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Most Popular Common 2014 Halloween Costumes for Adults and Kids

Updated on July 8, 2015
Assortment of Halloween Costumes
Assortment of Halloween Costumes | Source

Some Halloween costumes are always popular

Trendy Halloween costumes come and go, as styles emerge and become popular before disappearing over time. Many of these costumes are patterned after movies that are well-known at the time, but their popularity fades along with the notoriety of the movie.

However, there are those costumes that endure year after year and appear on the shelves of your local department stores and in specialty shops every Halloween. Popular culture dictates the new and trendy costumes that show up every year alongside the old standbys.

Purchasing a trendy Halloween costume means you're in style (at least for the current year), but you are always taking a chance that you will never again want to wear this costume that is a potential passing fad. What are some popular Halloween styles for adults and kids that are sure to be in style this year or for years to come?


Traditional Halloween Costumes

Many traditional Halloween costumes have proven themselves and will always be accepted on a dark Halloween night. What better way to join in the scary tradition of Halloween as a vampire, ghost, or wicked witch? Dark figures such as the grim reaper, mummy, or any creature of gloom and doom will always be an acceptable Halloween costume.

Other popular traditional costumes are superheroes. Like scary costumes, superhero costumes are appropriate for children as well as adults. Spiderman fits a toddler as well as an adult male. This wall-climbing superhero has enjoyed continual popularity over the years. Superman and Batman are always popular, as are their counterparts for females in Batgirl or Batwoman. Star Wars characters have been and continue to be popular.

Disney characters never go out of style, either. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Snow White, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast are just a few examples. Depending on what movie version is out at the time, such as with Snow White, the costume may change from the traditional Disney version.

Scary Costumes with not-so-scary music!

Trendy Halloween Costumes

In recent years, characters from the movies Twilight and Harry Potter have turned into popular Halloween costumes. Kids now want to be Captain America from The Avengers movie. Currently, it may not be good enough just to be a pirate, as Captain Jack from Pirates of the Caribbean is a more popular choice. Other pop culture transformations into this fall holiday are the resurgence of zombies and the appearance of Angry Birds. And, yes, all of these costumes are made for both adults and children.

With a new Toy Story movie coming out, expect to see more Halloween costumes representing Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the gang. The old blue Smurfs are making a comeback since their movie release in 2011.

With any new movie release, the public can expect a new onslaught of Halloween costumes. Whether their popularity endures the test of time remains to be seen.


Popular brands of Halloween costumes

Many stores carry two of the very popular brands of Halloween costumes, specifically “Totally Ghoul” and “California Costumes Collections.” Boys can expect to find popular costumes such as Nintendo’s Super Mario, Captain America, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Girls’ costumes range from the innocent little red riding hood to the devilish cheerleader. Grown women can turn into fair maidens, tawdry showgirls, or female prisoners. Interesting men’s costumes include the flamboyant court jester, the righteous monk, and the huge inflatable sumo wrestler.

California Costumes Collections includes a variety of costumes, including Disney. They have a variety of general costumes such as vampires, prisoners, princesses, clowns, and kitty cats. Between these two brands, trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers are sure to find costumes that appeal to them.

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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CC, I haven't done anything fun in a while, either, but I have always enjoyed Halloween costume parties when I've had the chance!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Hmm...the last few Halloweens, I haven't done much only because of how far out we live. But...perhaps it's high time to dress up and do something on Halloween. Fun ideas!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm working on it, Crystal!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Now that sounds like fun - I hope I get to see a picture of you and your dog!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Crystal! I used to dress up for work. Sometimes I dress up with my dog and go over to my niece's house. LOL

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      Crystal Tatum 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I haven't dressed up since I was about 11, but I want to. I agree prices are outrageous, so homemade is the way to go, unless it's something you plan to purchase to wear year after year. Very informative hub. Voting up and interesting.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, barbergirl, i think it's ridiculous the prices of some costumes. That's funny about your son! I wonder what he will make you be! :-)

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      My husband is a big Halloween fan. He gets super excited. I don't mind Halloween but I have to say, I am horribly disgusted with the trend of cheap costumes that they try to sell for around 50 bucks. We went to the Halloween store just the other day and I tried on a couple of costumes. However, my body is longer than most so what ended up happening is all the customes look like shirts on me. So, while my husband loves Halloween I have started to get irritated with it because I just can't conveniently buy a costume without breaking the bank or having to fix the costume so it covers my behind!

      On a funny note, my son decided ever single persons costume this year. He wants to go as Mario and my husband will go as Luigi. If it works out, it will be funny! :)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jamie--Halloween can be so much fun! Hope you have a great one. Thanks for voting up!

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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Great ideas for costumes! I love this hub.. it reminds me that Halloween is just around the corner. It's my favorite holiday :) Voting up!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Josh, I agree that Halloween is fun. Especially for adults! LOL!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      RealH--that's great! I love creative costumes!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Vicki,

      You have mentioned some hot costumes for sure! Harry Potter is definitely becoming popular and with the Toy Story movie coming out, I can imagine seeing many Buzz Lightyear costumes! LOL An enjoyable read, thanks Vicki! Halloween is a fun holiday!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays! I love the spirit of the parties and dressing up for fun and entertainment.

      My oldest daughter decided last minute to go with some friends to a party and she did not have a costume. Such a hilarious girl - she quickly grabbed a hefty bag from the pantry and pulled it on like a big dress and belted it...when someone asked what she was she said, "white trash"! Lol. She said she had a great night and pretty easy preparation Huh? Lol

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glimmer--I love homemade costumes. So much fun!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Interesting ideas and hub! I'm a make your own kind of girl and always loved making costumes with balloons. They were a pain to make, but loads of fun!

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