Timeless costumes kids love
With a bit of forethought, your Halloween costume can do double duty and last all through the year in the dress-up box. Kids costumes these days come in all shapes and sizes, from adorable infant costumes to toddler costumes and all the way to matching parent-and-child costumes.
Baby Halloween costumes don't really have to be anything more than a cute pair of PJs or a seasonal bodysuit. Chances are your little munchkin will sleep through the trick-or-treating, so go for something comfortable, cozy and not too delicate. The last thing you need on those first Halloween pictures is a grumpy baby being itched and prickled by their costume.
Toddlers however, are a completely different matter. Don't skimp on your toddler's costume – they invariably love dressing up. No matter what the occasion is, most toddlers firmly believe that dress up clothes are much better than their normal kids clothing. For your own sake, help them choose something you don't mind seeing every day, either in the house or in public. Of course, everyone you meet will tell your little angel how adorable he or she looks, and they will no doubt love the attention, which means they will want to wear that costume even more!
Kids costumes come in such an array of choices (superheroes, princesses, witches, animals) that the list is endless. Before you go ahead and buy a scary costume, think about where your child will be wearing it. Most schools that have Halloween parades or parties don't allow weapons or costumes of a violent nature, so don't waste your money on a costume that can't be worn.
Keeping the Costume Clean
Sadly, dress up clothes don't always wash very well. After a while, that precious little princess or brave superhero will begin to look a little tired and unkempt (though sometimes that just adds to the charm). Most costumes can be washed on a gentle cycle. The dryer, however, is a big no-no. It's always best to air dry your child's precious treasure of an outfit.
Dressing up doesn't have to be just for the kids. There are some wonderful adult costumes available as well. Maybe the whole family could join in – dress up as the cast of Scooby Doo, Star Wars or The Simpsons. Have fun with dressing up – your memories will last forever and you will treasure the pictures as your children grow up.
By Julie Wood