Top 10 Halloween Costumes September 20 2009

The first step is to talk with your child. What does your child want to be?HalloweenCostumePhoto

Here are  helpful Top 10 lists to get you started.


  1. Doctor or Dentist
  2. Queen or Princess (e.g. Princess Leia or Barbie in an Island Princess.)
  3. Sports Star
  4. Musician or Artist
  5. Favorite Story Book Character (e.g. favorite American Girl doll.)
  6. 50’s Girl
  7. Angel or Fairy (e.g. Tooth Fairy)
  8. Religious Leader (e.g. Mother Theresa)
  9. Super Hero (e.g. Wonder Woman or Cat Woman) or Real Hero (e.g. Joan of Arc)
  10. Cultures from Around the World (e.g. Hawaiian dancer)


  1. Favorite Story Book Character (e.g. Where the Wild Things Are or Curious George)
  2. Doctor or Dentist
  3. Knight or Prince
  4. Sports Star
  5. Musician or Artist
  6. 50’s Guy
  7. Tiger, Lion or Bear
  8. Religious Leader (e.g. Jesus)
  9. Hero (Super Man, Spider Man Anakin Skywalker or Han Solo)
  10. Cultures from Around the World (e.g. Safari Man)

What Role Do You Want Your Child to Play

The only reason why I like Halloween is because it’s an opportunity to let our children dress up and express themselves while having fun. If I had my way, there would be absolutely no gross or disgusting costumes allowed! Some schools don’t allow things like weapons, blood or other disgusting things as part of a Halloween costume and I don’t think that it should be allowed either.

Let’s think about it a bit here. Our children will be playing a role on Halloween. What do we want our children to identify with? Do we want our children to identify with evil characters or characters that bring love and light into the world? I think it’s important for parents and teachers to encourage children to express themselves in a way that can build up the child’s self-esteem and see the world in a new and different way. It can also be fun to do research for the costume and your child will develop his/her own character depending upon your child’s interests and personality.

It’s also very important to let our children dress up as they wish. That is within your own determined acceptable limits. For example, some parents don’t let their kids dress up as evil characters.  If a child wants to be a tennis star, but dad likes football, back off a bit. Let the child be a tennis star. If dad likes football so much he can have fun, too and dress up like a football player. It’s important to let children develop confidence and expression by having some choices, especially if we want them to have fun while building up their self-esteem.

This article will review how to make a safe, fun and affordable costume with what you already have.

While designing the costume, keep these important things in mind:


Here’s a check list to consider while designing the costume:

  • Can your child see clearly? Nothing covering the eyes, like a mask.
  • Does your child have freedom of movement? 
  • Is it safe to go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood or would it be best to attend a party with close friends or at a community get-together? What kind of costume would be best for the evening?


Keep the weather in mind. If it’s cold outside, pretty much any costume can get away with adding a white or black turtle neck & leggings. If it’s warm, make sure your child won’t get too hot in his/her costume.

Personality & Interests

What makes your child happy? Does your child absolutely love sports? Is your child really into music? Your child can become anyone he/she wants to for the day! What an amazing and empowering experience for a child.

Children really can enjoy being involved in this choice. We can help our children do research in order to find out more information about the character, so we can make an authentic looking costume. This can be a fun, educational and memorable experience. Watching a movie about the character, printing out articles or photographs of the character from the internet and reading books can really help your child understand and appreciate the choice he/she is making.

Places to Look for Free or Cheap Costume Stuff

1. Closet & Playroom

When you look at this list, be creative. Think about what you already have around the house. Halloween costumes can be fun, affordable, and encourage your child to express himself in an exciting and positive way. Look in your child’s closet and play room. There may be more in there to dress up with than you realize at first. For example,  my daughter was a cheerleader last year. She wore a cheerleading costume her aunt and uncle sent her. She had her hair in two ponytails and tied with ribbon from my sewing basket. She wore leggings and a turtle neck. The handle broke off of her pumpkin, so I took the same ribbon in her hair and tied it onto her pumpkin and it matched perfectly. It was an adorable costume.

2. Dollar Store & Claire’s

You can also get stuff at the dollar store and an accessory store for girls called Claire’s. I went there yesterday and they have tights in leopard print, cat ear barrettes, cat and bunny ear headbands, strings of beads. There’s too much to write here.

3. Your Jewelry Box

Be sure to look in your jewelry box and in your closet. Do you have any wigs or cool costume jewelry?

4. Dad’s Side of the Closet

What does dad have on his side of the closet? Get into stuff and have fun. Dad has ties, long dress up shirts and white t-shirts.  Using a long white, button up dress shirt as part of a dentist or doctor costume would work well. Adding a doctor kit from around the house (e.g. stethescope around the neck) and making a badge of some type out of construction paper and string.

Maybe you could tie dye a white t-shirt for a 70's costume? You could use some of mom's costume jewelry & makeup. Use eyeliner to make a peace sign on the child's cheek. Put braids in a girls hair and add some flowers.

5. Your Makeup Drawer

There’s no need to buy “costume” make up if you’ve got a drawer full of cosmetics already. Using your own makeup can save money. There's so much to do with makeup. You can create a bunny, cat or puppy. Put sparkly make-up on a princess or fairy. Get out the eyeliner, eye shadow, lipstick, blush and any sparkly stuff you have.  A few days before Halloween play with the makeup. Create the character you want and remember how you did it. That way, you'll know what to do on Halloween.

Share the Memories of  Your Child’s Special Costume  

Have fun designing your child’s costume. You can make it a fun and memorable experience. If you'd like to make a frame for the costume photo, here's a template for a frame craft.

We’d love to see your child's costume’s on Facebook. Post your child’s costume and you could be our lucky winner. The winner will get a surprise gift from TRC.  We're looking for a winning costume that's mostly home-made, not gross or evil and is fun. I can't wait to see all of the cute costumes.