The Top Halloween Costumes

While most of us are still out enjoying the beautiful warmth of summer, major retail stores already have their eyes on Halloween. Each year brings new trends in costumes and decorations and they seem to get more elaborate with time. If you want to stay ahead of the game and have your kids ready to go without running around at the last minute, now is the time to start planning.

Here's a quick preview of the hottest Halloween costumes for this year to help you get started:

1. Twilight Characters

After the smashing success of both the book series and the movies, Twilight character costumes are already becoming red-hot this Halloween season.

2. Michael Jackson

The passing of a music icon has stirred Michael Jackson mania and demand for glitter gloves and Michael Jackson costumes has already been on fire this season. Whether you are paying tribute to a legend or just looking for a few conspiracy theory laughs, a Michael Jackson Halloween costumes is a popular option; if you can still find one of course.

3. Disney Princess Costumes

After Disney announced their new Princess program this summer, demand for the already popular Disney Princess costumes has skyrocketed. This is always a great option for young girls. After all, what little girl doesn't want to look like a princess for a night?

4. Harry Potter

Harry Potter mania has struck once again and unleashed a renewed demand for costumes that will have kids transforming into wizards. This is a good family friendly costume and one that can be put together for a reasonable price.

5. Hannah Montanna

Everyone loves Miley and with the release of several new hit pop songs this year, demand for Hannah Montana costumes has already been huge at many costume stores.

6. G.I. Joe

Here's another one for the boys. G.I. Joe was wildly popular in the 80's and then fell off the radar for a little while. The new G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra movie has sparked a renewed interest in G.I. Joe costumes that has boys wanting to deck themselves out in the latest military gear for a night of trick-or-treating.

7. Playboy Bunny

This one is a classic for women and one that seems to be popular almost every year. This one is best suited for women over the age of 18. Strap on some bunny ears and you can be a cover model for an evening. What's not to like about that?

8. Scooby Doo

Another classic Halloween outfit that makes an annual appearance, Scooby Doo is always a good choice for kids.

9. Barack Obama

Taking on a temporary role as the leader of the free world has always been a popular option for Halloween. This year, have even more fun by dressing up as Obama. Love him or hate him, this costume is sure to get a few good laughs.

10. Bill Clinton - Kim Jong IL

Rounding out the top ten is a fun couples costume that pokes fun at the awkward summit between former president Bill Clinton and North Korean president Kim Jong IL.

Those are just a few of the top Halloween costumes getting early attention. There are sure to be some other arriving on the scene before October 31st but if you are looking to get your outfit early, these are a good place to start. These and many others can be found at stores such as Spirit Halloween and various online retailers.