Today’s parents are discovering the joy of dressing up their toddlers in Halloween costumes. If you are a parent who finds this idea stressful, take time to consider what fun and memories this tradition could bring for your family.
Many toddlers have the ability to truly appreciate their costumes. Of course, practicality and safety must be our first considerations when brainstorming possible ideas for Halloween costumes for toddlers.
First and foremost, make sure the costume is comfortable. At this age, comfort comes before elaborately decorative. If the child cannot walk around in the costume or wear it for long periods of time without becoming uncomfortable, it will not be fun for anyone.
Also make sure the material is something that can be spilled on and get dirty. Trying on your toddler’s Halloween costume ahead of time is just as much about safety as practicality.
Make sure your toddler can walk in his or her costume without tripping and that there are no sharp pieces or potential choking hazards attached.
Fortunately, these practical and safety precautions can be accomplished easily, since toddlers are typically more excited about the experience than the details of the costumes, themselves. For this reason, Halloween costumes can stay simple, and there is no need to be spendy.
Your Halloween costume choice depends on your toddler’s personality. If he or she is likely to be excited about participating in the process, suggest a character from his or her favorite book or video.
If your toddler is more reserved or does not have any preferences, you can easily choose a simple, traditional costume, such as a ghost or a pumpkin. Although toddlers may not be able to actually be much help in the planning and putting together of a Halloween costume, do take the time to allow them to do what is possible in order to create memories and excitement surrounding the event.
After you have decided on a Halloween costume for your toddler, your next task is deciding how to put the costume together. Fortunately, many simple costumes can be made for little or no cost.
Begin by looking for items you already have around the house, such as an orange and green outfit for a pumpkin or a white sheet for a ghost. Consider your priorities.
Making Halloween costumes for toddlers out of material that you have at home or piece together from second hand stores may be the cheapest option but is often more complicated than simply buying a premade costume.
On the other hand, sometimes premade costumes for toddlers that are sold at large chain stores turn out to be simpler and less expensive than buying all kinds of different materials and taking the time to fashion a costume on your own.
Once you are done with your toddler’s costume, you have several options. Many parents like to keep the outfit for memories to show their children when they are older. Some parents keep the costumes as hand-me-downs to use in future years for other toddlers in the family.
Another option is to consider donating the costume to a place that accepts Halloween costumes for toddlers or swapping costumes with a friend or neighbor for years to come.