Want to be something totally unique for Halloween this year?
Don't go the pirate route, then.
Yep, pirate costumes are big again for men and boys this year, even though it's been a while since Captain Jack Sparrow strutted across the big screen.
"I think it's the leather boots," laughed Maria Costa, manager of Cleveland Costume & Display on Pearl Road. "Men like them."
Teens are going for "skin suits," also called "morphs" -- brightly colored spandex body suits.
"They're buying them in school colors already and wearing them to football games," Costa said. "They put ties, glasses or wigs on them."
Women want to be pretty in their costumes, she said, so they're choosing 1950s stewardess outfits -- inspired by the TV series Pan Am -- and female superhero sidekicks.
Little girls? No change there -- princesses.
Popular this year are rock star outfits for women -- Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are selling well.
And, of course, superheroes. Costa said "The Holy Trio" -- Batman, Superman and Spider-Man -- are still hugely popular, although the Green Lantern has had a good showing this year.
Americans will spend $3 billion on Halloween costumes this year, and the majority of them will dress as witches, vampires, princesses and other traditional outfits.
The National Retail Federation’s 2012 Top Costumes survey reports that 10 percent of kids plan to dress as a princess, while six million adults plan to go as a witch.
The full list from the National Retail Federation:
Top Adult Costumes
Top Children’s Costumes
Top Pet Costumes
3. Hot dog
4. Batman character
5. Disney princess
6. Action/super Hero
7. Action/Super Hero
9. Bowties/Fancy Collars/Bandanas