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Halloween costumes ideas 2016 for kids: Superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs, "Star Wars" and more

October 12, 2016
in Kids

With Halloween almost here, kids across the country are likely narrowing down their costume ideas and daydreaming about a night filled with trick-or-treating, games and more.

When it comes to picking a costume, there are more options than ever this year. Whether your child is interested in superheroes, dinosaurs, Disney princesses or all of the above, there's a costume out there that will be perfect for Halloween.

To give you an idea of what costumes are popular and trending this year as well as what's new for 2016, here's a look at 15 Halloween 2016 costume ideas for kids.


When it comes to kids costumes, superheroes are usually at the top of the popularity list. Whether your child is a fan of Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Batman or one of the many other superheroes featured in movies these days, there's a costume out there for 'em.


Of course, superheroes aren't the only characters featured in their films. If your kid has a favorite villain that they're hoping to go as this Halloween, there are several costumes to choose from. Those include Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Joker, Katana, Electro, Bane and many more.

Food costumes

A new trend among kids' costumes this year is dressing up as a favorite food. Whether it's a banana, hot dog, hamburger, Tootsie Roll, taco, pizza, cookie or some other tasty treat, there are tons of food-themed costumes out there for kids right now.


Princess costumes have always been a popular choice among kids, and this year is no different. With a surplus of costumes to pick from, including Belle from "Beauty and the Beast," Ariel from "The Little Mermaid, Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty as well as Elsa and Anna from "Frozen," going as a favorite princess is easier than ever for kids.

Star Wars

Thanks to last year's "Star Wars" films, characters the franchise are back to being sought-after costumes among kids this year. Whether your kid is into the dark side, like Kylo Ren and Darth Vader, or prefers to stick with Yoda, Rey and Chewbacca, there are plenty of "Star Wars" costumes out there.


For fans of "Zootopia," dressing up as the film's two main characters is an option this year. There are full costumes as well as accessories based on the Disney film, Nick Wilde the fox as well as Judy Hopps the bunny, available.

Throwback costumes

It's hard to believe that films from the '80s are still popular among today's youth, but there are various Halloween costumes that suggest that's the case. Several older movies, including "Back to the Future" and "A League of their Own," are making a comeback in the costume department this year.

Animal costumes

Similar to the food trend, animal costumes have also become a popular choice among kids looking for a Halloween costume. It's no longer limited to a cat or dog either. This year, you can find a costume for almost any animal, including lions, wolves, monkeys, sheep, pigs, tigers, pandas, sharks, squirrels and more.

Historical costumes

For kids hoping to score some extra points with their teachers, dressing up as a historical figure is the way to go. This year, there are several noteworthy costumes making the rounds, including Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman and Amelia Earhart, for a Halloween that's got a little bit of history tied into it.

Video game characters

Considering how popular video games are with kids, it's no surprise that dressing up as video game characters is also a trend among trick-or-treaters. There are plenty of choices out there so the hardest part will be deciding between Master Chief, Link, Megaman or Mario.

Alice in Wonderland

Characters from "Alice in Wonderland" have always been a popular choice for Halloween, but they are even more so this year following the release of "Alice through the Looking Glass." Whether your child like Alice, the White Rabbit, The Queen of Hearts or the Mad Hatter, all of the favorites are available in costume form.

Cartoon costumes

If your kid loves cartoons, whether it's classics like "Scooby Doo" or new shows like "Paw Patrol," there are lots of costumes out there based on animated series. Thanks to Pokemon Go, there's also a good bit of "Dragon Ball Z" character costumes as well.


Sure, kids have been dressing up as witches, black cats, vampires and skeletons for decades, but there's a reason for that. While picking a trendy costume might be easier than ever these days, you can't go wrong with one of the classics either. Just maybe pass on the "ghost sheet" costume.


Dressing up as a dinosaur for Halloween seems like it would be a bit of a challenge, but this year there tons of costume options for the prehistoric creatures. And if your child wants to do something a little different, there are even dinosaur fossil costumes for various dino species.

Military costumes

Not all Halloween costumes have to be based on fiction or fantasy. This year, a popular trend is costumes based on different military branches. Those include Navy Seal, Army Ranger, Marine, Special Forces, Army Officer, Air Force pilot, Navy Admiral and more.

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