As summer winds down and Starbucks rolls out the Pumpkin Spice Latte, people everywhere begin to prepare for the fall. Autumn is a fan-favorite–sweater weather, beautiful colors surrounding you in nature, cinnamon and spices, two holidays in the span of a month–there’s plenty to celebrate. But also plenty to start planning for, and while families flip their calendar pages closer and closer to October 31, parents all over are faced with the question: What are we going as for Halloween this year?
If you have a little one between 12 months and three years, it can be both an exciting and exasperating task to pick the perfect Halloween costume. They’re only pea-sized for so long and there are so many costumes to choose from! Simultaneously, we all know how fussy they can be at that age when it comes to fabrics, color, comfort, and their favorite characters.
Before you strap everyone into their car seats and make the trek out to the local Halloween or party store, consider your favorite online vendors. There are tons of cute toddler costumes to browse right from the comfort of your living room. From Paw Patrol to Disney, to cute little smiley pumpkins, you’re sure to find a costume that you and your little one with both love.
Our Top 3 Picks
- Little Boys' Deluxe Police Officer
- Authentic Details
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- Perfect for Spider-Man Fans
- Minnie Mouse Infant Costume
- High Quality Materials
Criteria Used in Evaluation of The Top Halloween Costumes for Tots
Appropriate age and size for costume (will it fit my child?)
For clothing and ever-growing children this is probably the biggest concern when it comes to costumes. It is best to follow manufacturer’s suggestion as far as size of costumes and the age of child they accommodate. Most of the costumes featured here are for very small toddlers and the sizes stated are very specific. It is best to always purchase a size bigger than you would buy for regular clothes to allow for body differences in children. With a larger costume, clothes can be worn underneath in case of colder weather, especially when going outside. If the costume is too tight or just fits the child, then garments worn under the costume will be very uncomfortable.
Costume materials (can it be machine-washed?)
Most, if not all, of the costumes here cannot be machine-washed because of added embellishments to the costumes. Added padding and decorations make machine-washing not advisable. Hand-washing and air-drying is recommended to extend the life of the costume. Even though drying in a machine would not harm the padding or decorations, it could shrink the costume rendering it too small to wear again.
Comfort of costume
All of the costumes featured here are made of high-quality materials and were chosen with the comfort of the child in mind. It is important that a costume which may be worn for hours or on several occasions, be very comfortable and not irritable to the skin. Even the head-to-toe costumes here seem to be very comfortable to wear because they are very soft and roomy. If purchased in the correct size, your child will want to wear these costumes multiple times because of the comfort and wonderful designs.
Aspects or features of costume
Added features to a costume are important in making them more realistic, as in the Policeman Costume, or extremely cute, as in the Talking Plush Dinosaur Costume. These accessories enhance the enjoyment the child derives from dressing up in his or her favorite character and makes the purchase that much more special. These costumes can be worn for parties, special occasions, and sleepovers, not just for Halloween. Because they are so cute and comfortable to wear, your little one will want to wear it often.
What determined the top Halloween costumes for tots on our list
Selecting a wardrobe is easy. Choosing a costume, on the other hand, is a bit trickier. This we found the hard way when we decided to embark on a mission of bringing you the world’s 10 best toddler Halloween costumes.
First, it wouldn’t be a costume if it does not observe fidelity to the role that it is supposed to portray. For instance, if the costume is that of a police officer, then you would expect the look, design, and style will mimic the uniform of a law enforcement officer. As such, we considered design fidelity as an important parameter in our search for the top infant and toddler costumes. Closely related to the design is the fabric material that was used. As much as possible, we would like these pieces of specialty clothing to be comfortable for toddlers to wear. We believe that if the texture of the costume is not smooth or is uncomfortable, kids may feel irritated wearing it, and they won’t be able to bring out their best and play the role that they are supposed to be portraying.
Another consideration was the safety of the materials used. While we don’t have anything against synthetics, it is a must that there are no additional chemicals used in the final manufacturing process which could undermine the overall safety of the specialty clothing.
The company’s reputation or trustworthiness was also factored in the process. Any awards or recognition obtained either by the company or by the product were considered as excellent bonus points. These just show that the company is dedicated and really committed to producing only high-quality and safe products for the kids of today.
Lastly, we listened to the most meticulous critics of all-–parents. We read through the hundreds of reviews as well as feedback looking for a compelling reason why a particular Halloween costume should not be included in our list.
In the end, our efforts paid off. We were able to share with you our top 15 toddler Halloween costumes.
Role-playing and kids’ development
Role-playing among children can bring a lot of developmental benefits to them. It can enhance their cognitive abilities as well as their social-interaction skills. All of these are related to how well they understand the different roles they need to portray.
Portraying different roles requires an understanding of how the world works. Children will then have modify these roles to make them less threatening and more fun. This greatly improves the cognitive abilities of children as they try to make sense of cause-effect relationships. They know that if they try to modify a particular role, they can also change the outcomes of playing these roles. For example, while Spiderman is not known to fly, they can try to modify the role to include the superhero ability to fly like Superman.
Role-playing also requires children to cooperate with others especially in deciding who shall play what role in their activity. For instance, if kids are in a costume party that has a superhero theme, then they can group themselves into superheroes or even super villains. They can also be grouped according to their affiliations whether they’re with the Avengers, the X-Men, the Justice League, or even the Transformers and Decepticons. The fact is that they need to communicate with one another so that everyone knows what roles they have to play.
While toddlers are not known to enjoy cooperative play, role-playing can nonetheless, lay the foundation for healthy social development.
The bottom line
Toddler costumes are not only for Halloween. They’re also great for costume parties, birthday parties, or even portrait photography. With our top 15 toddler Halloween costumes, you now have a much more comprehensive shortlist to choose from.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do the sizes run, especially for the Spiderman costume?
A: Sizes can be smaller than expected. It may be best to purchase a larger size than you would normally buy for regular clothes to make sure your child is comfortable and the suit is not too tight. Tears and rips can be a problem if costume is too tight.
Q: What is under the skirt of the Minnie Mouse costume?
A: There is a sequined undergarment for this costume to cover a diaper.
Q: Does the Minnie Mouse costume have closures that are easy to undo for diaper changes?
A: Not really. It has sewn closures which makes it hard to put on and take off for numerous diaper changes. Snaps would have worked better for a costume like this for a toddler.
Q: Can these costumes be machine-washed?
A: Most of them cannot be machine-washed because of added features like sequins, sound chips, and padding. Hand-washing with a mild detergent is recommended and set out to air dry.
Q: Are the hat and overalls adjustable for the Train Engineer Costume? Do the overalls have a back pocket?
A: No, the overalls and hat are not adjustable for this costume. No, there is no back pocket to the pants.
Q: Does the Star Wars Yoda Costume include a hood?
A: Yes, it includes a hood and a headpiece.
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