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Finding the Perfect Costume for Your Kid

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Lara Shriftman: Halloween is my favorite holiday. Last year I was so excited for my son's first Halloween that I bought his costume in the middle of summer! Now that he is almost 2, he thinks he is Lightning McQueen and is obsessed with all things cars. Naturally, he will be dressing up as a race car driver for Halloween.

halloween costumes for kids

When August rolled around this year, I started my search for the perfect costume. There were so many fun options, but I had to search high and low to find him a costume that was smaller than a size 2T. I finally found three different ones, and of course had to buy all of them!

After hearing about his great costumes, all of my son's friends want to be race car drivers for Halloween too, so they are going to dress up as a team! Now with all of these great costumes, I have the perfect excuse to have another Halloween party for my son this year!

Here are a few of the things I've learned:

• Be sure to shop for Halloween costumes early. The best ones sell out fast!
• Try not to pick one from a local costume shop. Chances are, your kids will have the same outfit as your neighbor, and it will be a big boo-hoo for them both!

Another great option is to get creative and make your own costume:

• You can combine a few new pieces with things you already have around the house.
• For my son's costume, I collected several vintage Penske racing patches to sew onto his outfit.

Finally, here are some great places to find Halloween costumes:

Where to Find the Perfect Halloween Costume

Pottery Barn Kids

Puffy Alligator Costume, $59.00, from Pottery Barn Kids


Toddler Girls' Sugar Plum Fairy Costume, $29.99, from

Lil' Lion Elite Collection Infant/Toddler Costume, $49.99, from

Old Navy

Pirate Costume for Baby, $15.00, from

Old Navy also has great dog costumes!

Lillian Vernon

Thomas the Tank Engine Costume, $24.98, from

Grandin Road

Little Bee and Lady Bug Baby Halloween Costumes, $35.00 each, from

Toys "R" Us

Disney Princess Jewels Princess Jasmine Halloween Costume, $14.99, from

Chasing Fireflies

Gladiator, $48.00, from

Costume Express

Transformers Bumblebee Movie 3-D Deluxe Child Costume, $49.99, from

This website is one of my personal favorites! They have costumes for both children and dogs that I haven't seen anywhere else.

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Miffed October 19, 2009, 7:25 AM

Can you hock those 40 to 50 dollars costumes some place else. In case you haven’t noticed we’re in a recession and it’s only getting worse. As for my kids…they will be hitting the ol’ dress up box and using their imaginations.

Halloweenbaby June 9, 2010, 11:04 AM

Found the CUTEST flamingo costume for my daughter at Chasing Fireflies!!

Karen  June 20, 2010, 7:37 PM

Great advice to buy costumes early! I learned the hard way last year that once it gets closer to Halloween the stores get absolutely crazy. And you can also run into the issue of all of the stores and catalogs having the same exact costumes.

Anonymous July 28, 2010, 11:35 AM

great suggestions!! Thanks!

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