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Finding A Halloween Costume For Your Toddler

May 3, 2008
While adults often opt for spooky Halloween costumes, toddler Halloween costumes are cute and comical. Since many toddlers only have a limited understanding of Halloween, dressing up in toddler Halloween costumes can be as much fun for mom and dad as it is for them. However, older toddlers, especially those with older siblings, will be all about choosing a Halloween costume and dressing up.

Traditional costumes

Many toddler Halloween costumes center around the cute and adorable. Of course, there are always plenty of traditional costume options like plump pumpkins, adorable black cats, and ghosts that are silly rather than spooky.

Cartoon characters

Many toddlers watch a TV program. Thus, many parents and toddlers look to their favorites for inspiration. You are certain to see a fair number of Doras and Diegos, Blues Clues, Mickey Mouses, and Elmos running around on Halloween night.

Movie Stars

Another source of inspiration for toddler Halloween is their favorite movies. Online Halloween costume retailers have everything you need to create your own Batman, Spiderman, Winnie the Pooh, or Disney Princess. In fact, with all the options out there, you may have a hard time deciding on your favorite.

Making Halloween memorable

Think back to what made Halloween memorable for you. A good portion of the excitement was the big bag of candy that you received at the end of the night. However, a good portion of that candy you got just for being cute. Let's face it - most toddlers can barely muster out an intelligible "Trick-or-Treat" with which to "earn" their candy. So this is the time of their lives where they are dependent on you to dress them up in cute Halloween costumes and take plenty of pictures!

However, you need to be careful to make sure that Halloween isn't too memorable for them - in a scary way. Many older siblings and neighborhood kids will often choose the scarier type of costumes. For impressionable children, these spooks out on Halloween night can cause nightmares and fears of the unknown. Some parents will limit their toddlers to trick-or-treating early in the evening before the older kids come out or to attending toddler Halloween costume parties with their peers.

Choosing the costume that is right for your toddler

Picking the right costume for your toddler can be a bit of a challenge. After all, many toddlers change their minds several times a day. Thus, you may need to get creative in choosing a costume for them and then getting them excited about your choice.

When shopping online, make sure that you have your child's measurements handy. There is nothing worse than having your perfect toddler Halloween costume not fit properly! Also while shopping, make sure that you have all of the Halloween accessories. Many toddlers are uncomfortable wearing full masks, so investing in some washable, nontoxic face paint is a good alternative. If you are planning on trick-or-treating after dark, make sure that the costume includes reflective areas that will reflect back the lights of passing cars to make your child more visible.

Having the right toddler Halloween costume can make the holiday even more fun and memorable for your tot.
About the Author
Paul Hulse writes for the Halloween Costumes online retailer www.incostume.com. Please visit their site for more information on Kids Halloween Costumes.
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