There are many choices for kids’ Halloween costumes. In making your decision, consider the two possible directions you can take. First, there are costumes based on current happenings, including show business, sports and the daily news.
Some of those are Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Jersey Shore and other TV bimbos, favorite rock stars, National Football League stars, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland characters, military uniforms, and Buzz and Woodie from the latest episode of Toy Story. Complete with hard hat, head lamp and shovel, how about dressing your child as a recently-rescued miner? Paint the word CHILE on the helmet or back of the jacket.
Your second area of choices is from the almost endless costumes of traditional Halloween characters. You see them every year worn by kids on the street and trick or treating at your front door.
Some of the most popular are Disney characters, ghosts, witches, superheroes, cowboy and cowgirl, fairies, ballerinas, clown, pilot, police officer and firefighter.
The best idea for a costume for your child who’s old enough to make a choice is one he or she requests from you. Schoolkids talk for weeks among themselves before Halloween about what they want to wear. You can be sure you’ll hear enough about it in advance to shop for the costume or get out the needle and thread and make it yourself.
Some will be simple, even the flamboyant type worn by Lady Gaga. She’s in costume all the time, changing from one outrageous get-up to another. Your child, girl or boy, needs a tattered dress, patterned stockings, lots of junk jewelry, pasted-on glitter, heavy make-up, half of an eye mask, a big blond wig and tottering high-heeled shoes.
The best Halloween costumes for kids this year are those they can choose for themselves, are relatively inexpensive to make or buy and will assure them of a fun holiday evening.