September 24, 2011

Tips for Picking Out Toddler Halloween Costumes

Believe it or not, it’s almost Halloween again! Seems like it was just last week we were out trying to find the perfect costume for my then 2 ½ year old. This year things are a little different as my son is almost 4 and full of opinions. If you are also about to begin shopping for toddler Halloween costumes, below are a few tips you may find handy (I know I did).

1.    Be Flexible – After spending three years picking out clothes for our kids, it’s hard to get away from this habit and let them pick out their own clothes. This goes for Halloween costumes too. I would love to see my son in something fun, cute and unique, but my son has different ideas. He wants to be either a fireman or Woody from Toy Story…like so many other little boys want. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is my toddler’s Halloween costume (not mine) so I need to be flexible and just “go with the flow’ here as it will make his Halloween more fun and memorable for him.






2.    Be Smart – While it’s important to be flexible and let your little one have a say in what he wants to be for Halloween, you should still be smart when helping him choose a costume. By this I mean, you should carefully examine (or read if shopping online) the costume to make sure there aren’t any small pieces that could be harmful to your toddler.

3.    Be Thrifty – The great thing about toddlers is that they aren’t old enough to care about how much something costs. All they care about is that they get to dress up in a costume that they picked out! So, be thrifty! There’s nothing wrong with using a former costume that a friend’s child previously used if that’s what your little one wants to be. You can also find great deals by shopping online or at thrift stores too.

4.    Have Fun – Finally, try not to get too stressed out about the toddler Halloween costume shopping experience. Try to remember how exciting it was for you when you were little and shopping for Halloween costumes. Just relax, have fun and enjoy this time with your toddler!