5 years of America's most popular Halloween costumes

In 2009, clowns were the 4th most popular Halloween costume, while in 2013 the costume dropped to the 11th most popular. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Witches, and vampires and clowns! Oh, my! It's that time of year again: Halloween, which means it's time for costumes as well.  

Since 2009, the types of popular costumes have varied, ranging from Batman to rock star. However, there are some classics, like the witch and vampire, that continue to top the charts. 

Last week, NPR did a story on how stocking costumes can be a tricky business. Richard Parrott of Ricky's NYC, one of the biggest costume shops in New York, told us he needs to find the perfect mix of old favorites and hot new pop culture trends. This year he is betting big on costumes from the Disney movie "Frozen."
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