October is upon us, and if the freezing Chicago temps weren't
enough to give you the fall heads up, the 3,000 pound candy packs
at the store might just do the trick. And, as we worry about
bundling up the kids in layers, their thoughts are turning toward
that one important end-of-the-month moment: Halloween.
For those of us not crafty enough to scratch-make kid-size
disguises, Pottery Barn Kids, The Disney Store and One Step Ahead
make it look like we did with realistic touches sure to make little
ghouls and goblins the talk of the block.
Cosotmot's first annual Witchin' Halloween Guide is kicking off
with costumes so cool, you'll wish All Hallow's Eve came more than
once a year.
Pottery Barn Kids is the definite leader when it comes to
classic, handmade-look costumes (think Hamburger, Puppy, Spider,
Flower and more), and focuses on high-quality construction,
durability and more importantly, kids' comfort, using wearable
materials like picot, felt and super-soft polyester fleece.
Their Organic Banana costume is a popular pick,
especially because it's comfortable and easy for kids to wear right
over their clothing. It also features a certified organic "sticker"
stitched across the front, and its pulled-away peels are lined
Coordinate a sibling or best friend in PBK's Gorilla costume. Sewn from the softest faux
fur and fully-lined, the matching headpiece features hand-stitched
details and shining, plastic eyes. The included pants have an
elastic waistband, and the tunic has a button closure in the back.
Matching banana-themed treat bags complete the look (more styles
are available to compliment other costumes - the ketchup treat bag
is a hoot!) and can be personalized for an additional cost. Right
now, all costumes and treat bags ship free.
When kids want to dress up like their favorite storybook
princesses and movie characters (think Belle, Buzz Lightyear,
Jasmine, Ariel, Winnie the Pooh, Nemo, Mickey Mouse and others), The Disney Store's Halloween Bootique is a
parent's No. 1 resource for licensed selection.
Their Cinderella Deluxe Costume Collection offers
little girls everything they need, including a Deluxe Cinderella
costume made with rhinestones, satin brocade, and silver lame and
braiding. The silver taffetta peplum has shimmering accents, and
blue organza overskirt is covered with lots of sparkly silver
glitter. It's a little heavy, but with all the glitz and glam
involved, little girls probably won't notice. A Jewel Princess
Cinderella tiara and light-up Jewel Princess Cinderella shoes
complete the look, as does the light-up wand complete with
Cinderella cameo on top. For something a little different, try the
Shimmering Cinderella costume inspired by the
Fairy Godmother's legendary bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. Silhouettes of
pumpkin coaches, Cindy, the Prince and others sparkle along the
hem, making it super dreamy.
No matter which dress your little gal chooses, I highly
recommend a pair of snug tights or socks to go with the shoes.
Since they're plastic, it's best to try and avoid blisters while
hoofing it around the neighborhood.
Toddlers can go for classic character with Minnie and Mickey Mouse costumes. The
collection includes a pink satin polka dot Minnie Mouse costume
with attached eyelet bloomers styled after her outfit in the
popular Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV show, Ballerina Minnie Mouse
Shoes and Minnie Mouse Ears with a bow. The boys' Mickey Mouse
version is made of soft stuffed plush and is easy to put on and
take off, thanks to self-stick fabric closures. His signature white
gloves are included. Save up to 40% on selected costumes, decor and
Even the littlest trick-or-treaters can get in on the dress-up
fun with costumes from leading baby-and-toddler-gear expert, One Step Ahead.
Their extensive collection of infant and toddler animal costumes
(think Zebra, Tiger, Cuddly Puppy, Baby Giraffe, Pony, Turtle,
etc.) offer an amazing amount of detail like airbrushing, marble
eyes, soft sculpture headpieces, matching mitts and shoe
Their Triceratops costume turns little ones into the
real thing (almost), with a detailed airbrushed jumpsuit that shows
each dinorific detail, including plush, lifelike horns, an
impressive stuffed frill, a long stuffed tail and colorful marble
eyes. Gloves with plush "dinosaur claws" are included.
Traditionalists can opt for their Tigger costume that looks like it came
straight out of the Hundred Acre Wood.The exceptionally warm, extra
cozy costume is made of soft plush, has a stuffed tummy, and
true-to character hood. Save 25% off on select Halloween costumes and
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
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