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It is time to ask yourself what you will wear on Halloween. Halloween is the day when you can almost wear what you want and no one will judge you.

According to me, there are three schools of thought. The first is made up of lazy people who don't care about anything. I won't be talking about them. My wife and I will be dressing as secret satanists from Rosemary's Baby, as well as people who seek out the most popular, low stress costume to hide. It is important to know what other people are likely to be wearing, either to avoid it or to identify the most cliché way to make yourself virtually invisible this Halloween.

What will be the hottest Halloween costume in 2022?

There isn't much research on costume prevalence, but I have two lists of the most popular costumes for adults. The first is from retailer, who bases their list on their sales numbers. The site used internal search data to find the most popular costume ideas. The data from is more nuts-and-bolts than the data from pinsy.

2022 best-selling costumes (via

The best-selling, off-the-shelf costumes are listed here.

  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • Buddy the Elf
  • The Dark Knight: Batman
  • The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy
  • Captain Marvel
  • The Force Awakens: Rey
  • Harley Quinn
  • Ride a Beer Buddy
  • Elvis (Deluxe)

There is a group of costumes. There are no SexyMitch McConnell or Trump-Eating-a- Baby costumes to be seen. The costumes are based on popular TV shows and movie characters. There are at least two exceptions.

The inflatable T-Rex costumes are top of the list. When these suits came out a decade ago, they were very cool and funny, but they are going to be everywhere this Halloween. They could be saved from basicness through repetition. A group of 15 T-Rexes stepping through the door is impressive, so I suggest getting as many friends as possible to all wear the same suit.

The other costume here is called Ride a Beer Buddy and it makes you feel like you are riding on the back of a German stereotype. Only to a person who has never seen it before. You could ride an animal, a dragon, or a toilet.

The most searched Halloween costumes (via Pinterest)

The list on pins is a bit more eclectic. It isn't a list of ready-made products, but a list of costumes people are looking for. It is more of a snapshot of a hot trend indicator since it is a list of increased searches.

The top costumes are listed first.

  • Stranger Things costume ideas
  • Elvis and Priscilla costume
  • Patrick Bateman costume
  • Top Gun costume
  • Anna Delvey costume
  • Harley Quinn halloween costume
  • Avril Lavigne halloween costume
  • Dani Hocus Pocus costume
  • Maddie and Cassie Euphoria costumes
  • Lord of the Rings halloween costumes

There are very few horror themed costumes this year. The monsters have new movies coming out. American Psycho's Patrick Bateman is the only one we have. Maybe we're all horrored-out, but I would have expected the smiling woman from the movie.

Are you talking about Lavigne? Is that really true? The seventh most trendy costume in America is the bubble-gum punk diva. It's weird.

Unlike's list of mostly movie and TV characters, these are mostly mundane characters who wear clothes. You can cobble together most of the kit without buying a packaged costume, either by getting lucky at a thrift shop or ordering pieces on Amazon. There is a detailed breakdown of how to make a top gun costume.

What are you planning on wearing this Halloween? In the comments, tell us what you think.