Halloween is almost here once again. The most important thing about buying a Halloween costume is to buy it before pickings are slim. It wouldn't be much fun for a little girl who wants to be the Queen of Hearts to have to dress up as a ninja girl because that was all that was left at the store, now would it? Luckily, we have the option of on-line shopping as well, so whatever costume one wants to buy for their little girl, there's an e-store out there who will have it, and in many different styles.
Become a Princess
But, what sort of costume will your daughter pick this year? The old favorite by many is to become a Princess. There are several types to choose from, some in bright colors, and others more sinister and dark.
The classic Princess look involves a costume with a pink, purple, or blue frilly dress, usually poofy with tulle and lots of lacy things. Princess costumes can have either a plastic tiara, or a cone shaped hat with a veil hanging down from the tip. These types are really pretty and were popular with my daughter when she was younger.
Other styles include fairy princesses, which include wings to wear, medieval princesses with period costumes, or a favorite of many, the Disney Princesses. If dressing as a Disney Princess such as Ariel or Snow White, a fun addition to the costume would be to add a wig in the color of the character's hair, styled in the way the Princess wears it. The same can be applied if the child is a Star Wars fan, and chooses to be Princess Leia.
Princesses don't have to always be all puff and fluff, though. They can also be a little bit "darkside" as well. Find a dark colored (preferably black or blood red) Halloween dress (or any dress that will tie in to the character), and pair it with a black-spray painted tiara. Once your child has perfected her best "Muahaha haha" evil Princess laugh, she's ready to go. (Evil Queens always start out as Princesses)
Making your own Princess costume is as easy as that, though. Just pair a tiara with your child's girliest dress, and voila!, instant Princess costume.
Aargggg! Pirate Costumes
Pirate costumes are probably my favorite of all, and after years of begging, my daughter has decided that it's the character to be this year.
Girl Pirate costumes are really whimsical, and feature colors appealing to girls (namely, pink or red). To make your own outfit, pair a cloth skirt with a frilly blouse (that falls below the child's waist). Wrap a scarf around the child's waist (letting the shirt fall below) and tie it off at the back, hiding the ends in the folds.
Wear boots, and if a pirate hat isn't handy, wrap their head in a scarf (or, wear a skull cap like a biker would wear underneath their helmet). Accessories could include toy parrots, plastic pirate swords or muskets, and eye patches (hooks too, if it appeals to them).
There really aren't any rules when it comes to making your own costume; just use what is handy and construct it in the way you envision it in your head. Involve your daughter and it can be a fun experience for both.
Good or Bad Witches
Witches are no longer a scary thing, not with the scores of really pretty "good witch" costumes out there with poofy fabrics, tulle, laces, and even glitter. And, all are accented with bright and pretty colors. So, a witch is definitely a girly thing to be, today.
There are other types of witches though. A witch like Hermione, from the Harry Potter series doesn't wear bright colors, and has a dark colored robe instead. A witch that is more of a sorcerer type would do the same. these witches use wands as their accessories.
There are also "bad witches" such as the Wicked Witch of the West as seen in The Wizard of Oz. A witch like this would wear dark clothing and have green face paint (bonus if they have a crooked nose piece added on!).
Every witch needs a broom, and a pointed hat, so those are the main accessories to buy for a witch Halloween costume.
Whichever type of witch the child chooses to be, there are plenty of choices to pick from in the styles they'd like.
Be a Superhero
Superhero costumes are among my favorites because I like comics quite a lot. For the girls out there who do as well, there are a variety of Halloween costumes featuring some of their favorite characters tailored to little girls.
Some of the more popular costumes include Supergirl, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, the Flash, and Captain America.
But, it's also fun for kids to make their own costumes sometimes, and this theme would give them an opportunity to create their own superhero. If going for the "tights" look (like Wonder Woman), a solid color bathing suit bottom would work well, and they can wear a pair of tights underneath to stave off the cold. Use a form fitting (stretch) shirt in a solid color as the top, and allow the child (or, work with the child) to paint on their own emblem (such as their initial). A cap can be made with bought material and also decorated. Eye masks are also easy to make by taking a long strip of material and cutting holes in it for the eyes, and a section out between the eye-holes for the bridge of the nose. It can then be tied behind their head.
Punk Rock Glam
Maybe your little girl wants to rock out this Halloween. Rebels, rockers, punks...there's lots of costumes and ideas pertaining to this theme.
As you can see from the images to the left and below, there are a variety of styles to pick from as well as some really cool wigs to top off the look.
But, this is one of the easiest costumes type to make.
With my daughter, I used a white T-shirt which was fitted. I made a stencil out of cardboard that said "The Clash" which is a band we enjoy, and laying the stencil down on the shirt, I spray-painted the stencil, letting the paint go over the sides in places to give it a not-so-neat-and-trim look.
I then made a black skirt which I tattered. (Skinny black jeans would also work). In the tattered places, I used safety pins to give the illusion that they were holding it back together. I did it in such a way that it was a pattern, and not all over the place. We paired it with a pair of children's fishnets, which had the knee out in one leg, and some clunky black boots.
To accessorize, I gave her some spiked leather cuffs to wear on her wrist, and some Union Jack earrings and necklace. Instead of punking out her own hair, I bought a wig in pink and black for her to wear.
Whatever you decide, store bought or making your own, have fun with it. This is a costume idea that allows self-expression and it's a lot of fun coming up with a "cool look" with children.
Pick a Decade
Flapper dresses, disco divas, sock-hop goers, carhops, big hair band members...there's a lot to choose from when choosing costumes pertaining to a certain era.
Some of the more popular ones are Mod styles, Hippie styles, and even Valley Girl (or rather, 1980's Pop styles)
My favorite to dress my daughter in was 1980's style since it was the era I spent my childhood in. With her outfit, I paired a vintage-looking pink David Bowie shirt of hers with some metallic blue tights that cut off above her ankles. On top of those, she wore a poofy skirt that was black with small polka dots in neon colors. The shirt, we tied off at the side and I took the collar out so that it would fall over a shoulder. I then teased her hair to no end and sprayed it with hairspray once it was styled.
She wore some Skechers that were in various bright colors (Twinkle Toes....really cute shoes!), and some red plastic frame sunglasses that were popular back in the day. I bought some costume jewelry for her to wear as well (long fake pearl necklaces which we knotted about 3/4 of the way down).
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