September 26, 2011

Formal Halloween Costume Ideas

In the last post you read about tips for helping you search for Halloween costumes for toddlers. If you have toddlers, or have older children now, you know how much fun they can be. Well, for those of you with slightly older kids (grade school) who enjoy being creative, you’re probably trying to help them figure out how to create a unique costume this year. Halloween is the perfect time to pull out the formal dresses, suits and/or tuxedos! Below are a few ideas to help you reuse your kids’ formal wear and create a fun and unique “formal” Halloween costume.

1.      Fairy Tale Princess: If you have a little diva on your hands, then it’s quite possible she would enjoy getting all dressed up like a real princess. Make this more fun by deciding on a specific fairy tale princess for your little one to be. For instance, if she likes Cinderella, help her find some real “glass” slippers to go with her dress. Using a real formal dress fora fairy tale princess costume is a lot better than settling for the ones at Wal-Mart and other department stores.

2.      Count Dracula: Little boys generally love theatrics and special effects, which is why some enjoy vampires and the tale of Count Dracula. Well, if your son has been in a wedding recently and has a tuxedo hanging up in the closet, get it out, buy some make up and vampire teeth and help transform your angel into Count Dracula!

3.      Gangster/Mob Boss: A lot of older boys spend time reading comic books (or watching the recreations at the movies) and a lot of the characters in comic books are gangsters or involve the mob. As you know, these villains are generally well dressed and wear suits, ties, hats and dress shoes. So, break out the suit in the closet, find a tie and matching hat with some fancy shoes…and don’t forget the (fake) machine gun!