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Favorite Store-Bought Halloween Costume Ideas

By Melissa Summers

I always start shopping for Halloween costumes in mid-September because my kids are too old to agree to any adorable DIY costumes and I’m tired of  spending a million dollars on a last-minute costumes that I hate. And then I end up at the party supply store on October 30th buying my kids whatever is left and spending a million dollars on it. This year I will likely do the same thing but I will have looked at all the options before I spend a million dollars on costumes that don’t really do anything for me, so maybe that’s an improvement.

I’m sharing five of my favorite mass-produced costume ideas here because I”m assuming you will also wind up at the Halloween super store at some point and maybe you can buy something similar for your little person. If you do, please think fondly of me as I spend all my money on a last-minute Licensed Character costume for my son.

Creative Costume Ideas, No DIY Required

banana.jpgBanana: I literally offered my son a billion dollars if he would wear a banana costume. There’s something so funny about a walking talking banana. In fact I can’t believe a walking talking banana doesn’t have his own show on NBC yet. Unfortunately my son does not share my sense of humor and finds nothing funny about the idea of dressing as a walking banana. Sigh.



leia.jpgStar Wars characters: I was a huge fan of sibling costumes before my kids developed “free will” and “opinions.” I have friends who dressed their son as Luke Skywalker and their toddler daughter as Princess Leia. Even better: They got the dog a Yoda costume. Of course, if they’d really wanted to do it right my friend’s husband should have dressed as Darth Vader, but whatever. Still cute.


moses.jpgMoses: Okay fine you don’t want to be a banana, how about Moses? The plagues are scary! Frogs everywhere! What little kid doesn’t dream of dressing up as Moses for Halloween? Apparently mine doesn’t. (Side note: Some religious schools ask that students dress as saints or “non-scary” characters for Halloween. If that’s you, Moses is perfect.)



wheaties.jpgWheaties box: Do you remember the Wheaties box with Mary Lou Retton on it? I was so impressed by that — I remember thinking for a moment how I’d like to succeed as an athlete enough to be on a Wheaties box. But then I also remembered that I don’t like sweating very much which seems to be an important part of being a successful athlete. I may have to get the adult version of this costume, though, and live out my Olympic dreams. Hilarious.


pizza.jpgSlice of pizza: I love this toasty warm pizza bunting costume. I wonder if it’s warm enough for your baby to wear all winter? Just imagine unloading the baby at daycare in January in his pizza outfit. Hilarious.



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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • Cheri

    September 18, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Before I clicked on the link under “including the dog,” I was certain it would take me to one of my favorite pictures of Dooce’s dog, Chuck, dressed up from Halloween a few years ago. I tried looking for the photo on Dooce’s site and just couldn’t find it…Maybe CostumeCraze should offer to buy the rights to Heather’s photo. 🙂

  • KYouell

    September 22, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    When my son was an infant I made him a flannel biscuit costume (we’ve called him The Biscuit since he was in utero) complete with a flannel pat of butter for his head; my husband thought he looked like a life preserver with a yellow pillow-hat. I was disheartened enough to just skip it last year. We were just staying home to answer the door anyway.
    This year I swear he’s going to be a bumblebee. You should see him buzz. In costume it would be adorable. So bring on the DIY tips. So far I know he needs black sweat pants and shirt. I just don’t know how to get the yellow stripes on. Just in case you were wondering exactly what DIY tips are needed — please?

  • BeLinda

    September 26, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    First the bee thing- Yellow felt for stripes. just lightly baste them on, and then you can rip them off and use the sweatsuit. or if you aren’t up for sewing glue them on but be sure to put cardboard in between layers of shirt. White felt would make cute little wings. Get a yard of felt, fold in half and cut so that the wings match and you can sew/glue the middle.
    If you want to be funny cut a B out of the yellow felt and glue that on instead of a stripe.
    My daughter is going to be a lollipop fairy. Sue has a lollipop shirt, a tutu and I am making her a superhero cape because she thinks that would be more fun than wings.

  • KYouell

    September 27, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Thanks BeLinda, you’re my heeero! 😀