A person should always choose a costume which is a direct contrast to her own personality.
When it comes to Halloween classics, you can’t go wrong with Charles M. Schulz’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – a cute, colorful comedy about traditional Halloween “protocol” as I like to call it. In fact, Halloween “protocol” are the only guidelines my 9-year-old sister has ever followed willingly! And even though my sister has been planning her costume for this year since 30 seconds after she finished robbing the neighborhood of every ounce of candy last year – talk about planning ahead – I know that not everyone is as motivated for the scaring season as my family.
While many children go crazy for the latest and greatest costumes that grace the shelves of retailers near you, which include superheroes, cartoon characters, and beyond, sometimes the classics work best. As an avid costume maker, I usually strive for outlandish and fanciful costume creations, but I can still appreciate the costumes that have stood the test of time. Drum roll please … and the classic costumes of choice are:
|Fire Chief Firefighter Dress-Up Set from Melissa and Doug
This radical red costume is perfect for little ones who root for their everyday heroes and want to be just like them! This imaginative costume comes complete with a firefighter jacket with reflective trim, a badge, a helmet, a fire extinguisher, and a bullhorn with sound effect. You’re ready to go with this “cool” costume.
|Doctor Dress-Up Set from Melissa and Doug
No little one likes going to the doctor, but what about playing the part? A great way to let the inner healer out in little ones, this pretend play set includes a long white jacket, a mask, a head reflector, a thermometer, a stethoscope with sound effect, a syringe, a reflex hammer and an ear scope. Whether young ones are patching up ghosts or giving zombies their flu shot, this Doctor Dress-Up Set will steal the spotlight.
|Flower Fairy Dress-Up Set from Schylling Toys
Never underestimate the power of pretty princess! Let little ones shine among the ghosts and goblins as a magical fairy princess with fabulous flutter wings and a cool crown. This imaginative costume comes complete with pretty pink wings, a poofy headband, a magical wand, and a sheer tutu.
|Doctor/Dentist/Veterinarian Dress-Up Set
Who knew that one little white coat could prompt so many imaginative ways to play? An ode to the re-usable costumes of the past, this Doctor/Dentist/Veterinarian Dress-Up Set lets little ones dress the way they feel without ever changing their clothes! So whether kids choose to save animals, humans, or the injured tooth this costume provides them will all the necessities: a long white lab coat and a black medical bag filled with a plush needle, otoscope, and stethoscope.
|Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Play Set from Acting Out
Calling all prima ballerinas – this precious purple skirt with matching boa will have little ones dancing to the beat as they run along their trick-or-treat route or practicing pirouettes! Whether young ones have twinkle toes or love to dress up in true dance style, this musical play set has everything they need including a tiara with adjustable combs, a feather boa, LED lights, and an on/off music switch. Who needs ghouls and goblins when little ones can dress to impress?
When it comes to this classic scare-tastic season, it doesn’t matter if children dress scary, pretty, or practical as long as they dress-up – I mean, there’s no better excuse to look silly than to get free candy! I know I’d still do it if I could!