Whenever I'm hanging out around little kids (and since I have two of them, this happens quite often), I take notice of the toys they're playing with and the characters they're most interested in, especially when it comes to movie-related gear. Naturally, most boys I know are obsessed with Marvel's Avengers, and it's not because of the movie so much as it is the popularity of superhero culture in general. So it's no surprise to learn via a Fandango poll that the most popular movie-related Halloween costumes this year belong to characters from The Avengers, but what is surprising is which Avenger leads the pack.
Thor. Yes, Thor. See, all these kids I notice playing with Avengers toys -- none of them seem all that interested in Thor. They don't wear Thor clothing or obsess over Thor cartoons. It's always Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man... not Thor. So it's kind of cool to see Thor leading the rest of the Avengers in terms of popular Halloween costumes, and it bodes well for the Thor sequel, due out next year. I do wonder, though, what it is about Thor that's putting him ahead of the usual Halloween suspects. Is it the hammer? The cool helmet? The God-like powers? What do you think?
Meanwhile, in female costumes, Anne Hathaway's Catwoman from The Dark Knight Rises leads that pack, followed closely behind by Katniss from The Hunger Games, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and costumes representing both Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron's characters from Snow White and the Huntsman.
Other popular costumes in the "classics" category include Indiana Jones, Batman, the Joker, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Below you'll find a list of the top 10 most popular Halloween costumes inspired by 2012 movie releases for both men and women. Notice how some of these movies haven't even come out yet, proving some fans are striving to be a little ahead of the curve.
1. Thor (The Avengers)
2. Iron Man (The Avengers)
3. Captain America (The Avengers)
4. Hulk (The Avengers)
5. Batman (The Dark Knight Rises)
6. James Bond (Skyfall)
7. Ted the Raunchy Teddy Bear (Ted)
8. Gandalf (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
9. Magic Mike (Magic Mike)
10. Wreck-It-Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph)
1. Catwoman (The Dark Knight Rises)
2. Katniss (The Hunger Games)
3. Snow White (Snow White and the Huntsman)
4. Queen Ravenna (Snow White and the Huntsman)
5. Black Widow (The Avengers)
6. Red-Eyed Bella the Vampire (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
7. Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games)
8. Selene (Underworld: Awakening)
9. Merida (Brave)
10. Alice (Resident Evil: Retribution)
Pictured above: A scene from this year's South Park Halloween episode