Halloween costumes are very popular these days, and they are available in so many sizes, designs, colors, themes and styles. There are thousands of Halloween costumes for kids
too, even infant costumes
and couple Halloween costumes
. With so many options available, it would actually be hard to pick the right one for you or for your kid. That’s why we created this guide, to lend you a helping hand in choosing the best one out there.
First of all, you might want to consult with your kid to find out which costume he or she prefers. For example, many kids love zombie-killing games and a zombie costume would be ideal in their case. Others prefer ghosts, vampires, ghouls, clowns, evil jesters, you name it. Then, you will eventually have to find out the exact height of your kid in inches, to be able to pick a costume in the right size.
Continue reading this guide to find out more about scary Halloween costumes and several tips and tricks related to them. Oh, by the way, to put you in the mood, the best way to read this guide is with the famous Thriller song in the background, performed by Michael Jackson!
The main factor that influences the price of a Halloween costume is its size. A small costume, designed for 4-year-olds, is going to be less expensive than an extra-large model designed for 15-year-olds. Similarly, the accessories which come with the costume can also add up or reduce the price. To give you numbers, a high-quality scary costume for kids will cost between around $15 and $150, for a more sophisticated model.
There are also plenty of cheap scary costumes for kids out there, usually priced around 10 dollars or less, but they are really flimsy. During our research, we found numerous complaints from past customers who say that if you want a good costume, it is worth paying a couple of extra bucks to get one from a prestigious manufacturer and avoid having to deal with crying children during the Halloween party because a costume simply fell apart.
One of the most important features of a costume is, of course, its size, but there are also others which are worth taking a look at.
- Materials - Costumes for Halloween can be made of polyester, EVA, spandex or various fabrics, and they can also come with plastic accessories.
- Type/Theme/Design - As mentioned earlier, some kids prefer zombies; others would go for dragons, vampires, ghouls, gothic costumes, witches, sorceresses, and numerous other types you would probably find in a popular fantasy video game.
- Size - Most costumes come in at least three sizes – small for kids up to 10 years, medium for kids up to 12 years and large for teenagers up to 15 years. However, these numbers are not written in stone, as each costume might have its own specifications, so make sure that you check that out.
- Accessories - Some costumes come with chains, others might feature scary gloves or glasses which glow in the dark.
These are just a few of the main features of today's scariest costumes for kids. Remember that when you choose a costume, you should also let your gut feeling tell you which one is suitable or appropriate, particularly if you are offering the costume as a gift.
Construction and Design
We just mentioned earlier that some costumes are made of polyester, others of spandex, etc. Let's expand a little bit on that. For example, we found numerous costumes which are made of spandex and are basically a one-piece design, covering your entire body. The person who wears it can see outward, but others cannot actually see who is inside the costume, so they are useful for creating scary surprises!
Most costumes are, however, made of multiple pieces and they usually include a mask, a headpiece, robe, hood or accessories such as gloves or shoes. These components together create the desired scary effect and make your kid stand out from the crowd at parties. In addition, keep in mind that you can also add your own touch to the costume by wearing a really scary, zombie-like wig or by applying Halloween-style makeup, depicting blood and bones.
Performance and Ease of Use
We were pleased to find multiple attractive costumes on the market, some of them specifically for boys, others designed for girls, while other costumes were suitable for both boys and girls. Some of these costumes are also ideal for cosplay parties or other types of gatherings with a Halloween theme. By the way, remember to read the instructions when it comes to washing and care, as some costumes are machine washable while others should only be washed by hand and with cold water to avoid damaging them. The care instructions are usually found inside the package or typed on the box the costume comes in.
To ensure you are making a great decision, it would be a good idea to consult with your kid and find out what he or she likes when it comes to scary Halloween costumes. Then you just have to pick the correct size and your kid is ready to party!
California Costumes specializes in making stunning costumes for kids of all ages, as well as for dogs of different breeds. We were particularly impressed to discover that this brand makes several thousand costumes in multiple sizes. Its range of products includes costumes designed for Halloween, as well as for private parties, banquets or to make your dog look really, really cute!
The Evil Jester Costume from California Costumes looks particularly scary, and is available in several size options, starting from small to extra large. It includes pants, a sash, a scary mask and a headpiece, all making your kid look like a seriously evil clown! We like the fact that these components are made of a combination of polyester and vinyl, so when they get dirty, you can simply put them in the washing machine.
