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These days, trick or treating is so ubiquitous that you’d be hard pressed to find a child that doesn’t spend weeks looking forward to his or her sweet stash at the end of the month. And, hours go into finding the best Halloween costumes for kids.
Although Live Science claims that Halloween costumes spring from a myriad of autumnal festivals and folklore, it wasn’t until the 1950s that it became part of the American culture. (And, it’s now beginning to spread to countries where Halloween was an unknown holiday.)
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Halloween costumes for kids are a big deal! In fact, the US Census Bureau estimated that over 40 million American children went trick or treating in 2013, and surely that number continues to rise.
That’s a lot of Halloween costumes for kids. Luckily, there are cheap Halloween costumes for kids on the market.
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Thankfully, you’re hardly limited to Pikachu this year. These Halloween costumes for kids cover a big range. And, unless you’ve got time to make costumes from scratch, you’re likely to find something for every kid in your family on this list of the best halloween costumes for kids.
This super plush puppy costume will be your child’s new favorite outfit! The suit has Velcro closures making it easy to get on and off (and easy for diaper changes). This costume comes with a little hood and is super cozy.
The size chart is a little off, so check it out before purchasing – it’s recommended to order a size up!
This plush costume is made from 100% polyester and comes with a super cute soft hood to complete the look. The suit is lightweight and feels like a plush blanket. There are Velcro closures, making the costume easy to put on and perfect for quick diaper changes!
This costume comes with the cozy hood to complete your child’s full puppy-dog look.
Best to hand wash this cozy costume. Treat it like you would a plush blanket. The material is breathable, so your little one shouldn’t get too hot.
Select options start at $16.02, which is a fantastic deal for this comfy and cute costume. There are a few designs that sell for a bit higher, but overall the quality is the same.
This Sumo suit by Tocolo will be your kid’s new favorite Halloween costume. They’ll want to wear it every year! The suit quickly inflates and stays inflated thanks to the battery pack- so your kid can focus on enjoying the night!
Be careful with the battery pack and make sure it is always clipped to the outside of the costume as it can get hot and burn.
The costume is made from 100% polyester and doesn’t tear easily. The suit is one size fits all (for children). The battery-operated fan inflates the costume within seconds! The outfit is super cute, and well ventilated so your kid can move easily throughout the night.
You get the costume, ‘wig’ and battery pack to blow up the suit. Use caution with the battery pack, as it does get hot with use.
The battery pack should keep the suit blown up all night long! You attach the pack to the back belt so if it ever deflates you can easily blow it back up.
The suit costs $24.99, which we’d say is a great value. You should be able to reuse this sumo-suit, whether it be for themed parties or multiple Halloweens! If you’re not satisfied with the product the company will return your payment – so you can buy in confidence.
This Spooktacular costume is extremely durable and affordable. Your kid will be the spookiest zombie on the block!
Your kid will most likely need to wear underneath as with many costumes. It may get hot inside the facemask after wearing for a long time.
The costume is exceptionally durable and made from 100% polyester. It’s a six-piece set that is easy to assemble.
This costume comes with six pieces in total. You get a long-sleeved shirt with attached bones, pants with attached leg bones, a hood, gloves, a mask, and the zombie hunter mask.
The costume is 100% polyester, but with the bones and extra attachments, it’s probably best to dry clean. Your child shouldn’t have any issues with the costume once it’s on. Keep in mind that it can get a little hot inside the mask after extended wear.
The costume starts at $19.99, which is a great value. You’re getting a quality six-piece set that your kid is going to love. The suit is extremely durable so you can definitely use it more than once.
Your kid will want to wear this costume every day, trust us. The suit itself is super comfy and made with real fabric, and the plastic helmet is genuinely durable. Your kid will get to live out all of their Star Wars dreams in this cute and fun costume.
The blaster is sold separately, unfortunately, but you still get the cute helmet!
This Rubies Star Wars Captain Rex Costume is going to be your child's new favorite outfit. You can also get Commander Cody, Commander Fox, Plo Koon, and Ahsoka. Each design comes with a basic model and a deluxe version. For the deluxe versions, you pay about twice the amount, but you get a belt and blaster. For the basic model, you get the full costume and helmet, but with no additional accessories.
Unfortunately, the blaster is sold separately for the basic model. The costume does come with the super cool helmet with padding on the inside for comfort.
The deluxe version comes with a blaster and a cool belt.
It's best to hand wash this suit or get it dry cleaned.
The helmet does get a little hot, so your child probably won't want to keep it on for too long. The suit itself can get a bit warm as well, so if it's not super cold outside, best to wear the costume without any underlayers.
