Halloween night can get very cool, especially in northern climates when winter weather often gets a head start. If temperatures in your neighborhood are beginning to dip down, consider sending your kids out with costumes that keep the warmth in and early winter out.
Even your miniature Lady Gagas won’t need to imitate the real entertainer too accurately by exposing lots of skin. You can get the same effect by first dressing them in skin-colored winter underwear and heavy socks or stockings.
Then, you can add all the goofy dresses, shoes, feathers, necklaces, bracelets, hair-dos, exaggerated make-up, sparkles and bangles. If the cold weather requires, add gloves to your little one’s costume. If you want to decorate the gloves, add big fake diamond rings and paste on long red fingernails.
If you want your child to be more traditionally dressed for a cold Halloween night outdoor venture, there are many choices of costumes that are appropriate. They can be purchased or can be made warmer. For example, if your child wears a ghost, witch, fairy godmother or other skimpy costume, be sure there are warm undergarments, socks and shoes or boots.
Consider well-padded costumes that represent cold weather climates and careers, including eskimo, snowman, caveman, airplane pilot, soldier, sailor and lumberjack. If your child prefers to be an animal, choose a costume that includes a lot of fur, as with the costumes from Oz: lions, tigers and bears (Oh, my!).
Other all-weather Halloween animals to be represented include cats, dogs, wolves, apes and coyotes. If the costume is to be birdlike, be sure to add lots of extra feathers for warmth.
If you’re very creative, you can dress your kids in real cool Halloween costumes, in both meanings of the word.