Whether your favorite ghost or goblin is going out trick-or-treating or attending a party at a friend’s house, you will want their costume to be fun. Halloween is synonymous with dressing up in costume. This holiday is all about pumpkins and pumpkin carving, dunking for apples and candy. Halloween parties are the most common way to celebrate for both children and adults. The following are some costume suggestions that can be created easily and are under $20.
Berkshire Shopping Center
67 Newtown Road
Danbury, CT 06810
www.spirithalloween.comMummies are always a good choice for either boys or girls. The costume can be as simple as a long-sleeved white shirt and white pants. Cut a sheet into strips and tie them on your child’s arms and legs. Apply makeup to give them pale skin and sunken-looking eyes and cheeks and they are ready to party. Spirit Halloween has a video of makeup tips on its website. Makeup kits are inexpensive and cover all types of characters, helping complete the costume without the hindrance of a mask. If your child is carrying a prop that is large or has the potential to do harm, make sure they are made out of a flexible plastic or cardboard that will bend if fallen on. Have them carry a flashlight and add reflective tape to their costume. All dangling costume pieces should be secured so as to prevent tripping. Have fun and be safe.
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260 River St.
Guilford, CT 06437
www.readamusements.comR.E.A.D. Amusements’ costume selection is the one of the largest on the Connecticut shore. The characters and costume shop offers options for sale as well as for rent. This store should be at the top of your party list. You can rent photo booths, spin art, make hand molds and get temporary airbrush tattoos. If your child likes cooking, a chef would be a great costume choice. With a chef coat, chef hat and a pot to put their loot in, they are out the door. At this store you will find hats and props to compliment the outfit.
Putnam Bridge Plaza
15-17 Main St.
East Hartford, CT 06118
www.iparty.comYour little girl would look adorable as Merida, the Disney character from “Brave.” All that is required is a long skirt and blowsy shirt, a bow and arrow and a wig of wild flaming-red hair. The wig can be purchased here for a memorable Halloween experience. Stop in for suggestions on party themes, supplies, spooky crafts and decorations. Iparty has Halloween recipes such as false teeth snacks, graveyard cupcakes, worms in dirt, spider ice cubes, deviled vampire eyes and Halloween party games.
267 Berlin Turnpike
Berlin, CT 06037
www.hexhartford.blogspot.comSuperheroes are everywhere this year, from Broadway to the local cinema. Being a superhero is an easy costume that requires little more than you already have in the house. This costume can be assembled with a long-sleeve shirt and (tights) leggings, a belt with large buckle and the superhero’s logo cutout to pin on the shirt. Add a cape, headband and makeup or a mask and you’re set. Halloween Express has Marvel comic Spiderman gloves for only $8.99. They are for children and comes in one size fits most. The red and blue gloves have spider webs that rise up to the elbows.
2009 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825
www.partycity.comThis holiday is all about tricks. Dress up your child as a magician. With a top hat, cape, wand and a deck of cards, they are ready to make magic. As a bonus, the top hat can double as the goody bag. A child’s black cape and felt top hat are each $7.99 at Party City. If you need accessories to complete your costume, you will find them here. If you child wants the family pet to share in the festivities, Party City has a costume for Fido. Mom, it also carries Mommy-and-me costumes of storybook characters, classic figures, animals and superheroes. Dress the entire family and Fido and head out to win first prize for best costume.
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