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Fun Costume Ideas for your Kids this Halloween

Kids in Halloween Costumes
Halloween is almost upon us! I can feel the excitement in the air, and even taste the sweet flavors of chocolaty m&ms and sugary candy corn - Yum! Aside from candy overload, the most exciting and fun part of Halloween has to be the cool costumes. Young and old alike, no matter what your age, coming up with creative costume ideas can be a blast! After all, don’t we want to win best-dressed or most creative costume at this year’s Halloween party?

When it comes to costumes for the kiddos, there are SO many choices; it is sometimes tricky to know where to start. There are a lot of cool store-bought costumes available, but sometimes it is nice to get the creative juices flowing and come up with our own homemade costumes. So here are some fun Halloween costume ideas, both store-bought and homemade, for kids of all ages:

Infants & Toddlers
For your sweet little creepy crawlers, there are several great dress-up options. A jumpsuit, decorated hood, and booties can easily transform your child into a fierce tiger, cute kitten, or cuddly bear. Add black spots to a white sweat suit or sleeper and you’ve got yourself an adorable Dalmatian. You just can’t go wrong with an animal theme. If you have the time, ears and a tail are easy to make and add to the outfit.

Enjoy the simplicity of this infant and toddler stage. Flash-forward a few years, and your kids will be telling you what they want to be for Halloween, not the other way around - trust me on this!

Bigger Kids
This Halloween there are so many fun choices for elementary school-age kids. For boys, superheroes are still a super pick: Spiderman, Captain America, and The Hulk, are the top-picks for 2012. Games are another big hit, with Angry Bird costumes flying ahead of the pack.

For your little princess, any Disney princess will do; although Merida (Disney’s Brave Princess) is crowned most popular along with Snow White, Cinderella, and Belle.

And of course, you can’t go wrong with the traditional favorites: ghosts, goblins, and witches are always fun for a bewitching good time.

Another great option is homemade costumes for your kids. They are easier to make than you might think and can save you money. What could be better than that? Your kids will love working together to create a costume. Here are some great ideas:

  • Take some old clothes (you know the ones that Dad is taking to the garage to use as rags) and make yourself into a scarecrow or a zombie. You can pair a ripped shirt and jeans together, paint yourself green and go as The Incredible Hulk!
  • You can also do amazing things with a simple cardboard box! Paint the box to look like a box of large crayons and cut holes for your head and arms, creating a life-size crayon box! Or paint the box to look like your favorite box of candy, or even a polling booth to get into the election spirit. How about a hot air balloon using the cardboard box as the basket, add straps to go over your shoulders, and then top it off with helium balloons.
  • Make yourself into a mini-monster by gluing torn strips of fabric onto an old sweat suit. Paint your face with your own unique style and you will be the scariest (or most adorable) little monster on the block.
If you take the time to look around you’ll find there are a lot of ideas that are original, fun, and inexpensive.

Your friends at CDK Kids wish you the most fun and creative Halloween ever!

Above all, have a happy and safe Halloween.