10 of My Favorite Halloween Costumes

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It’s almost Halloween time, in case the Christmas decorations popping up in your local store haven’t given it away. If you’re a last minute person (*raises hand*) and still need costume ideas for your littles—or yourself—for upcoming Halloween celebrations, check out some of the best Halloween costumes I’ve found!

 

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I love—love—the costumes at Pottery Barn Kids. I could just use this post as an unofficial catalog for their entire Halloween line. This season, they have fairy costumes by Monique Lhuillier, one of which looks like a mini version of a ballgown selling for $9500 at Neiman Marcus. And while they do have some traditional character costumes, I love the more whimsical ones like this light-up firefly (that’s lightening bug to my fellow Midwesterners).

 

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I can’t possibly have a list of favorites that doesn’t have something from Target on it. I totally LOLed when I found this costume, and I had to share it. I’m pretty sure fidget spinners aren’t quite the thing they were last school year, but that’s no reason not to dress up as one this Halloween—and yes, it actually spins.

 

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I’m sure I’m not the only person who noticed that Halloween is Tuesday this year. You know what Tuesday means, right? TACOS!!!! And as any connoisseur of kids’ literature can tell you, dragons love tacos—so what better costumes can you have than ones based on Daniel Samieri’s great illustrations? Complete with Totally Mild Salsa* and a flame-blowing dragon, these DIY costumes are a total win.

 

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Is your kid more of a minimalist? Hanna Andersson’s Halloween collection is a great choice. They have lots of different dress-up accessories designed to pair with their long john pajamas. They have everything from suns to superheroes and dragons to unicorns. Personally, my choice is a flying unicorn, because who doesn’t wear wings whenever they can?!

 

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I recently discovered Chasing Fireflies and they have the best dress-ups and costumes for babies, kids, parents, and pets! Some are standard characters (Monsters Inc.’s Boo! Squee!), some are so cute you could just eat them up (I’m looking at you, Cupcake Cutie) and some are really elaborate (hello, Medieval Princess). Some, though, are just plain awesome. Say hello to everyone’s favorite delivery person, also known as the bringer of Amazon Prime boxes.

 

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I’m not a huge fan of Spirit Halloween stores. They’re bright, overwhelming, and full of cheap crap I have to keep telling my kid she can’t have. This year, they’ve stepped up their game with the Signature collection. I mean, I know the Abominable Snowman is supposed to frightening, but I just want to scoop this one up and call him George. And I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him. So. Cute. (And if this one’s not cute enough for you, check out the Abominable Snowbaby!)

 

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This is another costume from Spirit. I like it because it’s zany. However, I’m also feeling distinctly uncool because it’s new for 2017, so it seems like it should be…something. A TV show, a movie, a meme, a YouTube star? I don’t know. I’m so old. Can anyone help me out here? In the meantime, I’ll continue to love it because it’s wacky and because I suspect whatever kid scores this costume will be the only kid riding an ostrich for trick-or-treat.

 

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Does your little one dream of blasting off into space? This amazing astronaut suit and accessories can help them feel like they’re really there! Admittedly the full ensemble (suit, gloves, boots, helmet, and backpack) is no small investment, but this is an outfit that will inspire tons of pretend play year-round!

 

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If I had a toddler, you can bet that this is what she’d be wearing this year. “Country Girl Costume” my ass! They’re not fooling anyone. My 80s childhood self knows that’s retro Strawberry Shortcake. And she’s berry cute, yes?

 

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Okay, DIYers (and not-so-fond-of-DIYers). I save the best for last. Remember when I did that review on Primary clothes for back-to-school? Well, they’re not just an awesome shop for school clothes. They’re actually sort of great for everything, including easy DIY Halloween costumes. They have a team of people who create costumes using Primary pieces, and they’ve even been taking suggestions from their fans this season. There are so many ideas here, but this one is my favorite. If my daughter hadn’t already picked out her costume for this year, I would do whatever it took (up to and including bribery) to get her into this ensemble. (You can check eBay for a Cynthia doll…)

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Christina lives in Northwest Illinois with her husband, daughter, and two English Springer Spaniels. Before becoming a reluctant stay-at-home mom, she worked in a variety of customer-service-oriented jobs while dreaming of living in the lap of luxury as a housewife. Unfortunately, having a child threw a wrench in Christina's plan to do nothing but eat bonbons while lounging in the Jacuzzi reading all day. Now, she spends her time looking for fun activities and crafts for her daughter and easy-to-prepare meals for her family, while trying not to land the kid in therapy when she grows up. Christina volunteers at her local library, and does both volunteer and paid work as a sexuality educator. She loves to read, and to learn about--and share--new products and resources.

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