It is definitely NOT too early to be thinking about Halloween costumes! Believe me, you don't want to wait until the week before to scrounge something up when it can be slim pickings out there. We we always do a family Halloween costume idea, and this year we chose family Peter Pan costumes. We chose a Captain Hook costume and Tick Tock Croc costume for the kids and they were perfect. Here are all the details.
Family Peter Pan Costumes
Basically, as soon as we finished the last piece of candy last year, we started planning for this year. Ever since they watched "Peter Pan", my boys have been on this incessant pirate kick, and all I had to do was mention the idea and they've been sold ever since. They've decided to be Captain Hook and his Tick Tock Crock, and nothing could convince them otherwise. Here's how we achieved family Peter Pan costumes this year.
Kids Captain Hook Costume
HalloweenCostumes.org so kindly send us two costumes at no cost to facilitate this review. They carry not only one Captain Hook costume, but three child size options, one teen, and four adult size versions, plus all the hats, wigs, and hooks to finish the ensemble. We chose (the EXCLUSIVE!) Child Deluxe Captain Hook Costume since it looked so fancy, and definitely a cut above other Capt. Hook costumes we've seen online.
"Rocket" was in very serious "pirate mode" the entire time in costume! It was cracking me up! Included with this product are the hat, jacket, vest, jabot, pants, and boot tops. We are lovin' this tricorn pirate hat! It is probably the best feature of the costume. It is strong, holds its shape, and ornamented with trim and white frills. The striped bandana is attached and ties behind the head.
My boy is almost 4, but he's husky for his age, so we ordered the Small (intended to be a Child Size 6), and it fit him great. This could probably work for the next 2 years if he wants to keep being Capt. Hook every year. I wouldn't mind. It helps that the black pants have an elastic waistband and the boot tops hide the potentially too-long or too-short hem. The only tight place is in the wrists. It can be a struggle to get his hands in and out, and I wish the cuffs were a little more flared to make the jacket easier to take on and off.
The white lace jabot velcros in back and is short enough that you'll need to wear a separate shirt underneath the vest. I wish the vest had velcro or fasteners to keep it shut, else the vest gaps open and gets hidden by the coat, but it won't be a problem to add a button closure myself.
I have one happy pirate at my house. I am so impressed with the quality of these materials! I wasn't expecting real velvet, but what has been used is still fairly thick and will look great in Halloween pictures.
Kids Tick Tock Croc Costume
The next show stopper is this Kids Alligator Costume for the little guy! I'm just so happy that both of these are 100% polyester, meaning easy to wash, and not likely to wrinkle. I don't imagine these costumes will go the whole night without chocolate smears and sidewalk dirt.
When I'm dressing toddlers for Halloween, having the least number of pieces to keep track of is key. Toddlers are so well-known for ripping off hats, tossing accessories, and losing props, that I'm just so happy the only thing we have to keep track of whether he has the hood up or not. The velcro fasten here keeps the alligator jaw up around his chin, but it is attached along the lower neck.
Gotta love those creepy yellow eyes. By the way, "Little Brother" is 2 and a half, and very average in height and weight, and the 18M - 2T size I ordered fits perfectly, so assume that this costume runs a little large. The attached shoe covers still touch the floor, but I think if we add some big shoes, they'll fall just right.
I like that the tail is sturdy and stuffed enough to keep its shape, but not enough to weigh down or bother a 2-year-old. I hope you can see how the costume has a little bit of a reptile scaly gleam to it!
Boy, am I gonna have a hard time keeping their excitement at bay for practically another two months before Halloween!
What will your kids be for Halloween this year?
If you're thinking of a family Halloween costume ideas,
this Peter Pan theme is awesome!
Disclosure: I (Camille) received the and the Kids Alligator Costume at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.