Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Costumes for Children at School

What costume should your child wear to school for Halloween?

With Halloween just under three weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about how to find a costume that not only your children will like, but also one that’s school approved.

It’s no doubt that teachers and childcare centers will have their own special celebration, but it’s important to know the rules when it comes to costumes. Here’s some tips for parents on preparing for your child’s Halloween experience:
  • If your child’s school or childcare facility does not allow Halloween costumes, please abide by this key rule. Make your child’s Halloween experience enjoyable by taking them trick-or-treating.
  • Read all handouts or messaging from teachers regarding Halloween costumes
  • Refrain from costumes that involve:Weapons (even fake plastic ones), masks, capes, uncomfortable shoes, small accessories or valuable items
  • Choose a costume that will keep your child warm/cool enough for your climate
  • Pack a change of clothes
  • Ensure going to the bathroom will still be easy for your child to do
  • If your child does not want to dress up, do not make them
  • Keep costumes appropriate and not revealing
Here’s some ideas for toddler and newborn Halloween costumes. Most of all, avoid these costumes, dubbed “The 5 Worst Halloween Costumes for Kids.”

For teachers, be sure to tell parents the rules for Halloween in your classroom well in advance. If you’re dressing up, refrain from anything that could be deemed inappropriate or scary. If you’re holding a costume contest, don’t be a judge yourself, as you don’t want to be seen as choosing “favorites” as winners. Most importantly, be sure to capture the day’s fun-filled activities by sending parents updates, photos and videos throughout the day.

Does your school allow Halloween costumes, if so, what are you or your child dressing up as? Tell us by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.


  1. Popular Halloween Costumes 2012 for me is the Angry Birds. Kids really like these birds because of their different colors.

  2. Thank you for sharing these tips! Wearing costumes on occasions such as Halloween or Christmas may depend on the school administration.