Halloween Tips Jersey City
Now that we’re clear into October, if you haven’t started thinking about Halloween, you’re late. Costumes and candy are about to explode all over town and if you’re not ready for it, duck and cover.
Lots of our kids won’t know what they want to be. Some are too young to understand the concept entirely, and some will change their minds multiple times prior to the date. If you have a kid who has their heart set on Elsa or a Paw Patrol hero, consider yourself lucky. Don’t push the envelope. Log onto amazon RIGHT NOW and order the pre-made cookie cutter costume. Job done. There’s no reason to create drama where there isn’t any.
But if your kids fall in one of the other categories, here are a few things to consider:
- Use make up, masks, and even hats sparingly. Anything on the face or head probably won’t make it more than a few minutes unless your child is over the age of 4.
- No appendages. Enough said.
- If your kid is a wild maniac (which is probably why you’re reading this) – excuse me, I mean: If your kid is high energy, costumes that look like clothes are best. Ultimately you want your kid to forget that they have it on until they look down and Surprise! I’m wearing a costume! Superhero t-shirts, for example, with sweatpants or leggings (for boys too) are great examples of this.
- Consider costumes that double as dress-up/imagination play that can extend beyond Halloween. Melissa and Doug has a line of dress up clothes that work for this purpose, including doctor and firefighter outfits.
- Take the easy way out. Go to Target or BJs or some kind of costume shop (but go soon while they still have sizes and options) and let them pick something. Unless you’re super-passionate about Halloween, there’s no need to have the best costume on the block. No one cares that much, especially the little ones.
- Let it be fun. Don’t stress yourself out about finding the perfect ensemble unless it’s truly enjoyable for you AND your child.
- Consider consignment stores. It’s a bit of a drive out to Once Upon a Child in Fairfield, but if you can get something gently used for $5 or $10, you can grab a couple of things and feel comfortable having choices without breaking the bank. (Also you can stock up on jeans or light jackets while you’re out there. Or boots! Snow! OMG! Focus – Once Upon a Child only have name-brand stuff that’s in great condition. It’s worth the drive.)
- Check Facebook groups for parents who hung onto last year’s costumes. Again, start doing that soon too because people jump all over the good ones in that arena. (Next! Next! Next!)
- Family costumes are so cute but they’re also a lot of work. If your plan is to put your husband in a Big Bird costume, you’re going to want to start working on that (and him) now.
- When all else fails: tutus & sparkles, capes & swords. For some kids, that’s all that matters anyway.
(P.S. Wine, anyone?)