Toddler Halloween Costumes
Help! I am stuck about what to do for my toddler’s Halloween costume. Those of you who have followed my posts in the past know that I am craft-challenged. So I had been looking to buy something simple. But tell me this…when did kids’ Halloween costumes get so freakin’ expensive??? And why are there twice as many costumes for girls than for boys? I think my criteria are pretty simple:
1. Costume must be under $35.
2. Child must be able to walk, talk, sit and see in the costume. Keep in mind, my son will barely put on a jacket without a fuss.
3. I’d prefer no commercial products or characters. He’s not into any yet, so why make him into a walking billboard?
4. It’s got to resonate with me or him in some small way shape or form.
Here are my usual go-to sources and how they’ve failed me this year:
- I’ve had awesome luck in the past with costumeexpress.com. This year I went looking for a toddler firefighter costume because my son is in LOVE with fire trucks. I found an awesome one… for $50! Yikes!
- Old Navy is usually a great choice. Kids costumes are very wearable (especially in colder climates) and extremely affordable. This year though the selection is just very limited – 6 options: a hamburger, a monster, or one of 4 animals. The Old Navy Tiger may have to be my fall-back position.
- Hand-me downs. AH. The ideal solution. The problem is between my daughter and my son’s first Halloween, we’ve just about exhausted our supply of hand-me down costumes. I do have a green M&M costume my sister sent with the last round of clothes. On the one hand that violates criteria #3 above, and on the other it does represent the whole idea of Halloween after all.
Even despite my personal limitations, I did try Pinterest, but a search for toddler Halloween costumes just turned up all the same stuff I was finding in online store searches. One promising pin for 35 homemade Halloween costumes just led to a bum link.
Am I too picky? Too frugal? Should I just cut two holes in a pillow case, call him a ghost and call it a day? Any thoughts are appreciated.