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Costumes available at Halloween Express and most major retailers. Dragon and Fairy exclusive to Pottery Barn Kids.

Girls: 

Fairy Princess

Wedding dress designer, Monique Lhuillier has created a new collection of Halloween costumes for Pottery Barn Kids. The whimsical fairy costumes include layers of light sheer and glittery fairy wings.

Belle from “Beauty and the Beast “

A new adaptation of the movie came out this year, and viewers fell in love with the movie and characters all over again. Don the yellow dress and don’t forget the tiara.

Wonder Woman

Become this iconic superhero with a costume that screams girl power. The dress, belt, gauntlets, tiara, armbands and shin guards come with this set from Rubie’s Costume Company.

Hatchimals Pengualas

Hatchimals, the toy that could not stay on the shelves last Christmas, now has a costume. Kids can dress as the freshly-hatched Penguala animal just like the toy. Rubie’s Costume Company.

“Descendants 2” Uma

Ursala’s daughter Uma, is at it again in the second Disney “Decendants” movie. Dress as the undersea trouble maker who commands her pirate crew.

Disney’s “Moana”

Girls can become the main character from the Disney hit movie “Moana,” and channel their inner Hawaiian princess with this costume. Add wig and sandals to complete. Disguise Costume Company.

Boys:

“Spider-Man Homecoming”

A re-vamped version of the classic includes a padded jumpsuit and mask, and even has pretend spider webs hanging from the arms. This one is designed after “Spider-Man Homecoming” movie. Rubie’s Costume Company.

Dragon

This costume never goes out of style; medieval characters are always a fun pick. This version by Pottery Barn Kids includes the dragon jumpsuit, wings and headpiece.

Minecraft Steve

Chances are your child has played this video game a time or two, and this costume allows them to dress as one of the blocky characters. Disguise Costume Company.

“Transformers” Bumblebee

“Transformers: The Last Knight” came out this summer, and this costume lets kids dress as the famous yellow Autobot. Disguise Costume Company.

Power Rangers Red Ranger

The world is on the verge of alien threat and boys can dress as the Red Ranger to save the day. The new release of this movie brought back the popularity of this classic costume.

“Voltron”

Based on the Netflix animated series “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” a remake of the 1980s version, this costume includes a mask, body and 3D hand covers. Disguise Costume Company.

Build-it-Yourself:

Sometimes kids want to create a costume all their own – wings, a mask, a cape or silly hats. Here are some ideas for dress-up pieces:

Magical Capes and More

Bella Luna Toys makes high-quality kids’ costumes including the Woodland and Secret Garden cloaks. These can be worn time and time again for dressup play. Another favorite is the silk princess dress, made of 100 percent silk to last.

Make-Believe Galore

The Make Believe Animal Dress-Up costumes by Magic Cabin include headpieces, arms and tails of various animals to mix and match. They also make bird and butterfly wings covered in bright colors and patterns. The Play Silks come in seven different colors, and can be wrapped around clothes as skirts or tops for many types of play.

Look like a Celebrity

Kids can channel Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy Onassis with Modernechild’s fashionable
collections. Pick the Oh So Cateye sunglasses and the CoCo Lt Pink Tweed Dress or the Ivy Black-and- White Party dress for looks that can be worn year-round.

Cost-Saving Tips:

Look in the non-Halloween sections at the store: You would be surprised how Halloween costumes in the costume section may be more expensive. Grab a pair of fairy wings, a superhero mask or princess dress from the toy aisles.

Costume swap with friends: Is your child dying to be Wonder Woman or Spider-Man? It’s a good bet one of their friends was this character last year. Talk to other parents and see if they would be interested in swapping costumes from the previous year.

Search for ideas online: Pinterest and other social media sites and blogs are full of costume ideas for your kids and your entire family. Gather ideas and head to the craft store for supplies – you’ll be surprised what you can make with items around the house.

Shop thrift stores: Some carry Halloween costumes worn (once!) last year at highly discounted prices. You’ll also find clothing and vintage hats – all it takes is a little imagination to transform them into costumes.

Dress Up as a Family:

Shark Attack

Dad dresses up as a shark-attack victim (a surfer look with bandages and fake blood!). Kids dress up as sharks (make your own or purchase a shark costume), and mom dresses as a lifeguard (made simple with a lifeguard T-shirt and whistle).

The Wizard of Oz

A family of four could do this easily with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion. Have a dog? There’s Toto, too! For a bigger family, add Glenda the Good Witch, The Wicked Witch, The Wizard or Munchkins.

Star Wars

The galaxy far, far away never goes out of style and it’s relatively easy to create costumes for the characters. Luke, Leia, and Han are the obvious three, but with the addition of “The Force Awakens” you can add Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren. Don’t forget C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8.

“The Little Mermaid.”

Does your family have a tendency to break out into song? Then this light-hearted family costume theme may be a great choice for you. There’s a father, several daughters, a crab, a fish friend, a bird, a prince, a sea witch … the list goes on. This can work well for other fairy tale favorites, too. Have a family of boys?Mom can be Snow White and dad and kids can be the Seven Dwarfs. Or Prince Charming, Cinderella and her mice friends.

Christmas

Halloween is sort of the doorway into the holiday season. Why not have mom and dad dress up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the kids as elves? These costumes might work best for a cold weather climate. Other holidays would work, too – a St. Patrick’s Day theme with a family of leprechauns would be fun.

Something on the Creepy Side

Zombies, vampires, witches, werewolves, or perhaps one of each. Choose a scary theme and create a family of dark creatures for a spooky Halloween.

“Where the Wild Things Are.”

Choose one person for Max and everyone else gets to be a Wild Thing. This would work for other classic pieces of children’s literature, too. Try Dr. Seuss for inspiration with “The Cat in the Hat” or “Green Eggs and Ham,” or dress up as “The Three Little Pigs” or “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

–Sara Marchessault

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