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Choosing the Perfect Halloween Costume for Kids

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Halloween is right around the corner. Every year, Falynn makes a list of things she wants to dress up as and then changes her mind multiple times until Halloween night, when she usually decides on a totally different option that she hadn’t considered. It’s exhausting. And even though she waits until the very last minute to make a decision on her Halloween costume, she always seems to win the costume contest so there’s a lot of pressure to outdo the previous year. This year I was on a mission to find something she would love and I was lucky to have found Suitables.

Suitables is a California-based company founded by an adamant toddler, sort of by accident, through a homemade Halloween costume build in 2014 that resulted in discovery of a need for something new, innovative, environmentally friendly/recyclable, and above all, FUN! They offer a number of unique costumes that are easy to build, and even more fun to play in.

How to Choose The Perfect Halloween Costume

When choosing the perfect costume, there are certain things that are non-negotiable for us, which include originality, the wow factor and above all, comfort. If a costume can check off all three, it’s the perfect Halloween costume for our kids!

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Like most kids, Falynn doesn’t want to have the same costume as anyone else, so going into a store and choosing one just isn’t an option for her. I had her check out the Suitables website. She loved all of them, which is a first for my choosy little one. She’s not your typical girly girl and I love that she can imagine herself as a pilot, an astronaut or a construction worker. While she would have been thrilled with any of the options, she wound up getting the diesel train, cinderella coach and firetruck.

They arrived in a flat cardboard box which includes all of the pieces you need and a piece of paper that directs you to their youtube channel, with a step by step video that guides you through how to put each one together. Falynn loved working with us to create her costumes and it turned into a fun project for us to do as a family, which was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. I am the worst when it comes to DIY costumes so this made me feel as though I was one of those awesome DIY Moms, though Suitables did all of the hard work by providing all of the materials and instructions.

Originality

The diesel train checked off originality not just with it’s appearance, but with it’s built-in sound. As we walked through the neighborhood, testing out the costume, she pushed the button and the sound of a train got everyone’s attention. We paired it with a bandana and a hat and voila, the cutest train conductor you’ve ever laid your eyes on. I can’t remember the last time a kid in a diesel train walked up to my door on Halloween, so this one is definitely a strong contender!

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Next was my choice, the cinderella coach. While it would normally be a little too girly for Falynn’s taste, she really wound up loving it, once it was on. We paired it with a princess dress we had in the house (thank goodness for years of dance recitals) and a tiara from Amazon.

Wow Factor

Falynn was the hit of the pumpkin patch as she walked through and waved to her fans, as though she was royalty. Falynn said she felt like she was straight out of a storybook and while there may be a lot of princesses on Halloween night, she will be the only one with her very own horse drawn carriage. Like the other two options, the cinderella coach definitely has the wow factor. People couldn’t get enough of it.

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Finally, Falynn’s absolute favorite was the fire fighter costume. This awesome firetruck also has sound effects that made it that much cooler. As we walked around, two different kids stopped to tell her how cute she looked. We paired it with a firefighter hat and vest from Amazon.

Comfort

All three of the Suitables costumes we received are great quality and aren’t too heavy. The boxes themselves fit easily over Falynn’s head and were just as comfortable as they were adorable. I was concerned about Falynn being able to walk around comfortably in what is essentially a cardboard box, for a long period of time, but she didn’t complain once. In fact, she said they were light and didn’t bother her at all. When your child is in a costume for hours, you want them to forget they’re wearing a costume. If you give them something uncomfortable, chances are they’ll be asking to change before you get to where you are going or you’ll be carrying around their costume all night.

While we would normally not have a definite option at this point, we now have three. Which of the three Suitables costumes do you think Falynn should choose this year? The diesel train, cinderella coach or fire truck? Or, should she just change every half hour and rock them all? Comment below and let us know!

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When choosing the perfect Halloween costume for our kids, it must have originality, the wow factor and above all, comfort. These three have all three!

*This post is sponsored by Suitables but all opinions are my own.
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  • Tasheena
    January 2, 2019

    I really enjoyed reading this post. These are really helpful tips. I have to make sure to use them this year when we start our Halloween shopping.

  • Vanessa, Life Of Torres
    October 28, 2018

    Wow! This is such a great idea! Halloween and beyond! Great play items as well. Thank you for sharing.

  • Sigrid Says
    October 25, 2018

    These are so creative and gorgeous! Oh my, but I don’t have the patience to do these. Thankfully, I had it easy this year for my little one with hand me downs from her older sister.

    • Heather Castillo
      October 25, 2018

      No patience involved with these. They are so easy to put together.

  • Karin
    October 24, 2018

    These are such adorable and unique costumes. They also don’t look cheap and tacky. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anosa Malanga
    October 24, 2018

    My colleague and I were just talking about Halloween costumes because she is still thinking about it for her daughter. I guess this is a good idea that I can share to her so her problem will be solved. Yay!

  • Edward
    October 24, 2018

    It’s time we should let kid wear something eye-catching like. Friendly to children not the old fahioned gruesome and scary costume that can scare other kids

  • Vikrant Nimbalkar
    October 24, 2018

    She looks lovely. I’ll try it for my sister.thank you for ideas.

  • lotta andersen
    October 24, 2018

    Really good ideas for costumes. I like them all, but I think my son would love the firefighter. Thank you

  • Terri Beavers
    October 22, 2018

    This will probably be the last year my youngest grand kids want to go trick or treating (they think they’re too old) so I want to make it special. I’ll have to use your tips for choosing the perfect Halloween costume for them.

  • Silvia
    October 21, 2018

    They are so cool and original. I really like the firefighter costume. But the Cinderella is pretty clever too.

  • Debby
    October 21, 2018

    These are really cool costumes. My daughters starting thinking and planning Halloween costumes starting in July. We often found accessories to add to costumes that might be harder to find closer to the actual day.

  • Nikka Shae
    October 21, 2018

    All of these costumes are cute ideas! I remember when my kids were small the options was not creative as this.

  • Marina
    October 21, 2018

    These costumes are super cute x

  • Som Tripathi
    October 21, 2018

    Those are some adorable costumes and so is the kid. I believe comfort is definitely the most important point here. A costume with unbalanced weight or one which is simply too uncomfortable to wear kills the mood of the festival.

  • Renee
    October 21, 2018

    I love the fire fighter outfit. That was super cute and original. I love the idea.

  • bohemian babushka
    October 20, 2018

    Very original in a retro kinda way. Reminds BB of the play dressups of yesteryear, but only better colors and graphic art. So much cooler and safer than those masks that coverup the face and pain via the elastic on the face.

  • Kathy
    October 20, 2018

    These are some great Halloween costumes. I love all of these ideas. I love that they’re made out of cardboard too. They can be so fun that way.

  • Rachel
    October 20, 2018

    I was a telephone when I was in kindergarten. It was super cute. I just could never sit down.

  • Crystal Mendez
    October 20, 2018

    She is too cute! I love the idea of having a cute and simple costume idea. Wish they would have had these around when I was a kid.

  • Glenda Cates
    October 20, 2018

    These are adorable and I can’t wait to share the company with my friends and family. Because I know they will love these costumes.

  • Esmeralda
    October 20, 2018

    How stinking cute are these costumes!!

  • Jessica@Homeaddons
    October 20, 2018

    Love these Halloween costume ideas, Heather!! I’d definitely have some lights and sounds installed on the fire truck 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Jessica

  • kumamonjeng
    October 20, 2018

    I like how these costumes aren’t too huge and made of cardboard, that way when the halloween is over, it is easy to keep and won’t take up so much space.

  • Vyjay Rao
    October 20, 2018

    The options available for Halloween costumes have increased phenomenally over the years. With more and more innovation, today it is becoming difficult for kids to make up their minds and choose from the available options. But the traditional favourites like Firemen, Engine Drivers, etc., still hold sway.

  • Emily
    October 19, 2018

    These are such cute and simple costume ideas! This would be great for my kids because it gets really cold here for Halloween so they could still be dressed up but have their winter coats on.

  • Fran Jorgensen
    October 19, 2018

    I love how simple this dress up is! I hope they sell it in Australia because I would love to use it for my girls! Thanks for sharing!

  • Theresa
    October 19, 2018

    I love their costumes! Kids will definitely stand out with whatever they choose from Suitables! I really like their Space Princess Rocket too!

  • Terri Steffes
    October 19, 2018

    I love these costume choices. Each year we went through about a hundred choices before we hit the ONE.

  • Lou
    October 19, 2018

    I love that fire truck costumes. All of them is so creative and the cutest! Definitely will stand out in the crowd.

  • Stephanie
    October 19, 2018

    These are such creative ideas!! I love the firetruck!!

  • Cara
    October 19, 2018

    The firefighter costume is the cutest!

  • Carina
    October 19, 2018

    Awww your daughter is the cutest! I can’t wait for my son to be born to dress him up in Halloween costumes ???

  • Jessica taylor
    October 19, 2018

    I love finding unique costumes for my daughter! This year she is a Rockford Peach!

  • Stacey
    October 19, 2018

    I love these sweet costumes. i think my favorite is the firetruck– its adorable.

  • Kita Bryant
    October 19, 2018

    That fire truck one is my favorite. She is just too cute!

  • Joan
    October 19, 2018

    Halloween always gives me headache, and this week I need to get my son’s costume before he decides to scream for everyone.

  • Anna
    October 19, 2018

    This is such a cute idea!! Def checking them out! XO ~Anna http://www.pepperedinstyle.com

  • Colleen
    October 19, 2018

    These are such cute Halloween costumes. I love the ease, and I think they’re very unique! Very cool.

  • Gisele
    October 19, 2018

    These are wonderful costumes. What a great idea making vehicles out of cardboard that kids can wear. How fun!!

  • Amber Myers
    October 19, 2018

    Oh my gosh, I just love these costumes. How cute! My favorite is the princess carriage, but she should rock them all 😉

  • Jeanette
    October 19, 2018

    Looks like you have some ideas here! My kiddo picked out his outfit a while back and it is a really cool outfit. My niece and nephew are still looking so I think I may show this to them. I think they would love these ideas.

  • Pam
    October 19, 2018

    The two year olds in my family would be all over the Cinderella coach. One of them is constantly telling me she is “Cinderella Princess.” And, of course, we have a ton of princess dresses.

  • Tomi C
    October 19, 2018

    The firefighter costume would definitely be a fave with my kids. I love that the The sound effects are a great addition to the costume and everyone will definitely take notice of her costume.

  • candy
    October 19, 2018

    I can see my two grandsons and my granddaughter wanting to wear these adorable costumes. They look simple to put together and to accessorize.

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