For only 18.75 on Amazon, we'd say this product is priced at a great value. Your kid will probably even want to use this costume for multiple occasions (or just as their everyday wear)!
Your child will look so cute and absolutely love this paw patrol chase costume. The material is super comfortable and the costume is easy to put on making everyone's life a little bit easier!
Some users report the size chart is a bit off.
The Rubie's Paw Patrol Chase Child Costume is a cute brown longsleeved jumpsuit with an attached blue top. The costume comes with a police hat that has attached puppy ears.
Made with 100% polyester - the costume is super comfy. The suit is not sized the same as apparel, so be sure to check out the size chart before purchasing. The costume itself is roomy, and if you order a size up, your child will be able to reuse this costume for the next year.
The suit comes with a matching police cap and backpack! The backpack (or pup pack) is big enough to store items in (or maybe even some Halloween treats!).
Best to hand wash this costume or take it to the dry cleaners.
The costume is roomy, and your child should be comfortable in it throughout the night.
This pup patrol costume is exceptionally durable and selling on Amazon for only $18.76. Your child will definitely want to reuse this costume, making it an absolute steal in our opinion.
It’s one of the best latex masks out there and young men will love the scare effect while trick or treating. It’s also 100% non-toxic latex.
Not only is it wildly expensive, but you still need to organize just about everything else to make this costume work.
It’s just a mask and it’s 100% latex. So, if your kid has a latex allergy, you should probably steer clear of this one!
Yes, pretty much everything! You’ll need an all white outfit of some sort, preferably with a ruffled front and collar. Then there is the red balloon and some red pom poms for the front of the shirt. But, none of these things would work without the mask – or a wig and some serious face painting skills.
Yes, as you would expect.
Pretty much. $50 is a stretch for most Halloween costumes and this doesn’t do more than cover the face. If you’ve got the money for it, your kid is going to love it. If not, go the face painting route or choose another costume.
Not only do kids love their emojis, but this is super simple – all you need is something to wear underneath. Plus, it is possible to wash this costume in the machine.
It’s not exactly the cheapest costume, nor is it particularly high quality.
It’s made of 100% polyester material with a foam liner to provide some shape. There are ties in the back at the neck, which has a fabric covering for comfort.
Just something to wear underneath – like a pair of jeans or leggings. Otherwise, these costumes are meant to speak for themselves.
Surprisingly, it’s suitable for the gentle cycle in your washing machine. Of course hand washing is recommended, but we know you’re unlikely to do that.
At nearly $30, it’s definitely not the cheapest option. But, let’s face it, your kids – especially tweens will flip for the chance to express themselves with this costume.
For some reason, kids believe that muscle padding makes them strong. This costume is more than timeless, and it will make your little ones feel like superheroes. Expect this costume to come out day after day.
Some people report costumes that aren’t exactly the highest quality. Your best bet is to buy early and check it out before the kids see it. That will give you a chance to make adjustments without all those tears of wanting it now.
The jumpsuit is 100 percent polyester and the half mask is made of polyurethane foam.
Probably not. You get the jumpsuit with the fake muscles (which kids flip for) and the half mask. If you really wanted to do it right, a little face paint is all you need. Then again, the gloves and spidey socks aren’t a bad touch.
Of course. You can try to put it in the machine, but you shouldn’t tumble dry it.
This costume is remarkably good value for the cost. It’s surprisingly sturdy and only costs about $25. Not bad considering your young man will want to wear it just about every day.
This is probably the perfect costume for tween/teen girls. It comes with everything and isn’t too showy.
The pieces, sadly, are attached to each other and it’s not the most recognizable (but only as it’s not common to see girls dressed as the Mad Hatter).
Mostly, this is made of 100 percent polyester, but there are also some extra details such as buttons.
If modesty is important to you, then you may want a pair of tights. Otherwise, a tea cup or tea pot would probably help people to more easily identify the character. Otherwise, you get just about everything with this tween/teen costume, including pettiskirt attached to the skirt, tailcoat with attached vest, spat shoe covers, glovelettes, bow tie, and hat.
Yes! And, the manufacturer has provided some strict guidelines about that – no bleach or hot water. You also want to avoid twisting the costume too much as it may easily lose its shape. Basically, this costume is delicate and you’ll be glad it doesn’t need to be worn often.
Depending on the size, you will pay between $30 and $40 which isn’t bad for a costume for older kids. But, you will feel a little pinch considering it will only be worn once… maybe twice.
This is the most incredible pack of princess gear for a terrific price. You get skirts, shirts, headbands, and more. Consider this as a gift for any time of the year.