The scariest element of this costume is obviously the mask, which depicts a human skull with overemphasized features such as big teeth, big black eyes and so on. The costume is appropriate for kids from 5 to 12 years, and if you see one of those at your door on Halloween night, you'd better give him treats, otherwise it will come and haunt you!
Fun World Costumes is another popular brand which makes thousands of attractive costumes for kids of all ages. Apart from a wide range of Halloween and scary costumes, this company also makes animal costumes, and we are pretty sure your daughter would love to dress up as an elegant snow leopard. If you are going to a party, check out the hippie costumes, as well as the Renaissance Lady costumes.
For this review, we are going to focus on the Grim Reaper Fade In/Out Unknown Phantom Costume, which is made by Fun World Costumes and comes in several size options, such as small for kids from 4 to 6 years, medium for kids from 8 to 10 and large for kids from 12 to 14 years. The costume itself is a stunning representation of the scary Grim Reaper and includes the robe, hood, belt, gloves and the fade in/out glasses.
We actually love these glasses, as they will make your kid look really scary in the dark. They work with 3 AA batteries and glow red, creating a creepy and terrifying atmosphere. We read that the glasses are comfortable on the nose and, obviously, your kid can see with them on. The entire costume is made of polyester and can be cleaned with a damp cloth and basic cleaning products if it gets dirty with … who knows, maybe tears or blood?
Morphsuits is perhaps the most popular costume brand in the world, boasting up to 1.3 million fans on its Facebook page at the moment of this writing. It creates hundreds of all-in-one costumes, usually made of spandex, suitable for various types of parties, gatherings and, of course, Halloween adventures!
We were particularly impressed with the Zalgo Kids Monster Urban Legend Costume from Morphsuits, which is very popular and represents a rather creepy and scary creature. This costume is available in three size options: small, medium and large, being suitable for kids from 6 up to 12 or 13 years old. At the same time, you can have this costume in various other models, such as Jeff the Killer, Slenderman or The Rake.
The unique feature of this costume, and pretty much all others sold by Morphsuits, is that it is made of spandex and covers your body from head to toe. You can see through the costume, as the material has less density on the face area, and you can also drink through the costume, which we think is really amazing. This costume comes with a zipper and a hood, and is easy to put on and take off when necessary. By the way, we want to mention that you can see others through this costume, but they cannot see you, so if you want to surprise everyone at a party, this might be the right costume for you!
Morris Costumes designs costumes for kids, as well as adults, and it appears to us that this brand has an affinity for Halloween costumes and accessories. For example, apart from the thousands of Halloween costumes you can choose from for kids of all ages, you can also go for items like Dr. Phil's Wig, animated reapers, pumpkin decorations and haunted dolls that make really creepy sounds!
If you have a daughter who can't wait to dress up for Halloween to scare you, check out the Zombie Girls Halloween Costume from Morris Costumes. This model is available in 3 size options – medium, large and extra large – and it is made of a combination of polyester and EVA.
The costume itself is designed to be as scary as possible, using various colors, which give the impression of a zombie, haunted spirit, devil and everything else you can imagine. It even has a picture on the belly which resembles the "guts" of the zombie, a feature we consider to be pretty attractive. It is suitable for kids aged 7 to 15, and we really hope your daughter will love it. She must add some Halloween makeup and get a wig, and then you must obey her commands, otherwise she might wake you up at night wearing this costume!
The last scary costume on our list comes from Rubie's, a well-established brand that makes costumes for kids as well as adults. Want to dress up as Spider-Man for your next party? There are many costumes to choose from in various sizes. You can also get a Wonder Woman costume for your wife and a Star Wars one for your kid. As for Halloween costumes, Rubie's creates thousands of them for both boys and girls!
We had Grim Reaper, we had zombies, we also want to have ghosts in our review, and that’s why we included the Cool Ghoul Costume from Rubie's. This model is available in 3 size options – small, medium and large – and it is ideal if you want to dress up your kid as a monster, but want something relatively child-friendly, without blood and bones.
This ghoul costume comes with a white, hooded robe and a mask, allowing excellent visibility for the kid who wears it. You will also find a white chain in the package, which acts as a decorative item and makes the costume scarier. This model is designed for kids aged 5 to 7, but we are sure a 4-year-old or an 8-year-old would also fit pretty well in the correct size. We also like the fact that this is a "unisex" type of costume, so whether you have a son or a daughter, this one is suitable for them.
As you can see, some of the best scary costumes for kids look terrifying and are appropriate for Halloween parties, but they are not excessively frightening. Go ahead and get your favorite one, as a little birdie told us that the stock gets depleted quickly when it comes to Halloween costumes!