Creative Play Lasts All Year
- What: Buying costume in a size up
- When: 12 months and up
- Why: Use them for multiple years
- Where: Amazon or local consignment stores
Tired of buying new costumes every year? Or getting rid of costumes after only a couple wearings? Ever done the math on how much it costs per wear for your kid’s costumes?
Here’s a tip. Buy costumes in bigger sizes. My firstborn obsessed over fish, so for his second Halloween, when he was a toddler, I started looking at consignment stores for second hand bargains. I found an awesome Nemo clownfish costume for $15, but it was a size XXS for kids (roughly a 5T), which would hardly fit my barely year old toddler.
I bought it anyway. Seven years later, we still have it and use it throughout the year. For that first year, I pinned the bottom up to the right length, and rolled up the sleeves. He wanted to be the same thing for the next two years, so I adjusted the safety pin and the sleeves, and didn’t spend a penny more.
In between Hallloweens, I kept it in the dress up bin for fun pretend play anytime. While my eight year old can’t squash himself into it any longer, both his younger siblings, at ages 4 and 6, fit into it quite nicely.
Not all costumes will translate quite as nicely, but if you can adjust some part to make it work, it can be worth the investment. Sleeves and cuffs can be safety pinned and require zero sewing skills and very little time. And in lots of cases, bigger costumes only look more realistic, changing the usual proportions of arms and legs to torsos.
Sewing your own? Consider making the costume one or two sizes up for longevity. Most patterns comes with multiple sizes, and don’t require that much more fabric. If you’re going to put that much time and energy into your kid’s costume, it might as well last. We (well, not me, my sewing skills don’t extend past safety pins and the occasional button) made a pink fox costume for our two year old because it turns out you can’t buy one off the rack. My husband left some room to grow (some by intent and some by accident), and four years later, she can still wear it.
If you want to get a little more for your money or efforts, size up and enjoy costumes for months to come. No one will bat an eyelash when your little one goes out incognito, even in the middle of winter or the grocery store.