"Nurses and political costumes completely fell off the list last year," Grannis said. "It was right when health care was in the news every day and we had already been through an election year. Both categories are back on this year."
Snooki, Gaga and Buzz hot for Halloween this year
"We expect 2010 to be the year of the costume," said NRF spokeswoman Kathy Grannis, who cites the poor economy as a reason people are investing in some fun.
Snooki, Gaga hot for Halloween costumes this year