Top Halloween Costumes 2009


Nurses love to give shots
Dec 16, 2004
This list is from Snopes

Top Halloween Costumes 2009
One of our favorite measures of cultural zeitgeist is the kinds of costumes people choose to wear for Halloween. Although some classic spooky get-ups (e.g., witches, vampires) are perennial favorites, other costumes that predominate in any given year can be heavily influenced by
politics, world events, popular entertainments, and sporting championships. Other factors also heavily influence costume selection, such as the gender and age of the wearer. (Youngsters tend to favor movie, television, and cartoon/comic book characters, and adults generally lean more towards generic, traditional characters and risqu themes.)

One obvious example of how Halloween costume selection reflects cultural trends is the observation that, although pirate costumes have long been favorite Halloween garb, the tremendous success of the Pirates of the Caribbean films propelled buccaneer-styled apparel to the upper reaches of recent "Top Halloween Costume" charts. The series of Spider-Man movies did the same for that comic book character, and the current spate of vampire-themed entertainment has pushed that always popular character type even higher on this year's Halloween costume list. And although masks of political figures were common Halloween garb for adults in 2008 (when the spooky holiday fell just a few days before the 2008 presidential election), such costumes look to be a far less popular choice for 2009:
When it comes to Halloween costumes, vampires, princesses, police officers and pirates are in, while politicians, nurses and Batman are out.

Once again, witches take the top spot for adult costumes. Thanks to popular books, movies and television series, vampire costumes jumped to the number two spot from third last year. Hardest hit this year were nurse costumes, which fell from number five to number 13, and political figures, which didn't even make the list.

"The departure of both nurses and politicians from the top costumes list could be an indication that Americans would like to shelve the health care reform debate at least for one night to have a little bipartisan fun," said Tracy Mullin, [National Retail Federation] President and CEO.
The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the consumer market intelligence firm BIGresearch annually survey consumers during the second week of September to find out (among other things) what sorts of costumes children and adults (and their pets!) are planning to wear during the upcoming Halloween festivities. The results for 2009 were as follows:

Top Children's Costumes 2009

1. Princess (generic)
2. Witch
3. Spider-Man
4. Pirate
5. Pumpkin/Jack o' Lantern
6. Vampire
7. Princess (Disney)
8. 'Star Wars' character
9. Tinker Bell
10. Batman

Top Adults' Costumes 2009

1. Witch
2. Vampire
3. Pirate
4. Clown
5. Wench / Tart / Vixen
6. Cat
7. Devil
8. Scary costume/mask (generic)
9. Sports figure
10. Police officer

Top Pets' Costumes 2009

1. Pumpkin / Jack o' Lantern
2. Devil
3. Bowtie / Fancy collar
4. Witch
5. Superdog / Supercat
6. Princess
7. Bat
8. Dog
9. Angel
10. Bee


Game old gal
Mar 13, 2008
I adore Halloween.

I wonder if the decline in Nurses is actually due to a decline in nurses actually wearing traditional nursing garb? Means mom's old uniform is no longer available.

I have a "tickle trunk" (Mr. Dressup fans will know what I mean) with costumes I have made over the years. Not sure what I'll be this year other than drunk! But I love pubcrawling in costume, and it's on a Saturday night this year.

I hate masks, and have a full complement of theatrical make-up, spirit gum, false hair, teeth and other goodies.

I don't believe in spending much money on it, so if anyone requires some cheap and creative costume ideas, feel free to PM me.


Nurses love to give shots
Dec 16, 2004
The decline in nurses is still with us but you do see more getting into the field now than a few years back.
I would love to see a change in the uniforms because you can't tell who's who on the floor like many many years back.

As for the Halloween I think the nursing uniforms are boring now because we wear scrubs.

Boy have the times have changed.
We all wear

Some times as a joke we have one that does this.
(Not for the whole shift)

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