What’s the best costume for the kids?
Halloween has become a time to think about all the fun and games that kids have in the backyard, says Kathy Cramer, author of the new book, Halloween in Your House.
But, she says, it’s best to keep things simple.
“Make sure you’re making a costume that’s not too complicated or complicated,” says Cramer.
Here are the 10 tips you can take away from this Halloween.
The main difference between Halloween costumes and traditional Halloween costumes is the color.
“Color is very important, because kids have an emotional response to it,” Cramer says.
The trickiest part about making a Halloween costume is finding the right colors, she adds.
“You need to be careful with the colors, but you need to also be careful not to make them too bright.”
Cramer also advises keeping the costumes warm during the daytime.
That way, kids will feel safe to wear the costume, and they won’t have to worry about the cold in the winter.
“That way, the kids will still feel safe and they’ll have fun.
I like to think of it as a sort of Christmas present,” she says.
Cramer recommends having a friend make the costume for you.
She also recommends using the same materials that are used to make traditional costumes, such as a light-colored fabric or a black fabric.
“Just make sure you have the right kind of fabrics,” she explains.
For an additional cost, Cramer suggests buying a pair of Halloween-inspired gloves or a hoodie.
“The kid doesn’t have a whole lot of choice,” she adds, adding that it’s also important to remember that kids can’t wear the costumes in their own homes.
“So if you don’t have one in your house, it really helps to have a friend bring them,” she suggests.
For the children of color, Cohn says that the best Halloween costume ideas are ones that don’t necessarily involve blackface or Halloween masks.
“I think the best way to do that is to have the children dress up in a costume they’re comfortable in,” she cautions.
“They don’t need to dress up as someone who’s not their real self, or to be a caricature of somebody they’re not.
They can be their own person.”
If the kids are dressing up as their own people, Cahn says the best costumes are ones where the child can’t be seen as a white person.
“When they’re dressing up in costume, it makes it very clear that they’re playing with themself and their identity,” she advises.
“It makes it more welcoming, and it also makes it less scary.”
For children ages 6 to 10, Cannon recommends giving them an option to dress in their real clothes, such that they don’t feel like they’re being judged.
Cannon says that this is particularly important for children who have been bullied.
“In terms of kids, they’re the most vulnerable,” she notes.
“There’s no way you can really be the only one dressed up as your friends.”