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Getting creative with Halloween costumes

melissa-and-doug-ninja-costume-8542-aSometimes kids are VERY sure what they want to be for Halloween. Others, not so much. Either way, you’ve got a little less than a month to help them create the right look for this VERY important evening, and we’ve got some great options in our selection!

The simplest route is to go with one of our all-in-one dress-up sets, which are also great for year-round role play: now is the perfect time to invest in one of these cute little get-ups, because all Melissa & Doug is 25% off through the end of the month! Given that princess costumes are the #1 choice for kids for the 11th year running, the Melissa & Doug Princess Role Play Costume Set may be just the ticket; I like the idea of mashing it up with the Melissa & Doug Fairy Role Play Costume Set, or just creating your own custom cavalcade of pink with a cape, tiara, twirly skirt, fairy wings, a wand, and other adorable accessories. Frozen costumes are still ranking 5th on the list of popular costumes, so a variation on that theme might also fit the bill.

consultation small squareRanking third on the list is “action/super hero” characters, and we’ve got plenty of options for the kid who wants to do some swashbuckling: the new Melissa & Doug Ninja Costume is particularly adorable, and will charm the heck out of your neighbors with a muffled “trick or treat!” Fierce pirates and heroic knights will also enjoy storming the decks and drawbridges around your neighborhood in search of candy.

But what if your child has a more unique idea that doesn’t come packaged all together? There are plenty of options in our selection to invent or embellish a whole new costume.

For instance, an explorer or a pirate would look great with a little monkey as a pal. No Hollywood starlet should leave the house without a little doggie in a handbag. A young wizard definitely needs an owl, a doctor needs a doctor’s kit, and a construction worker needs a tool belt. And all you need to create a mini jazz musician is a nice suit, some sunglasses, and a saxophone!

And then there’s the homemade option – and many parents get VERY creative! I’m a lazy last-minute kind of gal myself, so my favorite ideas that I found around the web are the really simple ones. Here are a few that I think kids are going to enjoy:

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