Choosing a Halloween Costume: How to Help Your Child Decide

Choosing a child’s Halloween costume can be daunting, especially with all the costume choices these days!

Whether you buy one from the store or you would like to make your own Halloween costume, there are a lot of options out there. 

Choosing a Halloween Costume: Red LEGO, Monarch Butterfly, Cristophe, Mummy, Princess, and Fairy
What is your child interested in? That should help you decide what the Halloween costume should be.

So how do you help your child choose what to be?

Helping Your Child Choose a Halloween Costume

When brainstorming ideas, think about your child’s interests and hobbies. Does he love to push his toy cars and trucks around?

Or maybe your little girl adores her afternoon tea parties with her teddy bears.

Whether it’s dinosaurs, football or bugs, their interests provide a starting point to build their costume around.(This post contains affiliate links.)

Here Are A Few Quick Examples Of Matching A Child’s Interest To Their Costume:

Do They Love Cars?

Use yellow duct or electrical tape to add the center dividing line for a road all over a black sweatshirt. Attach dollar store cars to the shirt/road.

Do They Love Tea Parties and Princesses?

Tea party princess – Fake pearls, a fancy play hat and a lovely feather boa make a great fancy-pants outfit.

Baseball Fan?

Wearing a baseball cap, a dark t-shirt with a number painted on the back and carrying a toy bat makes them the star player.

Use the things they love to help them find the best Halloween costume.

Getting Creative With You Halloween Costume Ideas

Use your imagination or your child’s for that matter!

If your son is a dinosaur expert, ask him to choose three favorite creatures he might like to be for Halloween.

Together, look them up on the Internet, then from the pictures envision the best plan of attack to make the costume.

Choosing a Halloween Costume: How to Help Your Child Decide: Black and orange monarch butterfly costume
Be creative to make your child’s costume, or if it is easier, you can always buy it.

Monarch Butterfly Costume

If your child loves butterflies, this beautiful Monarch butterfly costume might be just what you’re looking for.

Not everyone is crafty, and if you’re not that is okay. You can also buy your child’s Halloween costume once you find out what they want to be.

Superhero Costume

Maybe your kids are the superhero type, in which case costumes can be as simple as a piece of fabric for the cape, a mask made from felt and a t-shirt with a painted or fabric logo glued on.

Also, remember, not all heroes wear capes! Some heroes are everyday workers we see in our lives.

Can You Sew Your Child’s Halloween Costume?

If you sew, there are tons of patterns available online and in fabric stores. 

You can easily make stuff like:

If you aren’t much of a seamstress, or simply don’t have a sewing machine available, hot glue works well on most fabrics. Don’t forget about fabric tape!

Sewing Is Not Required

Not crazy about working with patterns and fabrics? There are other alternatives, such as cardboard and poster board.

Super Easy LEGO Costume

If your child is a Lego fan, they’ll love this Lego costume made from a cardboard box and spray paint.

Choosing a Halloween Costume: Boy and Girl dressed like LEGO blocks
Or simple LEGO blocks!

There are plenty of costumes that can be put together from items around the house.

Chef’s Costume

For example, it’s easy to create a chef’s costume.

Borrow one of Daddy’s white button up shirts, make a chef’s hat from white poster board, grab a wooden spoon, whisk and plastic mixing bowl, dust some flour on your child’s face and they’re ready to go.

Choosing a Halloween Costume: Boy and girl dressed like a mummy
You can also be a scary mummy!

Super Simple Mummy Costume

Maybe your child likes watching old monster movies with dad. If so, dress him us as a classic mummy.

Take an old white bed sheet or other light colored fabric, cut or torn into long strips, and soak it in tea.

Let the fabric get a bit tea stained then rinse, squeeze out the excess water and let dry.

Wrap your child up in the fabric, use safety pins in various spots as you go to keep the bandages from unraveling.

Princess Costume

Does your daughter love princesses?

Help her bring that fantasy to life with a little creativity. Make a Princess hat from poster board or a sheet of craft foam and some tulle.

Tape the end of some tulle to the poster board, then roll up the poster board into a cone shape.

Trim the bottom edge of the cone so it is even, and decorate the rim with felt or lace.

Use tape or a stapler (make sure the sharp end of the staple is on the outside of the hat) to attach a piece of elastic for a chin strap.

Make a fancy skirt by sewing shiny fabric, then covering in complementary tulle (or raid the dress-up box).

Finish with a pretty blouse, add some body glitter to her face, a touch of lip gloss and some simple homemade princess bracelets.

Search For Your Child’s Halloween Costume Early

Don’t wait until 3 days before Halloween to start looking for ideas!

Sure, you’ll find something, but chances are you will narrow down your choices dramatically.

If you plan to make your own costume and it requires accessories or a certain fabric, you could find yourself out of luck.

Remember, there are hundreds of other parents doing the same thing as you!

Choosing a Halloween Costume: How to Help Your Child Decide: green fairy wings, cristophe, and a princess bracelet
Be something magical! A fairy, a princess with a fancy bracelet, or even Kristoff from Frozen.

How To Search For Halloween Costumes Online

Type in phrases such as DIY Halloween costumes or Halloween costume ideas into search engines and use the image option for quick visual results.

Go to Pinterest and search on costumes for kids for some real Halloween overload!

You’ll find plenty of ideas from popular movies, like these Frozen costume ideas or collections of specific types like these no-sew costume options.

You’ll find costumes from the simple to the elaborate and everything in between.

Don’t Let The Hunt For The Perfect Halloween Costume Stress You Out

Halloween is a fun time of year, but chances are your child will wear that costume once.

Maybe you have younger kids that you can pass it down to, or perhaps they’ll use it for dress up fun.

But, more than likely they’ll wear it for a Halloween party and for trick-or-treating and never touch it again.

So don’t stress yourself out about it and worry about it being perfect, your child will love whatever you buy or make for them.

Keep it simple and do whatever makes you and your child happy. If that means buying a costume then so be it.

If you love to create, then by all means make one! Whatever makes the two of you smile together. So what are you waiting for? Sit down with your kids and put your heads together to come up with a fun Halloween costume idea you both will truly enjoy.

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What costume is your child interested in? Will you be making it? Let us know in the comments!

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