What To Wear: The Halloween Costume Decision

Halloween is around the corner, and now comes the big decision! What does your child want to dress up for Halloween?

For your child, the costume her or she chooses is very important. Are you going out to buy a costume, or are you going to create one from home? They might want to wear a costume that's one of their favorite characters, is considered very cool and "in".

But, they don't want to have the same costume as half their classmates. This is a time of year when kids love to express themselves. So, the first "rule" is to let the kids be in charge of the choice—always making sure that it's something you can support. (This is a great time to have dialogue with your kids as they make their selections.)

We know where you're coming from and we've got some choices for your children that are not only "in", also some unique choices and ways to accessorize with role playing toys that kids will play with beyond Halloween.

As you select a costume, make sure it's the right size for kids. Today's commercially produced costumes have been designed with safety, visibility and comfort in mind. If you make your own, remember that kids have to walk in them, so no loose strings and that kids can see easily through masks. (You may want to use make-up instead.) Comfortable shoes are also important. Many commercially made costumes have shoe covers, and remind your little princess that pretend high heels may work well for dress up play at home but not so much for going trick-or-treating.

Most of all, have fun, and take plenty of pictures!

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    Elmo Toddler Costume

    The last time you really have any say about what your kids dress up as is their first Halloween. So go for something cute, we always say. Your little one will be warm and snuggly in this plush Elmo bodysuit with hood. You'll have the most adorable and huggable trick-or-treater on the block!

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    Ben 10 Alien Force

    Ben 10 - Alien Force Halloween Costume includes a jumpsuit and toy weapon. Ben 10 is one of the hottest properties out there for boys right now. Maybe because he's like them. Well, except for the fact that he can change into different aliens and battle evil. We're predicting that this will be a favorite this year.

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    Batman Brave & Bold Deluxe Muscle Chest Batman Halloween Costume

    Batman has become a preschool favorite. Something about the Caped Crusader gets little imaginations running in high gear. Kids can pretend to be Batman with the Batman Brave & Bold Deluxe Muscle Chest Batman Halloween Costume. It includes jumpsuit, headpiece, cape and belt. It does not include shoes.

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    Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen - Deluxe Bumblebee Halloween Costume

    Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen - Deluxe Bumblebee Halloween Costume includes a jumpsuit, chest piece, toy arm weapon and mask. Child size Small 4-6. The blockbuster movie of the summer bursts of the screen and onto the streets. We think that people would be afraid not to provide lots of candy to kids in this great costume.

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    Disney Princess Storybook Prestige Ariel with Gloves Halloween Costume

    Your little girl will be the prettiest thing under the sea with this Toys 'R' Us exclusive Disney Princess Storybook Prestige Ariel costume set, which includes a dress and matching headband. The bright aqua dress is designed in shimmering fabric with mesh overlays flecked in sparkling glitter. The "fish tail" skirt features glittered character art. It zips up in the back for easy, step-in dressing and ties around the neck in a halter style. Size: 4-6X.

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    Disney Princesses

    There is a wide variety of Disney Princess costumes available for all sizes from toddlers to adults. Seems like everyone wants to be a Disney Princess. Kids will love to choose their favorites - Belle, Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and many more. What we like about these costumes is that, for the little girls at least, many of them are very high quality and will stand up to a full year of dress up play.

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    Star Wars Revenge of the Sith - Darth Vader Deluxe Child Halloween Costume

    Your child will feel like he's in a galaxy far, far away in this awesome Star Wars Darth Vader Costume that includes a molded face mask, belt and a 100% polyester printed jumpsuit and cape. It's available in a variety of sizes.

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    SpongeBob SquarePants Child Halloween Costume

    Add a little nautical nonsense to your holiday with the Spongebob Squarepants Child Halloween Costume. The costume includes tunic and shoe covers and kids will feel like Bikini Bottom has come to your neighborhood.

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