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My oldest child may only be on her fourth Halloween, but I’ve been around the block enough to know some great tips for choosing your toddler’s halloween costume. It only took me once to walk her through the Costume aisle before I decided that was NOT happening again the next year. I mean, at least for us, our little mini toddlers are SO INDECISIVE that it was just too overwhelming. So, last year, I set out on a mission to put the FUN back in choosing costumes and the overall Halloween experience for our kiddos. I started with the costumes, here are 5 Tips For Choosing Your Toddler’s Halloween Costume (note this might not work on elementary age children, but you may get lucky!):
Step One: Brainstorm Costume Ideas
Yes, step one is to brainstorm costume ideas. I like to write out a list of my kids favorite things, favorite shows, favorite characters and start from there. I consider what they were the previous year and try to go in a slightly different direction to mix it up if possible. I also consider if I am in the mood for matching costumes or solo costumes. While matching costumes can be hard to get both kids to go along with, it works sometimes!
Step Two: Consider the Weather
This is key to a great evening. Since we live in Texas, it can still be extremely hot toward the end of October at times, so I try to plan accordingly. I want to think of a costume that can be layered if it is cold, or won’t be too hot if its 90 degrees. This point might be irrelevant if you live in a more predictable climate than us.
Step Three: Research Where To Buy
There is no point in offering up a costume idea to your child that you can’t find, is too expensive or you don’t have time to make. I have always started at the buybuy BABY website and seen what great options they have for costumes. I actually use their site when I’m brainstorming too, because they always have a few unique halloween costumes that I haven’t thought of yet.
Step Four: Present 2-3 Options
Once you have done your research, present 2-3 options to your child with pictures so that they can decide who they want to be. In this step, I try to ask over the series of a week to ensure I get the same answer. Last year, Brooke really wanted to be Tinker Bell so it was pretty simple. Each time, we got the same answer so it was VERY easy. This year, we got several answers… daily.
Step Five: Buy THE ONE
This year, thankfully, we already have a TON of different costumes from buybuy BABY that Brooke uses for “dress up”. This really helped her decide what she wanted to be and the icing on the cake is that she really wants to have a coordinating costume with her brother. She is over the moon excited about it and I cannot wait to share it on Halloween! Hint: Its Disney – Its from buybuy BABY and they both really like the movie. (I know, this is a terrible hint).
I hope that these tips really help you have a fun Halloween and stress free time choosing a costume for your toddler from buybuy BABY! Insider Tip: When all else fails, buy 5 – add them to your dress up collection and let them pick the night of!) Plus – here is a little extra tip below:
#1 HALLOWEEN PARENTING TIP: Have a “practice run”. Toddlers are new at this Halloween thing. Try on their costume, show them how to trick-or-treat, and take your Halloween pictures in advance. This way – Halloween night is ALL ABOUT FUN!!