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Tradition Wins Out

Americans are expected to spend more than $1 billion on costumes for their children and $310 million to dress up their pets, according to the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group.

Although many young adults hunt for original looks, when it comes to finding a costume for the kids, traditional themes usually win out.

That’s not to say everyone will be dressed alike. More retailers are selling costumes, and this means more choices for consumers.

Costumes for kids and pets tend to draw their inspiration from typical Halloween characters, as well as popular movies and books.

For example, Williams-Sonoma’s Pottery Barn Kids stores sell a number of costume designs for children and infants. Among them are costumes based on Eric Carle’s classic children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Children can opt to dress as the caterpillar or the butterfly it becomes.

Pottery Barn’s costumes tend to have a more homemade look to them and are priced at the higher end of the range for typical children’s costumes. Customers also can buy matching bags for trick-or-treating.

Click ahead to see some of the hottest costumes for kids and pets this year.

By Christina Cheddar Berk Posted 5 October 2011

Photo: Photo Barn Kids