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Best Overall: Rubie's Harry Potter Gryffindor Child's Costume Robe
If your child hasn’t expressed many opinions about what they want to dress up as this year, you can’t go wrong with this classic costume from the beloved book series Harry Potter. The affordable costume is an officially licensed product, so it’s one of the most authentic wizard costumes you can get. And this topper is perfect for dressing up at school. Simply dress your child in slacks and a button-up shirt and pack this unisex robe in their backpack. The long-sleeve ankle-length black fleece robe has all the features of an authentic Gryffindor robe—a burgundy lining, an embroidered Gryffindor House crest, and an attached hood. Just add a wand, a pair of glasses, and a lightning bolt-shaped scar on their head to represent Harry Potter himself.
Best TV Character: Rubie's Paw Patrol Marshall Child Costume
Looking for a Halloween costume that will make your child jump up and down with glee? This officially licensed costume—straight out of the ever-popular children’s show Paw Patrol—will delight just about any toddler (though it does come in a wide range of sizes, from 6 months through age 10). The costume comes with a Dalmation-printed jumpsuit complete with an attached red top, a printed fire hat headpiece with attached ears, and a red pup backpack, so you’ll have everything you need to transform your eager trick-or-treater into one of their favorite characters. And because of that, we’re willing to bet your child will slip right into this costume—no bribing required!
Best Movie Character: Rubie's Star Wars Super Deluxe Stormtrooper Costume
Star Wars fans will love dressing up as a member of the main ground force of the Galactic Empire this Halloween. The authentic costume is officially licensed for the most realistic look. Plus, it fits children as small as 39 inches tall and as large as 60 inches tall and 100 pounds, covering a wide range of ages. The costume also comes with just about everything you need to complete the look, including the deluxe jumpsuit with foam armor detail, a two-piece helmet, a cape, and a belt.
Best Toy Character: Disguise Kai Deluxe Ninjago Lego Costume
The Lego Ninjago Movie is a few years old, but it’s a perennial favorite in most households with kids. And this costume, available in sizes for kids ages four through 12, transforms your child into one of the movie’s main characters. The officially licensed disguise comes with everything you need, so you’ll only have to shop once. And because it covers the whole body—it comes with a constructed top, constructed pants, a half mask, and signature Lego hands—it’s the perfect costume for kids who will be trick-or-treating or marching in Halloween parades in states with colder climates in October. Don’t worry if your child prefers one of the movie’s other characters—you can get a host of other disguises from the movie, including Jay, Lloyd, Zane, and Nya.
Best Princess: ReliBeauty Elsa Costume
If you have a child under the age of 12 who wants nothing more than to be a princess for Halloween, this costume from the animated Disney film, Frozen, is your best bet. This cotton and satin dress will truly make your child feel like the belle of the next Halloween themed bash. The dress has a beautiful and authentic-looking blue and white sequin top, pleating at the waist, a paillette insert cloak, a rounded neckline, and scoop back. The long sleeves are perfect for colder climates (Elsa is the ice queen, after all), but the material won’t be too suffocating if you live in a warmer region.
Best Superhero: Rubie's Super DC Heroes Wonder Woman Costume
Searching for the perfect superhero costume? Wonder Woman has been soaring in popularity ever since the release of the 2017 movie by the same name, and thousands of online reviewers agree that this is a great Halloween costume. Why? The officially licensed DC Comics set has everything your child needs—a sleeveless tank-style dress with an attached cape and belt, wrist gauntlets, a tiara headpiece, and red and white pull-on boot covers—to become everyone's favorite Amazonian warrior princess. It’s a great choice for a Halloween disguise no matter your child’s age since the costume comes in a wide range of sizes.
Best Professional: Melissa & Doug Doctor Role-Play Costume Set
If your little one simply can’t wait to grow up and launch a career of their own, they’ll love this Melissa & Doug doctor costume. It’s simple (read: easy to get on and off), but does just the trick to make your kid feel like a real, live doctor. Your child will love that the costume set comes with a doctor’s jacket, as well as tons of accessories—a mask, stethoscope, reflex hammer, ear scope, syringe, and more. Also, parents will love that this costume can be used for hours of pretend play at home once Halloween is over.
Best Scary: Morphsuits Eyeless Jack Kids Costume
If your children are approaching their tween years, chances are they may start to ask for costumes that are a little less cute and a lot more frightening. So what’s a parent to do? This creepy costume has that scare factor your child is looking for, but it’s not violent or too gruesome. The costume couldn’t be easier to get on and off, too—it’s a one-piece jumpsuit that stretches on like leggings. Despite the design, the hood is transparent, so your child can see through, breathe through, and even drink through the costume. It also has quick-release Velcro—just in case you need to get it off in a hurry.