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Did you know that dogs wish they could fly? Help your sweet puppy fulfill her fairy fantasy with this coordinating Butterfly Dog Costume. orientaltrading.com.
Coordinate a Mother-Daughter-Puppy look this year for the community parade. This Girl’s Monarch Butterfly Costume is not only adorable, but offers great play value after Halloween. orientaltrading.com
Mom can get some after-Halloween play value from her Monarch Butterfly Costume too. Did I just say that? orientaltrading.com.
ShoppingGirls are savvy about when to plan for special events like Halloween. However, being savvy, and being able to get around to it, are two different things! Due to the popularity of Halloween, you do need to start planning and shopping early, or risk finding that the gear you want has sold out.
To help ShoppingGirls with their search for convenient and reliable online resources that offer suitably spooky wares, we have several posts’ worth of suggestions coming up! Let’s start with:
Sexy Marilyn Monroe Costume is great for a classic Marilyn. Just add Platinum Wig, High Heels, and Best Friends (aka Diamond Jewelry). Or use this 50’s style dress for a variety of other great retro costume looks. orientaltrading.com.
Costumes and accessories sell out early. You can handcraft one (and those are often the best!), but if you have your heart set on achieving a certain look, you don’t want to be caught up short at the last minute. Pre-made costumes are also excellent foundations for expansion with your unique, terrifying Halloween vision! Why go as Marilyn Monroe, when you could go as Marilyn’s Ghost, 8-bit Marilyn, or #MeToo Marilyn?
Catch the lurid light in this multi-functional foundation for all kinds of costume looks. Women’s Black Short Sequin Dress. orientaltrading.com.
One of the best online resources for all things Halloween is
Oriental Trading Mart. They have been around forever, and many ShoppingGirls have been relying on them for years to handle all of their party and craft supplies orders, from birthdays to weddings, Christmas to, well, Halloween. Oriental Trading is particularly known for its comprehensive assortment of supplies for holiday events, crafts, decorations, and costumes, with Halloween being no exception. Their prices are excellent, often extremely so, and they offer good customer service.
Oriental Trading carries full costumes and all of the accessories you might need, in sizes for everyone from newborn infants to plus-sized gents and ladies, and pets aren’t forgotten either.
Wherever she shops, a ShoppingGirl is clever with her money. She knows that she can select a costume and props which can be recycled into something else. For example, a ShoppingGirl mom knows that the adorable costume her kid wears for Trick-or-Treat goes straight into the Dress-Up Chest the next morning, offering fun play opportunities throughout the year. Or she might choose to pass it on to her ShoppingGirl friend who has a child who’ll be just the right size to use the costume next Halloween. ShoppingGirls don’t have to feel like they are wasting money when they can think in terms of reusability.
Elvis left the building-or this mortal coil-but he’s back, as Baby Elvis Presley. At this age his crooning might not be so soothing, but just give him time. orientaltrading.com.
Social Media worthy Baby Lil’ Frog Prince Costume includes a separate, croaking (via sound chip) lily pad play mat. The froggy feet have a non-skid finish to help stabilize play-acting tots. Tons of photo and video presence along with great play value after Halloween. And yet another great reason for a sibling (or Mom) to dress up like a Princess. orientaltrading.com.
Costume, or Post-Modernist Hyper-Realism Animated Sculpture? Infant’s Whoopie Cushion Bunting Costume is a bit too symbolically authentic. Which is what makes it Art. orientaltrading.com.
Start them young on Ocean Love in this Whale Bunting Costume. It’s Killer. orientaltrading.com.
The Girl’s Regal Queen Costume is yet another versatile choice with a lot of impact. After Halloween, it becomes dress-up garb for play, and plays, as in Junior Theatre. orientaltrading.com.
Let’s not forget as a resource for stuff we likely don’t technically need, but that charms us. Like this Maguro Sushi Infant Bodysuit Costume. They also have the Ebi flavor, if you like that better. PerpetualKid.com perpetualkid.com.
They Seek Him Here…They Seek Him There….A dashing variety of costume possibilities await with this Baby Boy Classic Peter Pan Captain Hook Costume. Or do a family Peter Pan group theme. orientaltrading.com.
Affordable at less than $10. Sized to fit everyone. Cute. Soft. The Astronaut Helmet can be used for playtime after Halloween. orientaltrading.com.
A great Princessy costume that is still easy for kids to move around in matters when you are going to a Harvest Festival, Pumpkin Patch, Carnival, or Theme Park. This pretty Girl’s Jasmine Costume can be the basis of a wide variety of other costumes, including a Superheroic Princess of her own imagining. orientaltrading.com.
Tricked out, but still safely sensible for wear. Girl’s Deluxe Batgirl Halloween Costume has comic-book flair, with a glossy, ghoulish purple and black color scheme, highlighted with Pop-Art bright yellow to keep her visible during night-time Trick-or-Treat adventures. orientaltrading.com.
Under $10. A timelessly scary, and funny, Boy’s Zombie Convict Costume will please gruesome little corpselettes. orientaltrading.com.