There are some small parts that are considered choking hazards in this trunk. Additionally, the quality isn't great. But, it is super affordable.
There are lots of little pieces in this trunk. Expect a fair amount of polyester and plastic. It’s hardly ideal, but this is more than a costume.
You’ll probably want some tights for your little ones, but that’s about the extent of the extras. Well, they may demand princess high heels (which aren’t recommended for trick or treating). But, if you need anything else, your princess probably has it.
You will need to hand wash this. Lucky for you, the princesses wearing these costumes are more likely to twirl around than roll in the mud.
NO! This is perhaps the best possible value on this list. For $30, you get a pile of items that can be mixed and matched to be whatever princess you want (except Elsa).
Let’s face it; kids are still Pokémon mad. So you know any kid would simply adore this Pikachu costume. Sure, it’s hardly original, but you do get an almost complete costume.
Sadly, the tail is a little floppy (which it shouldn’t be given the price). And, given that the kids are going to want to wear this after Halloween, you’re going to wish this could go in the machine.
As you can imagine, this is made from polyester with foam inserts.it’s basically a done deal with the fleece jumpsuit filled with a foam tummy and sporting an attached tail. You also get the hat.
Some face paint or yellow gloves could make this costume a little more enjoyable (for everyone). And, if you want to be a little more creative with this costume, you could make a cardboard outline to look like a phone screen. It will make them feel as though they’re in their favorite game.
Sadly, yes. And you’re probably going to need to wash it over, and over, and over again. If your kid is truly Pokémon crazy, you may just want to buy two at once.
For a Halloween costume, it’s not cheap. But, if your kid is going to want to wear it all the time then it’s not so bad. It’s roughly $50, and you’re paying for endless smiles with this costume. What parent can say no to that?
This is an affordable costume that includes everything your kid needs to look like Batman. As an added bonus, the sizing is remarkably accurate. Who doesn't love that?
The polyester fabric is quite cheap and some reviewers were quite upset it doesn’t come with muscles like other superhero costumes.
It’s a mix of polyester with polyurethane foam – and you shouldn’t expect much from it; the fabric is quite thin (as many Halloween costumes are).
It’s a printed jumpsuit (no muscles) with an attached cape. And, that cape is wonderfully long. Some people find it a little too long, but most love that it's not just a short half-cape.
The mask is sturdily made from hard plastic; on the inside, there is foam padding which makes for a comfortable fit. The belt is on the flimsy side, but you should probably expect that for a Halloween costume at this price point.
One of the best things about this costume (besides the price) is the sizing. Many users report the sizing to be fairly accurate – which is a rarity for Halloween costumes. The other great thing? Kids fascinated by Batman absolutely flip when they get to wear this – and it seems to hold up well despite the thin fabric.
If you want to get really specific, you can add a cape with a logo or the like. But, you can totally get away with this inexpensive costume.
Hand washing is suggested, but there are a few parents that have managed to toss this in the machine without totally destroying it.
Nope. And, that’s one of the reasons we love it so much. You should pay less than $20 for this and everything that's included. Score.
This is a high-quality costume for a good price. It’s wildly cute and comes with nearly everything your little pirate needs.
This is definitely scratchy; you’ll want to have under layers. Watch out for the glitter – there’s a lot of it.
It’s created using plenty of polyester and tulle, with a felt hat that has a polyester lace finish.
You’ll probably want some leggings and an undershirt, not to mention shoes. You can easily complete this outfit with a sword and possibly an eye patch (both of which you can pick up rather cheaply this time of the year).
The manufacturer suggests it and we would definitely recommend it – if only because you don’t want that glitter clogging your machine.
The MSRP is a little more than $30, which is already quite a good price for this much costume. But, you should be able to find it for under $20 on Amazon – most of the time. We love that.
Inside this package, you’ll get an all-in-one white shirt with attached red and gold vest. The black belt is also attached. We love the little details like the ribbon cinching on the sleeves. And, just about every little girl is going to go wild for the long, firm, full tulle skirt. It’s just the sort of thing those little ones love.
Now, on that skirt, we have to warn you that it is covered in glitter – don’t open the package over carpeting or you’ll be finding bits of it for months. The hat is touch and go; most buyers find that it fits well and is made of quality felt. Though, there are those that have found it to be way too small.
This is a terrific costume to start a family or group look. And, it’s wonderfully affordable at that. You get everything you need except boots. That’s a bonus.
The costume isn’t the best quality (though what should you expect for the price?). The goggles aren’t the best fit for everyone, so you may end up adjusting them or replacing them.
