By Samantha Marcus Yanks
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Babystyle; Zid Zid; Oeuf; Tutu Couture; Wovenplay; Bonpoint.
Playing dress-up is still our favorite game, and Halloween gives us the perfect excuse to pull out all the stops for our little ones. Whether you’re one to mix and match, or you’re going for a complete head-to-toe look, these costumes are sure to put your kids in the spirit of the evening!
I Ain’t Lion costume by Babystyle ($38). Available at Cadeau Maternity, 254 Elizabeth Street, 212-994-1801.
Giraffe costume by Zid Zid (price on request). Available at Shoofly, 42 Hudson Street, No. 1, 212-406-3270.
Masks ($18) and tails ($28), both by Oeuf. Available at Calypso, 407 Broome Street, 212-941-9700.
FLIGHT OF FANCY
Pixie Princess costume by Tutu Couture ($100). Available at FAO Schwarz, 767 Fifth Avenue, 212-644-9400.
Moth by Wovenplay ($160). Available at Polux Fleuriste, 248 Mott Street, 212-219-9646.
Masked ball costume by Bonpoint ($511–$529). Bonpoint, 810 Madison Avenue, 212-879-0900.
Our favorite party-planning company, Save the Date, has expanded its services to include children’s events. We asked owner and founder Jennifer Gilbert for her expert party tips on how to throw the ultimate children’s Halloween bash.
KEEP PARTIES SHORT AND SWEET, with activities in 20-minute segments. Children get bored easily, so the event needs to flow quickly to keep their attention.
OVERSTAFF. If there are enough helpers, there can be a bit of fun downtime for the adults.
REMEMBER: MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER when it comes to activities or games. It’s okay to keep it simple!
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT with lights, jack-o’-lanterns, and spiderwebs, and involve sensory experiences for older children.
HIRE A FACE PAINTER to enhance the kids’ costumes.
HAVE A PHOTO SPOT—it’s a party must. Create a Halloween photo backdrop and use an instant camera to get pictures fast, and you have a take-home present for both parents and children.
FOR A FINALE, TRY A PARADE to let the kids show off their Halloween costumes.