Group costumes are great for families and friends. Try the realistic graphics on this Kids’ Peanut Butter n’ Jelly Costume Set for safe, easy-to-wear Halloween humor for twins or pals. This kind of costume will not get in the way on carnival or theme park rides. Got more than two kids or buddies? Buy several sets, and cover the PB&J graphics with differently delish-or ghoulish-sandwich “fillings”. orientaltrading.com.
Fun Girl’s Victorian Vampiress Costume has Hollywood B Movie vibes galore. The whole family can go as the cast of your fav classic scary film. orientaltrading.com.
If Godzilla makes an appearance, a ninja may be required. Deadlier than the black robed assassins, the Boy’s Deluxe White Ninja Costume is also much more visible at night for safe Trick-or-Treating prowls. orientaltrading.com.
Dress up as everyone’s favorite coastal snack in this Boy’s Fish Taco Costume. Surfer dads need not be bummed, it also comes in Adult sizes. A bottle of Cholula on a string around your neck would be a nice finishing touch. orientaltrading.com.
Highly rated, of course. This Boy’s Inflatable Godzilla Costume includes a battery operated fan to keep the mass massive. Insane replay value. Also comes in grown-up ShoppingGirl sizes. You know you want to. orientaltrading.com.
With elections coming up, this is a timely costume which can also be worn on patriotic holidays. It comes in adult sizes too. orientaltrading.com.
This Girl’s Spiderweb Poncho is a great option for parties, carnivals, or other events where a festive theme vibe is desirable, but a full costume feels like too much. orientaltrading.com.
For some kids, if it ain’t gross, it just ain’t Halloween. Those somewhat disturbing little ones will approve of this Gross Boy’s See More Guts Costume. The medical outfit hangs open to reveal a realistic looking plastic panel of guts. If it were me, I’d insist on backing that panel with a battery operated pack of mini lights, or at least a few glow-sticks. orientaltrading.com.
Plus size men are not forgotten. Men’s Bandido Costume includes the saber. Romantic serenades will require the addition of a mariachi band. orientaltrading.com. Note that plus-sized costumes are also available in regular Adult sizes.
Oriental Trading Mart has included costumes for everyone, including plus sized ShoppingGirls and their fine fat fellows. You can see how incredibly gorgeous this model looks in the Enchanting Princess Costume. orientaltrading.com.
I believe that this knockout Queen of Hearts Costume requires a plus size ShoppingGirl to do it justice. orientaltrading.com. A note: Founder Tom dislikes the use of the term “plus sized”. He feels it should just be “size”, and not categorize people in that way. I agree, but the fashion industry does use the term “plus sized” as a means to help women find apparel that will fit them, so we are stuck with the phrase for the time being.
There is so much that can be said about this Purple Giant Eyeball Headpiece, but I’m not going to be the one to say it….With a cloth covered frame and inflatable head, there will be gatherings that simply scream for this. orientaltrading.com.
I love plus size Nightmare Before Christmas Jack, since Jack himself is such a skinny noodle. Hook up your guy, whether hefty hunk or slim stud, with this popular character costume at orientaltrading.com.
Dress to blend into the background. Stand in the right place. After the crowd has downed a few drinks, you can really mess with people. Mona Lisa Costume. orientaltrading.com.
Looks almost normal in regular light, except for a few rat skeletons thrown into the mix. Glow-In-The-Dark Skeleton Kitty Skater Dress, back view. thinkgeek.com.
Many workplaces expect you to dress up for Halloween. It can be fun, but often it’s a hassle. Commuting to and from the office or trying to get work done in costume isn’t always easy. Solve that problem with this Cut Along The Dotted Line Halloween Necklace. It’s a legit, excellent, costume accessory that won’t get in your way. Zinc and acrylic, 19.5″. perpetualkid.com.
Another cute option for work, especially if you are on the night shift or work in a dark environment. Glow-In-The-Dark Skeleton Kitty Skater Dress brings the spirit of Halloween in a less costumey form. thinkgeek.com.
More Bat Girl Jacket details include authentic Bat logo patch on the shoulder, a glossy purple Bat button on the lapel, and Bat logos on the zipper pulls. thinkgeek.com.
If your costume has to look real, make it real with this Bat Girl Jacket. Awesome details include adjustable waist buckles for Bat Girl cycling comfort, gusseted zippered sleeves to conceal forearm weaponry, and wrist flames confirming your Superheroness. In Vegan Leather. See all of the details at thinkgeek.com.
Close-up of the Bat Girl Jacket’s flame detailed, zippered cuffs. The jacket is fully lined with purple and black fabric featuring logos and phrases such as “I may not be perfect, but I am a Limited Edition”, “Fearless”, and “Actually, I Can”. thinkgeek.com.
Another great low-key and practical costume choice is the Star Fleet Academy Varsity Jacket. Excellent graphics front and back give it a realistic look. I’m pretty sure they’ll still be wearing denim jeans in the future. The look doesn’t need anything else, but you could add some Vulcan ears as an extra touch. thinkgeek.com.
