My predictions for best children’s costumes in 2017
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Here you will find my predictions for the best children’s costumes for 2017. While this post features costumes to purchase, you can check out some do-it-yourself costume ideas here.
No matter your style Halloween should be a time of fun and celebration. Make some time to talk to your kids about their dreams and favorite characters in order to make this Halloween memorable.
While I love spending our time creating the perfect costume, many parents may feel that they don’t have the time or talent to create a masterpiece. If you choose to create your costume and it’s not quite a hit, just remember that your child will always remember the love and shared time that went into your costume creation!
This year’s best children’s costumes are definitely going to be a hit. There are so many old favorite movies returning that are bound to produce a costume frenzy! While I am a big fan of making your own costume from scraps and leftover materials, there are plenty of great costumes available online or at your local retailer.
I’m excited to share some of my favorites with you! When you start with a likable hero that kids and adults both are drawn to, you have a definite winner. Kids love the idea of dressing up like their favorite or new hero characters from the movies. These characters are 2017’s predicted best sellers for Halloween costumes.
One of the best costumes features the hero from the Cars franchise. That, of course, is Lighting McQueen! This costume is a generally a jumpsuit and (may or may not) have the upper body padded to resemble muscles across the chest and arms. Some of these costumes will also come with a racing hat or headset. Lightning McQueen is sure to be the faster trick-or-treater on the block!
The toddler costumes often just consist of a shirt or hoodie as the costume instead of the jumpsuit. For toddlers, you may also find the Lightning McQueen costume that’s made to look more 3-D than the others, like the ride-on cars.
In the latest edition of the franchise, Cars 3, our favorite hero Lightning McQueen learns that things are changing. Time has moved on. New racers are ready to take over. If McQueen wants to race again, he needs help! Enter Cruz Ramirez, a technician determined to win and knows exactly how to get McQueen in the winner’s circle.
For girls, you can find the Cruz costume in varying child sizes. It is generally a yellow jumpsuit with the hat.
Mater, another fan favorite, also returns and you can find different costume versions available for his character. His outfit is usually a jumpsuit and cap. While Mater in the movie often has a tool belt, this usually doesn’t come with the costume. Of course, you can always accessorize purchasing the tool belt, headset, or caps separately.
Despicable Me Costumes
Despicable Me has become one of the funniest comedy movie franchises. It has given birth to many laugh out loud moments with endearing characters. Even the villains make children laugh over their delightful antics rather than being frightening.
Even if you live in a deep dark hole, you have seen the lovable Minions that have become famous from this franchise. The Minions are yellow creatures with goggle-like eyes who generally sport overalls. These costumes are available for all ages through infant to adult. You can even find a Minion costume for your dog!
The fun thing about the Minions is that there is a Minion for each and every personality. You can totally create your own Minion simply based on your own hobbies!
Beauty and the Beast Costumes
The tale of the Beauty and the Beast goes back to 19th century France. Almost everyone is familiar with the Disney child-friendly animated film from 1991. It was very well received by all audiences. This year Disney released a live action film based on the same story. It featured Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.
People are excited to see new versions of these characters so they make for some great Halloween costumes. However, Belle’s outfit has gone through almost no change between the 1991 version and the 2017 version. Belle has two main outfits throughout the movies.
Her everyday outfit is the first you see in the movies. It consists of a blue dress, white shirt, and white apron. Belle’s hair should be in a ponytail while in this outfit.
Her other outfit is a grandiose, yellow strapless dress with long, yellow gloves coming up to her elbow. Obviously, this outfit would go really well in a couple’s costume with the Beast costume.
Both of the Belle costumes are available from toddler to adult. The Beast costume is also available in these sizes and is a great option for a princely, yet tough guy.
In the 2017 film, Beast wears a blue coat with a matching vest, a white cravat, and gray pants. He has brown fur with backward, curved horns. In 1991, Beast sported a purple coat over a gold vest, a white shirt, and black pants.
In the older Beast costume, his head is much larger, his facial features are much more animated, and his horns curve forward. The masks available for the Beast will differ in levels of quality and detail. You may also find plastic half-masks to full, 3D faux fur masks.
There are plenty of costumes available for side and minor characters as well. You know for those who may shy away from being the star of the show. Gaston is the manly man who tries to (unsuccessfully) woo Belle. Lumière, Cogsworth, Chip, and Mrs. Potts are the furniture that comes to life in Beast’s castle. These are great costumes for little ones as mom and dad can be Belle and Beast!
My Little Pony Costumes
My Little Pony first started out as a toy line, but quickly branched out into a TV show. It won the hearts of throngs of people focusing on kindness and friendship, and it hit the big screen as a movie in 2017.
