Need some expert advice on shopping for children’s Halloween costumes? Take a look at TheFind’s Halloween shopping Q&A series with shopping and parenting expert Jeanine Edwards. Jeanine, Editorial Director at SHEfinds.com and MOMfinds.com shares her insight on Halloween shopping tips and trends.
What costumes do you anticipate will be trendy this Halloween?
For girls, Frozen will obviously be huge. We’ve found that Elsa is slightly more popular than Anna, but we anticipate character costumes for both princesses to sell out.
For boys, Ninja Turtles will likely be very popular given the movie’s success this summer. Superheros like Captain America, Spiderman and Batman are also always popular.
Popular Halloween costumes are typically character driven, so think of the big movies this year (Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, Transformers, etc) and those are likely where you’ll find Halloween gold.
What are some of the ideas on your kids’ Halloween costume list?
My daughter is torn between dressing as Elsa this Halloween or dressing as Storm from X-Men. Because she gets invited to multiple Halloween parties, we typically decide on 3-4 costumes. I only purchase one–the rest we DIY with items we already have or using pieces from costumes we’ve had in years past.
What suggestions do you have for parents shopping for hard-to-find items?
Get creative! If you can’t find the ready-made costume your child wants, be resourceful and try to make the costume using things you already own. For example, all you really need for an Elsa costume is a glittery blue dress, blonde wig, tiara and wand. Chances are you can DIY a sparkly dress pretty easily and it will probably be less expensive than buy a pre-packaged costume.
How early should parents start shopping / looking for costume additions for their kids? How late can they wait?
It depends whether or not your kids are diehard Halloween fans or have their hearts set on a specific costume. If your child wants to be one of the popular characters, better to get those costumes as early as possible. If your child really doesn’t care what his/her costume is, you can wait pretty late in the season and find something. Of course, there will be slim pickings, but I got my daughter a fairly decent Cleopatra costume the day before Halloween last year.
Also, there are some brand’s whose Halloween costumes are cult. Pottery Barn Kids is a perfect example because their costumes are very high quality. They recently released their Halloween collection, but they sell out super fast so it’s best to shop those earlier in the season as well.
What are your favorite tips and tricks for saving money on Halloween costumes?
For one, always save your costumes. Not only are they great for kids to play with during the year, but you can repurpose the items subsequent years to avoid having to buy a whole new costume every year.
Also, never underestimate the power of face paint. There isn’t a child out there that doesn’t love having his/her face painted and face paint is a heck of a lot cheaper than a name brand costume.
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