Oh, the weather outside is frightful…….frightfully hot! So, how will your kids stay cool in their Halloween costumes? Depending on where you live the weather temp on Halloween can vary from freezing to 100 degrees! There are plenty of costumes to help accommodate the cooler weather and keep your kids nice and toasty, and not that hard to come by. If you live in the warmer regions such as Hawaii, Texas, California, and Florida, you might find yourself searching for Halloween costume ideas that will help your kids keep their cool this Halloween.
For the girls your options are pretty endless. Most princess, fairy and witch costumes can be dressed up for cooler weather and dressed down for warmer weather. One idea that works well for warm weather is a hula dancer. A grass skirt with shorts underneath, bikini top or coconut shells (wear a tight skin color shirt or bodysuit for modesty), a Lei, and a tropical flower in your hair. This costume is easy to piece together or buy a hula costume set online or in the store. Another easy hot weather costume for girls is, Pocahontas/ Indian Princess. All you need is a tan color tank top dress with a brown tie for a belt, some simple leather sandals, a headband with feathers, a beaded necklace, and two braids in your hair. This is a very cute and simple costume that you can use your imagination to piece together at a local thrift store or at local retail stores. If you would like the convenience of online purchase try costumecraze.com they currently are having a huge sale and have many different choices for your Halloween costume. More ideas for costumes for warm weather would be a cheerleader, pebbles (Flinstones), and a hippie or flower child . They can all be easily made at home or found in local retail stores and won’t cause your child to get over heated on Halloween night.
For the boys, on the other hand, costumes for warm weather aren’t all that easy to come by. With so many action figures and super heros that wear masks and armored bodysuits, the challenge to find a Halloween costume that will help him stay ‘cool’, is a tough one. There are a few warm weather costume ideas for boys that are easy and cool! Some movie inspired ‘cool’ costumes for 2010 would be Perseus, or a Greek god such as Poseidon and his Tritan, or a roman warrior! Can you say toga party!! A few more ideas for warm weather Halloween costumes for boys are a boxer, lifeguard, basketball star, or a simple caveman. For the lifeguard costume you just throw on some red shorts, a white tank top with LIFEGUARD written on it, a hat or visor, sunblock on your nose, and a whistle, flip flops, and a life preserver to complete the look. Each of these Halloween costume ideas don’t require hot masks or thick plush material, and allow for air flow to keep him cool. They are also very easy Halloween costumes to make at home or purchase fairly cheap in stores. Click on links to see costume pictures for visual aides and more costume ideas.
As a general rule to stay cool, try to stick with costumes that are made with lightweight breathable fabric and avoid wearing masks if you can help it. No matter what your kids’ costume ends up being, make sure that it is appropriate for the weather conditions in your area. In warmer climates, it is important to stay hydrated, and stop for rest breaks when needed. Remember to have your parent or guardian check your Halloween candy before you eat any! Have a safe and ‘cool’ Halloween in 2010!