In the movie, Ponyville is at risk, and the friends must find a way to protect the place that they love. There are plenty of different characters from the line that your child can dress up as this Halloween.
Pinkie Pie is a delightful, fun, and sweet character. And yes, she is a pony! Her costume features a pink tunic top which has an image of Pinkie Pie across the front of it.
You’ll find attention to detail with the puffy sleeves in her costume. Rather than pants, the bottoms of these costumes are usually leggings. If your little girl prefers, though, you can find some Pinkie Pie costumes that have a tutu style rather than with leggings.
Many of the costumes even feature a delightful ponytail that can be removed from the costume. The costumes may come with a pony headband to imitate ears just like Pinkie Pie. There are also bright color wigs available to imitate the colorful flowing manes of the characters.
Next is Twilight Sparkle. Any little girl would love to dress like this much-loved magical Pony. Twilight Sparkle costumes are usually designed so that the clothes appear to sparkle when the child moves.
Again, the base of the costume may be a dress, tunic, tutu, or leggings. Then, you’ll find varying accessories with them such as the wings, detachable tail, and the headband to give your child ears like the beloved Pony.
You can find most of the My Little Pony costumes from the movie in sizes that will fit young toddlers all the way up to young girls and even adults.
Transformers: The Last Knight Costumes
Ever since the line of toys was released in the 1980s, Transformers have been wildly popular among young children especially boys. The toys became so popular that there were multiple animated series, animated films, and starting in 2007 live action films. Transformers: The Last Knight was released in the summer of 2017.
What boy would not want to dress up as the Transformers for Halloween? The most popular character among young boys who love Transformers is the protagonist and leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime.
Optimus prime is easily recognizable. He has a uniquely shaped blue helmet and his chest plate transforms into the front of a red truck. being the red and blue Transformer with a uniquely shaped helmet. Optimus Prime costumes come in various levels of detail. They range from printed on fabric jumpsuits with half masks to 3D full mask highly-detailed costumes.
You can also get costumes that look more like the characters from the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s animated shows rather than the live action movies.
Bumblebee is Optimus Prime’s sidekick. He is a smaller, primarily yellow Transformer who was featured extensively in the live action movies. Much like the Optimus Prime outfits, there are various levels of detail in Bumblebee costumes.
Some of the costumes also have padded muscles. Some of the masks cover the entire face, while others leave more room for comfort around the eyes and mouth. You can even get hoodies and pants designed in Bumblebee’s style.
To complete any good Transformers costume, you’re going to want to accessorize!
The sword and shield that Optimus Prime used in the fourth Transformers movie are molded from plastic, so they’re light enough to carry around and aren’t dangerous.
You could also add Bumblebee’s hand cannon to your child’s costume. For comfort, it is well padded on the inside and simply slips over your child’s hand. Of course, you don’t want human hands contrasting Autobot mechanics! Thus, you can add gloves that resemble the rest of the Transformer’s design.
Superheroes always make great Halloween costumes! Spiderman has been a major superhero and pop culture icon since the 1960s. He is continually one of the most popular costumes even though his outfit has gone through many different looks.
The key elements to Spidey’s costume have been the same throughout the years. His jumpsuit is red and blue with a web design, and his spider logo on both the chest and the back.
Every superhero needs to have a disguise! So Spiderman always wears a hood over his head with two big white spots for eyes.
The most common Spiderman costume is the classic Spiderman outfit. It’s easily recognizable, and these costumes are available almost everywhere in a wide age range, from infants to adults.
These costumes can either be normal jumpsuits or padded, muscular suits. Muscles make you look more like Spiderman does in the movies! If you want to nail the Spiderman look, you can get a really nice jumpsuit with boots, gloves, and a detailed mask.
If you are more concerned with comfort or money is a bit tight, you can find t-shirts that look like the jumpsuit as well as small masks that don’t cover your entire face. While cheaper and more comfortable, people will still be able to tell that you are dressed up as Spiderman!
You may also find great villain costumes such as Venom, Spiderman’s arch enemy. These have masks with teeth just like he had in the movie.
Let’s not forget about the girls! There’s also a wide selection of Spidergirl outfits. Spidergirl costumes look pretty much like the Spiderman outfits, but they often have skirts instead of pants. Many will have masks in place of the hoods. Spidergirl costumes are available in the original colors and new pink colors for young girls and toddlers.
This is just a sampling of the great store-bought costume selection available for Halloween 2017. I hope you will visit some of the retailers featured in this article as you will find great ideas and accessories to make your family costumes a hit. Again, if you are more of a do-it-yourself fan, please check out this post.