If you have a whole brood of little ones to dress, this is the costume for you. It’s got everything you need at a remarkable price. Plus, it doesn’t take that much effort to customize each kid. On the downside, this isn’t the best made costume. But, somehow, the kids just don’t seem to mind.
Sadly, this is made of 100 percent polyester, and it’s not the best quality.
You get the printed jumpsuit, gloves, headpiece, and the goggles. If you wanted to make it a little extra special, you could strap a pillow around your child’s middle. Or, if it’s a cold Halloween, you could buy a size or two up and use a jacket underneath.
This will probably fall apart in the machine unless you put it in on a gentle cycle. And, you’ll definitely need to hang it to dry.
No matter what size you get, you’ll pay less than $20. If you’re dressing a family of minions, it’s still remarkably affordable.
In addition to the terrific price, users find this costume to be cute, comfortable, and generally long lasting.
The sizing on this costume is a little touch and go – and most users need to make a few adjustments to get this to work (especially with the headband and boots).
The body is 100% stretchy polyester. The boots are made of a velour sort of a material (rather than the shiny fabric you see in the photo).
It doesn’t come with a lasso of truth. You may want to pick up a yellow jump rope to complete the outfit. And, given the size of the skirt (in most cases), you’ll want some leggings as well.
You can put it in the machine on a gentle cycle, but some users have experienced issues with this. It’s probably best to hand wash this Wonder Woman costume if you want it to last for any length of time.
Depending on the size you get, you’ll pay between $20-$25. That’s really not bad at all. Indeed, considering you get just about everything you need for a super cute costume.
Not every little girl wants to be a princess; you may know one that would rather save the world. And, with the renewed popularity of Wonder Woman, you can bet this one will go over well. Little girls love it – and by all accounts, it’s well made and comfortable.
There are a few things you need to know before you order this costume. First, if you’ve left it to the last minute, you’re better off buying a couple of different sizes and returning the ones that don’t fit. The sizing is a little wacky; it runs small, so order a size up. And, many find that the body suit/skirt and headband are small while the boot covers, belt (which is a separate piece), and the wristbands are large.
Speaking of those boot covers, they’re not shiny as shown in the image, but rather a velour-type material. And, there isn’t anything to hold them up. You may need to sew in elastic or velcro or simply tuck them into existing boots. But, let’s face it, the smile on your little one’s face is totally worth it.
This is sweetness embodied! You get the complete costume and most of the sizes are machine washable. A few additional features are clearly well thought out for parents.
Sizing will drive you a little nutty, make sure you spend time looking everything through before placing your order.
It’s made from 100 percent polyester. But, it’s soft and there are skid resistant booties. Those are for use indoors; don’t try to take your child trick or treating in them (unless your arms are up for constant carrying).
This is a ridiculously cute costume for small children and babies. It’s basically a (lined) jumpsuit with a zipper and snap closures on the leg. The latter makes for relatively easy diaper changes. The booties and the hood seal the deal on sweetness and make it unnecessary to buy anything else.
This is one of the few costumes that can go in the machine, as per the manufacturer’s instructions. You’ll want to do that before tucking this away as a memory or passing it along to the next child.
It can run into the expensive side if you’re dressing a newborn in this costume. Who wants to pay $60 for a teeny tiny costume? But the price does come down into an more acceptable range of $30 as your children become bigger.
This costume is made with surprisingly high-quality materials and stands up relatively well in the wash too. It’s inexpensive, yet detailed and kids love it.
One of the biggest drawbacks is the quality of the mask compared to that of the material. You’ll also need your own pants and boots.
the robe, cape, and belt are all made of polyester. The mask is hard plastic with foam for comfort.
You will definitely need pants and boots to go with this. And your kid is for sure going to want a light saber, right? You’ll need to order that separately. And, there are a lot of users that opt for a full helmet mask rather than the front facing one that's included.
It’s suggested, but there are plenty of users that have thrown it in the machine without damaging it.
It shouldn’t. The MSRP is a little more than $35, but you can find it on Amazon for less than $20 – most of the time.
We absolutely love the quality of the robe, hooded cape, and belt that comes with this Star Wars costume. It’s really quite durable and should last for quite some time. But, and we really need to add a but here, the mask doesn’t live up to the same quality. There are many that opt to order another Kylo Ren mask – to go with the light saber which must also be ordered separately.
For the most part, the sizing is accurate, though it’s really best for those that are perhaps a little taller and thinner than the opposite. That said, it’s worth making a minor adjustment here or there to ensure you’ve got a great fit.
And, as an added bonus, there are plenty of users that have found this holds up in the wash and lasts for quite a long time. Now who doesn’t love that – especially given the price?