Okay, so at the time of this writing it's still a little over two months away. But Halloween will be here before we know it, and for a few weeks leading up to it, the season will be in full swing. It's always a really fun time of year for kids. Even before dressing up and trick-or-treating, there's the costume shopping, pumpkin picking (and carving), and perhaps a few more treats than usual. Throw in the fact that, at least in much of the United States, the weather becomes ideal for playing outside, diving in and out of piles of leaves, etc., and it's just about the perfect season for kids.
But even with all the fun of the season, the most enjoyable part to a lot of young kids—and their parents, too!—is picking out the right costume. It's the single most important tradition in a holiday season filled with them, and it's such a big deal to kids that a lot of 10-year-olds could accurately list off their last six or seven costumes in order. So, naturally, it's about time to start planning out some options, particularly if your child is so young he or she needs a little help picking out a Halloween outfit!
Here are a few early ideas that strike us as particularly fun this year.
Dress Up A Little Pokémon
Pokémon Go is the biggest entertainment sensation on the planet right now, and it has kids, adults, and entire families roaming their neighborhoods to hunt for Pokémon. But even if your child isn't into it (or is too young for it), there's just something undeniably cute about these creatures. Fortunately, you can find a number of popular Pokémon in costume form, often even for babies or toddlers, at numerous outlets online. And that means if you've been wondering how feasible it is to turn your little one into your own personal Pikachu on October 31st, the answer is yes.
Take A Simple Approach
Some really little kids may not want to bother with costumes just yet, and in that case it's nice to find a simpler option that still embraces the season without going over the top. For some inspiration in this regard, Tootsa has put together a few delightful sweaters that have some tame, costume-like features (such as protruding owl beaks or jack-o'-lantern tongues). Typically known as a brand for unisex clothing, they've really nailed the idea of low-key costuming this time around. And if you simply want a few fun outfits for your child for October before the actual holiday arrives, some sweaters like these could be interesting options for that as well.
Have Some Fun With Masks
It used to be that Halloween masks were pretty expensive. You'd go into a costume shop and find all kinds of choices that would basically obscure your children's vision entirely—not to mention most of them stink of rubber and/or cleaning materials! This isn't necessarily the case any longer, because there are alternative mask options that are far simpler and just as much fun for kids. One that may come to mind is Game Face, which made it big after an appearance on ABC's Shark Tank. They produce stick-on face masks (that can be custom made, too) that peel right off without any kind of mess. Beyond that idea, you can find a lot of hassle-free, affordable mask ideas just browsing online.
Go For The Classics
The classics could mean a lot of things when it comes to Halloween. You may even take it to mean things like ghosts, ninjas, cowboys, or other perennially popular outfits. But in this case, we're referring to some of the mainstream characters that have been dominating fiction for years now, be they from Star Wars, Marvel, Transformers, or Minecraft. Odds are if you have a little one, he or she is into something that falls in this range, and there are always fun costumes available.
These are just a few things to keep in mind as we creep closer to Halloween. Of course the most important thing is to find a costume your child will be excited about. But the holiday will be here in no time, so you may as well start thinking about your options!
Guest post by Sara Upton