While some parents enjoy the challenge of finding suitable Halloween costumes for kids, others become overwhelmed at the thought. This is understandable, but with all of the options available, there is no need to feel this way.
Consider some of the following suggestions for finding Halloween costumes for kids. Remember that every child is different, and each child wants to be active to a different extent in planning his or her costume.
For kids who are apathetic or have no suggestions, parents actually have the easier option of choosing from several traditional costumes, such as a ghost or a pumpkin. Depending on your child's age, he or she may have some suggestions for costumes.
If your child enjoys a particular book, movie or television show, consider using a favorite character as a costume for your child. This takes the pressure off of you, the parent, to come up with an idea, and guarantees that kids will like be excited about the costume and the planning process.
Planning Halloween costumes for kids can be a fun and memorable activity for the entire family. If the costume is uncomplicated, try making a game out of finding material around the house that can be incorporated into the plan, or take your child to a thrift store.
If your child is not especially excited about the planning process, rest assured that there are plenty of premade Halloween costumes available inexpensively at any large chain store.
Halloween costumes for kids come with special considerations that cannot be overlooked. One of the most important things to take into account is safety. If your child will be trick-or-treating, make sure the costume is reflective or easily visible at night.
Make sure that the costume is practical and easy to walk in, and that your child will not be likely to trip over the bottom or be injured by any sharp pieces in the event of a fall. If your child will be wearing his or her Halloween costume to school, make sure to take note of school rules when preparing the costume.
Many schools have rules regarding Halloween costumes. Some schools do not allow certain decorations, such as blood, or any gory or scary characters. If your child's costume is a character from a popular movie, book or television show, make sure that you know what that show, character, and every piece of your child's outfit stands for.
Remember that the experience of choosing a Halloween costume means something different to every child. Be sure to take this into consideration and respect your child's wishes in terms of which costumes he or she would enjoy and how involved he or she would like to be in the process.
However, if a costume feels inappropriate to you or does not follow family rules, remember that you are the parent. Whatever costume your child chooses to wear, make sure to take pictures and memorialize the event for future enjoyment.
Kids often want to keep their costumes, but consider other options as well after you are done with the costume for the year. Consider allowing your child to keep a special part of the costume but donating the rest to a thrift store or a group that collects used Halloween costumes for kids.
Another option is to save the costume as a hand-me-down for younger siblings or trade with friends and neighbors who have kids in return for costumes for future years.
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