I hate to break it to you but there are only 39 days till Halloween. I know that sounds like a lot of time but it really isn’t. Are like me? Do you ask your kids what they want to be for Halloween, make a mental note to get costumes and then let time slip up on you? And before you know it, you are running out to Target or the Seasonal Halloween store two days before Halloween, hoping there is still a costume, any costume, left in your child’s size?!?
That’s a really bad feeling. Let’s not do that to ourselves this year. Instead, Let’s knock out the Halloween thing right now! (Here is my list of noncandy treats for trick or treating to get that out of the way!) Get our stuff together so we can actually enjoy Halloween this year!
This post is to give you some insight and inspiration. Your child may already know what they want to dress up as. But if not, what are the most popular costumes this year?
Most Popular Costumes for 2017
According to the NRF (National Retail Federation), the most popular costumes this year are:
- Superhero! With box office successes this year like Spiderman and Wonder Woman, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that our kids all want to dress up like Peter Parker or Diana of Themyscira. How about Batman? Any of these choices make the 10 list. Batman came in at #2, Spiderman at #5 and Wonder Woman at #10
- Disney Princess. Who doesn’t want to be a Disney Princess? Forget Halloween; my daughter wore her princess’ gown year round. Belle from Beauty and the Beast is especially popular this year thanks to the successful release of Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic animated movie.
- Animal. Kitties, bears, dogs, pandas, unicorns (hey, fantasy animals count!) But the most popular animal costume anticipated this year? Giraffe. Yeah, I don’t get it either, but according to Pinterest, searches for giraffe costumes are up 1200%!
- Witches and Ghost. These are the ‘go-to’ costumes that have been seen at every door trick or treating every year for the past century. They can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like and everyone knows what you are dressed up as.
I really wish I was one of those crafty moms who could hot glue an entire Wonder Woman costume together out of foam and cardboard. But I’m not. I can sew pretty well, but even so (no pun intended), I just don’t have time. Plus, by the time I’ve bought all the supplies to make a costume – I could have just bought the costume!
So unless you just have the time, resources, and skill to make your own Belle gown, here are some pretty (easy) cool (cheap) alternatives.
This includes everything except the web-slinging gloves. I don’t know that I want my kid to be able to launch the Halloween equivalent to silly string all over the house – but to each their own!
Why are girl costumes more expensive? Oh well, at least this set includes the shoe covers as well as the vital bracelets and headpiece. (I personally prefer this one because the skirt is a tad bit longer than most.)
Batman is also the most affordable costume. The helmet on this costume got high marks for being pretty solid.
Belle’s ball gown
Or her blue village dress
I love Belle! She was my hero. Of course, as with all things Disney, you are going to pay more to for the experience. But her little costumes are SO cute!
This Amazon link above has a gazillion different animal variations! For $13.99, it’s worth a look if they look ANYTHING like the photo. I mean, you can’t buy the tulle and animal print fabric and headband for $14! (Let alone sew it together.)
Regardless of how your little one dresses up, let this year be the year that you don’t procrastinate! Let this be the year that you have all your pumpkins carved and costumes ready and candy in the bowl when the trick or treaters show up!
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