Kids’ Halloween costumes: Look who’s knocking

Beth Whitehouse
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If you don’t recognize some of the trick-or-treaters who come to your door this Halloween, you’re not spending enough time watching TV or going to the movies.

Characters from screens big and small will be walking the streets this year, costume retailers say. “Blockbuster hits are a huge source of inspiration for Halloween costumes,” says Ressa Tomkiewicz, a spokeswoman for Party City.

Here’s a roundup of costumes retailers say will be popular with kids for Halloween 2015.

Minion costumes

The “Minions” are all over in 2015. Expect one on your doorstep Saturday.

Minions are little yellow creatures who live to serve villains — and in the super-popular “Minions” movie, which came out in July, they seek a new leader after having accidentally killed off their previous masters; $19.99 to $39.99 at Party City and

Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren from “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” is a hot seller in advance of the film’s opening in December.

The newest villain in the “Star Wars” epic — he will be featured in “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens,” which opens Dec. 18 — is sure to be a Halloween hit. Available in sizes small, medium and large; basic costume $28.99; deluxe model $38.99; light saber additional $14.99;

‘Descendants’ Evie

The “Descendants” Evie Deluxe Girls Costume is one of the most popular for kids.

“Descendants” is a TV movie that aired in July, the story of redemption for the exiled teenage descendants of fairy-tale villains who are invited to attend school with the children of Disney heroes. Evie is a daughter of the Evil Queen; $32.99; wig sold separately for $16.99 at Spirit Halloween stores and

‘Inside Out’ Joy

Joy is one of the five emotions from “Inside Out,” a Disney Pixar film.

“Inside Out” was a blockbuster summer kiddie movie, the animated story of an 11-year-old girl from the Midwest whose family moves to California. Five emotions who live in Riley’s head vie for power during the chaotic period: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The Disney Pixar “Inside Out” Joy Deluxe Child Costume includes Joy’s happy yellow dress and blue wig. A bonus — an adult version is $39.99, in case it’s time for a Mommy and Me Halloween. Available in size small (4-6), medium (7-8), large (10-12); $29.99 at mass retailers and select costume specialty retailers.

Look like Disgust from Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out” with this trendy Halloween costume. It comes with the dress, scarf and wig. Available in sizes small (4-6), medium (7-8) and large (10-12); $19.99 at mass retailers and

‘Paw Patrol’ Chase

Chase is one of the seven pups who star in the “Paw Patrol” television series for toddlers. He’s a police pup, and the costume includes jumpsuit, attached tail, hand and shoe covers, hat, attached ears and backpack. Also available are Skye the pilot pup and Marshall the fire dog costumes; $29.99 at Party City and

Captain Phasma

Another new “Star Wars” character who will be knocking on doors this Halloween is Captain Phasma, an evil member of the First Order who wears a chrome Stormtrooper suit and is played by actress Gwendoline Christie. Available in small, medium and large; $28.99 at

Popeye Bunting

Babies sizes 0 to 9 months can look like a little sailor with this bunting costume and sailor hat; $44.99 at Toys R Us.

Rainbow Sock Monkey

This infant costume set includes a multicolored snap-close inseam jumpsuit with tail and a matching hood with a monkey face; $35.99 at Toys R Us.

‘Paw Patrol’ Skye

Let your little one join Paw Patrol missions with the toddler “Paw Patrol” Skye costume, complete with the cockapoo’s hat, ears, backpack and adventure-ready jumpsuit; $20 at Target and

‘Descendants’ Mal Classic

Mal, the daughter of “Sleeping Beauty” character Maleficent, is another of the teen descendants of wicked characters featured in “Descendants”; $29.99; wig sold separately for $16.99 at Spirit Halloween stores and

‘Peppa Pig’

Kids’ favorite Nick Jr. character, Peppa Pig, comes to life with this hooded dress and spiraled pink tail. Leggings sold separately; $44.99 at

Batman Infant Diaper Cover set

Perfect for newborns, this DC Comics Batman costume includes a diaper cover, hat and cape; $33.99 at Toys R Us.

‘Big Hero 6’ White Inflatable Baymax

Everyone’s favorite robot from Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” the inflatable Baymax costume comes with an inflatable suit, pair of gloves, a mask and a fan. The child’s costume is one size fits all; $29.99 at Amazon and costume specialty retailers.

Deluxe ‘Wreck It Ralph’ costume

This “Wreck It Ralph” costume comes with the wig and bodysuit in sizes small, medium and large; $58.99 at

‘Star Wars’ Light Up Darth Vader

Aspiring junior Jedis will love this authentic Disney costume. Press the button on the upper chest to see LED lights from a molded chest plate. The costume includes a bodysuit, cape, gloves and face mask; $59.95 at select Disney Stores and


A thief just out of prison becomes the unlikely Marvel superhero “Ant-Man” when he’s armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size. The movie came out in July; $16.97 at

Disney Pixar Nemo

Based on “Finding Nemo,” this new costume includes a jumpsuit and fish hood with eyes; $60.99 at Toys R Us.

‘Big Hero 6’ Baymax Muscle

Character costume based on Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” the costume includes a jumpsuit with wings and protective armor, as well as a headpiece; $38.99 at Toys R Us.

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