In some parts of the country, you’ll have more than one opportunity to wear this every year. Women’s Pirate Vest will be perfect to wear for cosplay, Ren Fairs, and Talk Like A Pirate Day. Considering the support it provides, you might find yourself wearing it to go running, too. orientaltrading.com.
Perfect easy costume option to take the kids Trick-or-Treating, or to wander aimlessly through the corn maze. Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Jacket is practical and cute. thinkgeek.com.
The pretty Twinkling Star Skirt in normal light shows a charming Constellations design. You can wear it this way without the light set-up affixed. thinkgeek.com.
What ShoppingGirl cannot find multiple uses for the Women’s Gold Mermaid Shell Bra? How about painting yourself green and wearing it under your Star Fleet Academy Varsity Jacket, for starters? orientaltrading.com.
Your costume is The Universe in this Twinkling Star Light-Up Skirt. The clever, washable design has a removable webbing of 250 LED lights that snap into place, then are covered with a liner for comfort. The tiny battery pack fits easily into a waistband pocket. Press the battery pack button to select one of six different light patterns! Great for dancing at the Midnight Hour. thinkgeek.com.
This jacket has a learning curve that seems to approximate mastering Tai Chi. That won’t likely be an issue for gamer girls and guys. Built-in (but removable for washing) sensors and light strips all hook together and respond to specific body movements to generate an astonishing variety of “spells” with corresponding sound and light effects. Plan your environment to enhance the effects. Be sure to have lots of Mana on hand for refreshment. Technomancer 2.0 Digital Wizard Master Hoodie. thinkgeek.com.
Just a few of the “spells” possible with the Technomancer 2.0 Digital Wizard Hoodie and mime-level acting skills. thinkgeek.com.
Sadly, these don’t actually hover. Winged Gladiator Sandals feature a removable wing on the outside of each sandal, at the ankle. Available in celestial Holographic, or bat-like Black, both are well suited for a variety of Halloween costumes requiring a finishing footwear touch that is still practical. After Halloween, these can be worn without the wings. Why you’d want to wear them without the wings I can’t imagine but, hey, the option is there….thinkgeek.com.
Making a costume isn’t necessarily difficult. Certain accessories can be difficult to craft by hand, however, such as footwear. Shoes must be practical enough to use, but regular footwear rarely adds the right thematic touch to a costume. Whether you plan to buy or DIY, your costume might be crying out for the finishing touch offered by these highly rated Women’s Witch Shoes with Buckles. Besides Witches, these shoes will also look great on Otherworldly denizens such as Leprechauns, Gnomes, Elves, Fairies, Bugs, Goths, Steampunk Adventurers, and 16th or 17th Century figures. orientaltrading.com.
Disney-branded Blue Glitter Alice Shoes feature a hard-to-find color effect that coordinates with lots of costumes. 4″ heels, a front platform, and double arch straps. Available in several Adult Women’s sizes. orientaltrading.com.
50’s authentic down to the rhinestone trios in the corners, these Black Modern Cat Eye Smoked Glasses are what you need to complete your Rockabilly or Lucy Ricardo costume. They’ll look hep on Marilyn Monroe too, see above. orientaltrading.com.
If you thought that ShoppingGirl couldn’t find accessories to coordinate with your Winged Gladiator Sandals, you were mistaken. These Winged Goggles will protect you on all kinds of trips. thinkgeek.com.
It’s Deadpool’s Hello Kitty Backpack! Now you can carry your Glock and stuff, just like Deadpool does. Don’t forget drinks for Trick-or-Treating kids; they get thirsty throwing rotten eggs at houses that hand out teensy boxes of raisins. thinkgeek.com.
Poe’s Mystic Raven Solid Hardwood Walking Stick features a sculptural cast metal handle shaped like a raven. It’s a boss costume prop, but not meant for real weight-bearing support, so keep that in mind. designtoscano.com.
It can be difficult to find just the right escort for your Halloween evening plans. How about this guy? He’s as good as gold, and wants to hang with you. Large Gold Poseable Skeleton can also sit across from you at the restaurant, and accompany you to the symphony, where he’ll sit quietly, not mumbling about how he’s missing his guild’s Hallow’s End Instance. orientaltrading.com.
For those who like detail in their costumes, consider this set of two Lolita Cameo Charms. Take your Skeleton, Victorian, or Goth costume up a notch with these cameos worn as earrings, on a black velvet choker tied at your neck, affixed to a ring, or dressing up a hat band. Lolita Cameo Charms. orientaltrading.com.
Stage an epic battle against your Godzilla-attired bud wearing your own inflatable saurian. Inflatable Jurassic World T-Rex Costume is fitted with a battery-operated fan to keep those stumpy arms extended to their maximum potential. orientaltrading.com.
Your basic White Lace Parasol. Use it as it is to protect your ghostly pale self from catching a Moonburn, or DIY to suit your costume. orientaltrading.com.
Punish annoying guests who show up at your Costume party in their regular clothes. Make them wear one of the five plastic costumes contained in this handy, dandy, boxed set of Emergency Spooky Outfits. Available at stupid.com.