The countdown is on for Halloween! Since the back to school items were replaced on store shelves by Halloween ones, my kids have been searching for the perfect Halloween Costume. Unfortunately, this decision isn’t as easy as it seems. Sure, you could grab any item off the shelf or make your own, but to truly enjoy your Halloween there are four things you should keep in mind.
- Find Your Own Style – Halloween is a time to branch out and be something new. Although it may sound like the perfect disguise, your Halloween costume actually says a lot about your personality. Choose an outfit that you will feel comfortable in. If you are a conservative person, the sexy nurse probably isn’t a good fit. Begin your Halloween costume search with a list of your favourite characters and things to do, then narrow it down from there.
- Set and Stick to Budget This is probably the most difficult part of Halloween Costume shopping. Costumes can range from a few dollars at the dollar store for a DYI costume to hundreds of dollars for a flashy, animated one. If you are hoping to wear the latest movie fad character (Star Wars, Marvels, Frozen), expect to pay a lot. If you are looking for a more unique costume, search online, clearance bins and participate in trades and swaps.
- Think about its purpose Is this a costume that will be used one night? Or do you expect it to make a reappearance? If its a character that they are obsessed with or often pretend to be, I don’t mind spending the extra money on a well made costume that will provide hours, not one night, of fun! Since its release, DD5 has been obsessed with movie Frozen. Last year, I went the cheap route and bought an off the shelf, Elsa costume. Sadly, the costume didn’t last the night. This year, I decided to spend the money and get DD5 a costume that will allow her to be a Snow Princess everyday!
- Consider Safety You want your child to have fun on Halloween, but it is dark, (normally damp!) and they are running up and down unfamiliar terrains in clothing they are not use to wearing. To ensure your child is safe, you need to pick a costume that is comfortable and allows your child to move freely. Many house are lit by pumpkin candle light, so you need to avoid billowing outfits, flowing veils, long sashes and anything that could cause your child to trip or catch on fire. Remember, the end of October can get cold.Choose a costume that will allow you to layer your child with warmth.
Great Pretenders started in 1989 and is one of oldest dress up companies in North America who have won over 25 awards including Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s S.N.A.P. award with customers that include ranks of actor Robert Downey Jr. in the gift shop of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
When I’m looking for a great costume for my kids, I turn to Great Pretenders for inspiration. They are well made dress-up costumes that range from super heroes to princesses and everything in between. The Great Pretenders are known as the innovative leader in the pretend-play market for children, but are proud to be the only company that still manufactures costumes in North America (in Sarnia) !
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