Fall is absolutely one of the most fun times of the year. Temperatures start to cool, you can bring out your favorite scarves and boots, and the leaves start to change. It is a time of year designed to make lasting memories with your family; memories that they can think back on with their own children someday. With fall also comes the start of the Holiday Season. First up? Halloween!
Halloween can be so much fun and definitely festive. Now that you have a toddler (perhaps toddlers?) running around, you can really start getting into the holidays with them. They are becoming old enough to get excited and to (at least somewhat) understand that purpose and function behind celebrations. While some of our customs may seem weird (like dressing up as something you’re not and going door to door to ask strangers for candy…) toddlers are old enough to really take part in some of them!
Now that the temperature is starting to dial down, you might be thinking about how your toddler is going to dress up for Halloween – after all, it’s next month! Will they be something sweet and cute like a cat? Will they dress up as their future occupation (Starbucks Barista anyone)? Either way you go, there are somethings you may consider when thinking of what they will be for Halloween this year.
We at Ruffles and Tutu’s want to help you out! Here are a few tips:
Keep It Fun
Stressing about the perfect costume? Don’t! Relax! Christmas may be the most “wonderful” time of the year, but Halloween is reserved for all things silly and spooky. If everything doesn’t turn out perfect, it’s okay. Your kiddos aren’t going to remember whether or not their costume was the most original or the sparkliest, or the cutest. What they will remember is their parents being stressed and cranky all of the time. You won’t be the only one not having fun if you’re searching for perfection – your children will feel the tension and be stressed out too. Isn’t the point of holidays to enjoy time with the ones you love anyway?
If you are not a Master Seamstress or a Pinterest Goddess, take a look at some of the costume options we have. Why not dress your Little up as a Peacock? How about a Luxe Lion? There’s even a sweet Candy Corn option that we are just squealing over! Or how about (wait for it) a Ballerina!!
If none of these quite hit the mark, you can also add a tutu to something more along the lines of what you were thinking. How about a monkey? Perhaps you were thinking more along the lines of a particular Disney character? Or a fan for your families’ favorite football team! Don’t worry, we can custom make a tutu for you as well! ;)
Plan for the Weather
Perhaps you live somewhere super warm like Arizona where it could still possibly be in the 80’s come Halloween, or maybe you live somewhere chillier like Colorado where it’s already snowed at least once by Halloween. Are you lucky enough to be somewhere in between? Part of the fun of Halloween is that a lot of it takes place outside. Unfortunately, this means that all costumes will need to be suitable for the weather in your area.
If you live somewhere warm, you don’t want to dress your kiddo up in a thick sweat suit. There are some really adorable costumes out there that fit this description (unicorn, giraffe) but these may not be the best idea for your little one if they’re going to be dripping in sweat while asking for free candy.
Likewise, if it’s freezing where you are, you have to plan your costumes around coats. This is so irritating, but lucky for our kiddos, it’s a lot easier to have a cute costume with a coat than it was back when we were kids! There are so many accessories to choose from now. Why not add a tutu around the coat? Maybe dress things up with a snazzy headband.
There are so many great options out there now. Thankfully you don’t have to worry about your kiddo being a comfortable temperature AND cute! Goodness knows toddlers need a certain amount of both to get through the day!
Don’t Be Afraid to DIY
Remember the Master Seamstress and Pinterest Goddess I mentioned earlier? You don’t have to be them to DIY (on a side note – if you ARE them you are a rare GEM and we are all SO jealous of you!). There are a lot of great costumes that can be made at home. Do some perusing on Google and Pinterest and see what you can find. You can also take a gander at our gallery if you are really determined to make the costume yourself instead of buying. There’s a lot to be said for a little bit of face paint and cardboard! What’s more, it’s always so impressive to see the kiddos at the door who have a homemade costume!
Have Your Little’s In Mind
This one might seem obvious, but I think as parents sometimes it’s really easy to get lost in our own ideas about how our child should dress and what their interests should be. At the end of the day, we all just really want our kiddos to have fun. Is there are certain book character they love? What about their favorite color? What about their least favorite color? These are all things to consider when picking out a costume.
One of the best things about holidays is that memories are made. Children grow up way too fast. Before you know it, you could be at your Little’s first ballet recital, or maybe even their ballet audition to get into Julliard! Enjoy this time and enjoy your kids. They’re only little for so little. No matter the costume, just have fun.
Audra Harris is a freelance writer and a teacher turned stay at home mom. You can read about all of her misadventures and parenting ideas on her own blog: