Sep 292013

 Each year, a new influx of Halloween costumes gets shipped from manufacturers to online retailers and local stores and each year, moms and dads shop online to help their kids (or themselves) find the right costume for school, parties and trick or treating.

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How to Shop for the Right Costume

Shopping for Halloween costumes can be a little trickier than just shopping for regular clothes. Because it’s a popular holiday, stores everywhere sell out fast – so your first job is to shop early.

Many smart consumers start shopping in the summer before Halloween. This ensures that not only can they find the right costume as far as character or theme goes, but they can also find the right size.

Even more convenient is to shop online because most local stores don’t get their supplies in until pretty close to the exact date, and as soon as they’re there, you have to fight off crowds of other moms and dads who are set on getting their kids the right costume, too.

For me, shopping online is really the only option because I live in a small town and there’s hardly any choice in local stores. If we don’t want to show up to parties wearing the same costumes as 30 other families, we need to shop outside the area – and choosing to shop online is by far the most convenient way to do that!

When you shop online, you also get the chance to compare prices across several retailers, get perks (like free shipping) and find lots of accessories to really bring the costume to life. You can also find plenty of consumer reviews to help you decide whether or not the costume’s right for you.

Where possible, you want to look for costumes that have great quality, not something that will fall to pieces the second you or your child puts it on. You might pay slightly more for better quality, but that means the costume can be worn again – which is especially important if you like to keep your child’s costume so they can use it for dress up play (or go in for a little private “roleplay” yourself, of course! *wink*)

Sometimes size can be an issue when you’re shopping for Halloween costumes. You might find you need to buy a size bigger or a size smaller than the one you normally wear. There’s no such thing as a “standard size” so if possible get the costume’s actual measurements before ordering.

That’s where consumer reviews also come in handy. Other buyers can tell you if something runs large or small. It’s also a good reason to shop early – if something’s not the right size, you’ll have time to send it back for a correct fit and many online suppliers offer free returns for exactly this reason.

Sep 252013

From the bare branches against the sky to the carpet of leaves that blanket the ground, from the crisp smell of the chill in the air to the warm cups of hot chocolate – it all points to that exciting day for kids and adults alike – Halloween! You know what that means – baby Halloween costumes for 2012! It’s time to start thinking about those cute and cuddly costumes for the little ones in the family.

Who could resist one of the Lil Characters baby animal costumes?

The Lil Characters Unisex-baby Infant Lion Costume comes in 3 sizes and is machine washable – a definite plus! It has a snap leg closure to make changing a diaper a breeze, a hood with ears and a plush mane, and an attached tail complete with bow. Add the little skid-resistant slip-on booties (for indoor use only) and you have quite the king of the jungle! Check out our suggestions for baby lion costumes for the latest ideas.

Also in Lil Characters Unisex line is a cute newborn monster costume which is sure to be the most adorable little monster you’ve ever seen. This monster will create sweet dreams, not nightmares! The jumpsuit is lined and zippered, with Lil Characters standard snap leg closures. The slip-on booties (for indoor use only) have skid resistant bottoms and the adorable attached character hood has an easy snap/velcro closure.

A customer said “we got a lot of positive remarks at a Halloween costume competition we attended, infact our child won a prize for the funniest outfit. As others have stated we didn’t encounter anyone else with this outfit, another positive, and it is warm which is great if you live in colder climes.Read more reviews here >>

But an all time favorite for babies in the newborn to six months range is the sweet outfit EZ-On Romper Costume, Monkey See Monkey Do from Rubie’s Costume Co (make sure to get the right one, some versions of this costume don’t have good customer reviews).

This adorable romper has a yellow belly and attached tail. It also has inner snaps for easy changing (don’t you just love that?) and the headpiece (with the funny little banana on top) adds just the right touch. Every year it seems baby Halloween costumes get cuter and cuter and 2011 is no exception!

Remember the nursery rhyme ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb?’ Well now you can have your own when you get the baby girl’s Pink Lamb costume by Rubie’s Costume Co. Almost too cute for words, the tan color jumpsuit is chenille and flannel, so it’ll be nice and cozy to help counteract that nip in the Halloween night air. With its pink gingham front and pink satin bows on the little fluffy ears, your baby is going to steal the limelight in her warm, soft costume. While some customers found the sizing a little off, this mom said “This costume is SO cute. Way cuter than it appears on this picture. My baby is 4 months old, 14lbs and 24 inches. I ordered the 6 to 12 size and it fits almost perfectly just a little long which no big deal. Good buyRead more reviews here >>

All this talk about cute baby Halloween costumes wouldn’t be complete without our precious little vegetable costumes. Always a favorite with parents is the snuggly little bunting outfit Deluxe Baby Bunting, Pea in the Pod Costume for one to nine months old. The adorable, warm and comfortable polyester fleece has a fabric fastener on the back and three foam ‘peas’ on two tone green bunting. The headpiece has the cutest leaf accent and the costume is approximately 24-28″ long to fit babies newborn to 9 months. Make sure to buy it direct from Amazon as some customers have reported problems when buying from other merchants.

Rounding out the vegetable costumes is the eye catching bright red Deluxe Baby Bunting, Chili Pepper Costume that also fits one to nine month old infants. Almost cute enough to give you heart-burn, the ultra soft red bunting has a green leaves collar around the neck and a green pepper stem headpiece. A fabric fastener closure on the back makes it a more comfortable fit for napping babies.

Don’t wait until the last minute to go shopping for your baby’s Halloween costume. The most popular and endearing Halloween costumes sell out fast and you don’t want to have to settle for something less than you really want. Have a wonderful Halloween with your gorgeous little one!

Sep 252013

Who says there’s only one king of the jungle? Your baby will own Halloween night in a baby lion costume. There are a lot of animal costumes available, but none can beat out the look and comfort of the bodysuit designed to look like the toughest cat in the world.

When you decide that you want a baby lion costume for your baby’s Halloween fancy dress costume, there are a few elements that you need to make sure the costume has. Look for the easy snap openings for diaper changing – you don’t want to have baby fully dressed only to have to take the entire costume off just for a change.

You want a hood that fits snugly against his face but is also comfortable. Look for fitted booties with material that doesn’t bunch (in case he’s walking) and if you live in a cooler area, look for a costume with (or buy separately) little mittens to keep his paws warm.