Halloween Costume Shopping for your Little One

I am a big fan of Fall–cooler weather, falling leaves, fall wardrobe…But my favorite thing about the Fall is by far Halloween.

PP has been talking about Halloween since early July so obviously she is so excited for the holiday too. I have been asking her what she wanted to be for Halloween since September (I try not to ask too early since she changes her mind often, but I am a planner so I need to have everything in order at least a month prior to the event).

PP wanted to be Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, so I went online to see what I can find. Which basically was $40+ costumes of a fur body & blinking nose. Then PP said she wanted to be a dog. I thought that would be cute since Pinkie Pie could be a little doggie too. So I went back online & found a few dog costumes. However, PP wanted one with a face (she wanted to have her face completely covered by the mask–not sure why??). Therefore, I gave up online shopping & had another idea.

We went to the outlets and I told PP that she could pick out her Halloween costume at one of the stores. I really wanted something cute for both of them to wear so I was crossing my fingers that she would pick out something good. Well, luckily, PP did not disappoint. At Gymboree, she picked out a pink butterfly costume and luckily they had one in her size and her little sis’s size. I got the matching tights and wings so now they are ready to take flight on Halloween.

Throughout my costume shopping venture, friends told me to make their costumes. Martha Stewart, I am not. I can plan and organize but I cannot sew at all (except for the occasional button that falls off of pants). It totally would have been easy to make those costumes, but I have to say, I took the easy way out and leaned on my good friend, Gymboree (as I have done in years past), to help me out with an adorable costume.

Another option to Halloween costume shopping is a costume swap. At the school that my kids attend, they organized a costume swap. If you bring in a children’s Halloween costume, then you are able to pick from any other costumes that other parents brought in. If no one “picks” your costume, then it gets donated to the school for their dress up rooms. Great idea but unfortunately too late since we already had our costumes – maybe next year!

What has been your child’s most creative Halloween costume? Share your photo’s with us and go in the draw to win one of 2 Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machines – see here for more details.

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