful pieces like boas and cherry earrings. Kudrow apparently loved these, too.

“Lisa always egged me on, like, ‘Come on, Mona! Let’s do more! Let’s have fun with it!’” May recalls. “When we did the flashbacks for the Eighties when they were in high school…we were like, how can we emulate Madonna? Mira’s entire Betsey Johnson look, the dress, was so much fun — her crazy ponytail. We did Lisa in the bustier and the lace skirt. The fun never ended.”May never thought the movie’s costumes would be as celebrated as they have been, nor did she think younger generations would take to them the way they have.

“It lives forever,” she says. “It’s the same thing with ‘Clueless’ — there’s girls running around in the ‘Clueless’ plaid outfits every Halloween. It’s an amazing honor for the new generation of kids to still embrace it. I mean, I’m in my 40s and my friends’ kids who are 15, 16 have the movies.”

May thinks the unabashed girliness of the costumes makes them timeless. She also thinks there’s a general lack of modern movies of the same nature.

“There’s a little bit more TV now with ‘Girls,’ but it’s just different,” she says. “It’s a different time for fashion and for expressing yourself, but I think the popularity [of ‘Romy and Michele’] shows that women still want to be girly and feminine and pretty. It makes them feel good.”