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From you, to you. Here are the top Halloween kid costumes picked in 2008.
Little Dalmatian from dcarey03
Why we picked this: This little Dalmatian is dog-gone cute. We adore her necklace, which is shaped as a bone and has her name, "Spot," written on it.
Cheetah Girl from wpp
Why we picked this: This little Cheetah looks like she's ready to pounce -- on some Halloween candy.
Kitty Cat from martin
Why we picked this: The face paint on this black-and-pink kitty really pulls together the entire costume. We love the pink fur, too!
A Pretty Bride from anonymous
Why we picked this: This tiny bride looks elegant in a pretty white dress, veil, and long white gloves. Do you suppose she's serving Halloween candy at the reception?
The Tooth and Fairy from jcc
Why we picked this: This is one of the best costume duos we've ever seen! And we especially love how the fairy's crown is made of toothbrushes.
Sweet Snow White from anonymous
Why we picked this: Because this little one's shoes are darling! We think the red pattern in Snow White's shoes goes perfectly with her dress.
Pretty Princess from lmaxey
Why we picked this: We're mesmerized by the subtle, sparkling details in this little girl's light blue dress. Her wand is gorgeous, too!
The Fairy Princess from jnewtown
Why we picked this: We were bowled over by her long, hot-pink hair and multicolor wings. And what a fabulous grin!
A Scary Face from peggy.daugherty1
Why we picked this: We couldn't believe this was a real little boy at first. His make-up and costume are extra spooky!
Unhopeful Cheerleader from Mpath
Why we picked this: A spin on a typical cheerleader costume, this one is anything but cheery. We like how the bluish tone of her skin reflects the purpose of the costume. Go Zombies!
Beetlejuice and His Bride from sfyke
Why we picked this: We can't decide what we love more -- the little guy's black-and-white suit (and black eyes) or her tattered gray-and-white wedding dress.
Werewolf in Florida from kris.gillespie
Why we picked this: Yikes! We were terrified by this werewolf's long, sharp teeth and glowing eyes.
A Holiday Chef from l_bar_z_ranch
Why we picked this: We love how professional this little chef looks in her official jacket and toque (and dimples).
A Happy Army Man from anonymous
Why we picked this: Because the camouflage face paint blends perfectly with this little one's military uniform.
A Little Boxer from vyrios
Why we picked this: This tough little guy is ready to throw some punches. And Rocky Balboa would surely be jealous of the dazzling blue robe and red boxing gloves.
Sweet Shortcake from maryenix
Why we picked this: Strawberry Shortcake couldn't be any sweeter! We love her vibrant pink wig, delightful strawberry hat, and rosy-pink cheeks.
Little Mermaid from tntscotty
Why we picked this: We really like this glamorous spin on Ariel from the film "The Little Mermaid." Her sparkling crown and decorative jewelry make this costume exceptional.
Bunny Brooke and Spiderman Ralphy from kmr351
Why we picked this: We never thought Spiderman would hang out with a fuzzy pink bunny, but in this photo, they're best friends!
Tiny Dorothy from anonymous
Why we picked this: This little girl sports the ruby-red slippers and pigtails just like the real Dorothy. We really like her playful basket.
Little Red Riding Hood from juzmedarlene812
Why we picked this: We love how the red-and-white plaid fabric in the basket matches the plaid fabric in her dress. Can the Big Bad Wolf be bought off with apples?
A Puppet Show from pattydelprete
Why we picked this: We've never seen a living, breathing marionette before (outside of a Disney movie, that is). And this little guy's oversized hands and feet really made us laugh.
Dorothy for a Day from vkyln
Why we picked this: We love her hair! The wavy pigtails really make this little girl look like the real Dorothy. And her vibrant red lips call attention to her great smile.
Nana's Little Scarecrow from tootsnana1119
Why we picked this: The details on this costume are truly impressive. We especially love the straw poking out of his sleeves and pants, and the "stitched-on" nose. Cute as can be!
Go Mario from emmitav
Why we picked this: This Mario knows what's up. We really like his thick black mustache, floppy red hat, and white gloves, all of which really make this video game character come to life.
A Green Nose from sassiechick77
Why we picked this: This little one's cute-as-a-button green nose stands out from the other witch costumes we've seen. Plus, we really like her bucket, a witch's pot perfect for hoarding candy.
Angelic Witch from clairebearsmom2004
Why we picked this: This pretty orange-and-black dress makes this young witch look awfully angelic. Do you think she's trick-or-treating for eye of newt?
Golden Good Witch from clobugzmom
Why we picked this: We love the golden hue of this witch's dress and hat -- a spin on the classic black dress.
Tough-Guy from maf1946
Why we picked this: Talk about attitude! Drawn-on facial hair, a black eye patch, and a hat with white-trimmed fur all make this pirate look pretty tough.
Captain Jack Sparrow from sjriddle7
Why we picked this: He's only 7, but this boy looks like an experienced pirate in his stringy brown wing, striped bandanna, and boots.
A Pirate's Hat from nikkilehman
Why we picked this: Even a simple pirate's hat can make a little girl happy. We love how she looks like she's having fun even when not in full costume.
A Boxed Robot from messymommy
Why we picked this: Because robot-chic is in this year. And we love how this simple robot costume comes with its own calculator.
A Talking Robot from april_abney23
Why we picked this: Made from cardboard boxes, spray paint, tape, and some imagination, this costume turns a real child into a walking, talking robot.