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5 Costume Ideas for School Parades

School costume parades are sure to create fond memories for both proud parents and their kids who participate.  As a parent, you want your child to garner the attention of the audience and perhaps borrow the spotlight away from their classmates. So here’s a list of some top-notch costume ideas for school parades and what makes them so especially appropriate:

1. Fuzzy Animals – A small child dressed as a giant fuzzy animal is an undeniably cute sight.  If the child is young enough that they can wear it without feeling embarrassed in front of their friends, then dressing as a furry or fuzzy animal is guaranteed bring your kid a lot of positive attention.

2. Recent Popular Movie Characters – When a movie is fresh on everyone’s mind, it’s pretty easy to pull off a good costume with a movie character that everyone has been raving about. Think comic book movies like Iron Man and The Dark Knight or TV shows that have made it to the big screen like High School Musical.  If for some reason that doesn’t work, base the character off a recent animated Pixar or Dreamworks film and people will surely pay attention.

3. Classic Popular Movie Characters – For a costume that the parents may appreciate even more than the kids themselves, bring back a figure from a few decades ago.  The Star Wars, Grease, and A Nightmare on Elm Street films along with Zorro and legendary Disney characters all fit the bill here

4. Cultural Costumes – Promoting cultural diversity is always a positive lesson to teach children.  Dressing in a foreign disguise can serve two purposes in this situation.  Kids can learn about other cultures and nationalities while having fun in costume.  There’s no need to stick to your actual family heritage, but that works too.  Japanese Geisha Girl, Roman Gladiator, or Native American Indian are a few suggestions for outfits that will simultaneously instruct and impress.

5. Deluxe/3D Costumes – Finally, one of the best types of costumes for parades are those that don’t simply cover the child’s body.  Instead, they are costumes that have additions that stick out from the body making them look three dimensional.  For example, your child can dress up like a train, and have an engine that sticks out from their chest.  Many of these are humorous and unique – check out the Wheaties Box, Whoopie Cushion, Pea Pod, and Unicorn for a few ideas that will “stand out” from the pack.

Costume parades are enjoyed by parents and kids alike.  Discuss with your youngster what costume you’d like them to wear, what outfit they’d choose, and find a happy medium that everyone can be proud of.  Then, when it comes time for the big show, both adults and children will have their heads held high and cameras will click away, preserving cherished moments in time.

5 Festive Children’s Purim Costumes

Purim, one of the most festive holidays for the Jewish people, is observed annually on the 14th of Adar in the Hebrew calendar and this year takes place from sunset on March 9th through nightfall on March 10th.  Purim commemorates a time 2500 years ago when Mordechai and Esther the Queen of Persia, saved their Jewish brethren from being killed.

According to the history of the holiday, Haman, the King of Persia’s Prime Minister, became enraged when Mordechai refused to yield to his demands, so he devised a plot to eliminate the Jews. Mordechai learned of his plot and reached out to Esther, an orphan he raised, who was married to the King.  As a sign of love and devotion to his Queen, the King put an end to Haman’s unconscionable plot by killing Haman and his sons.

On the Feast of Purim, Jewish people come together to remember and pay homage to Mordechai and Esther. Reading from “Book of Esther” is an important part of the celebration. An excerpt from Book of Esther instructs the Jews to “make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.” For this reason, the Purim holiday is a time for feasting on traditional meals; popular among these dishes are the Hamantaschen cookies. The holiday is also a time when gifts are exchanged as an expression of one’s kindheartedness and charitable interest in others. Popular celebrations include carnivals, pageants and festive Purim parties where both adults and children dress in costumes.

Here are 5 costume ideas that children can wear during Purim festivities:

1. Velvet Angel Costume
2. Cookie Monster Costume
3. Princess Presto Costume
4. Baby Puppy Costume
5. Toddler Dragon Costume

Make this year’s Purim party memorable by choosing festive costumes for your children to wear. But you have to choose quickly, as Purim is only a few weeks away!

15 Rojo Caliente Fiesta Party Costumes

Fiesta parties are common events in many Latino communities nationwide. However, many Americans from other backgrounds are also adopting Spanish and Mexican traditions. Apart from downing a few burritos and margaritas, these borrowed activities also include fiesta parties such as Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead, among others.

As one of the most common fiesta parties also celebrated in the US, Cinco de Mayo falls on the 5th of May and is growing in popularity. Not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is the commemoration of Mexico’s victory led by Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over the French forces headed by Napoleon III during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This occasion is celebrated with fairs and fiesta parties that include different activities such as singing, dancing, costumes, sporting events, fireworks, and several other forms of entertainment. Some of the most popular highlights during this celebration are Mariachi bands playing while people dance native Mexican dances such as the Mexican Hat dance, the Raspa and the Samba.

When attending celebrations for Cinco de Mayo, the post-Halloween holiday Day of the Dead, or any other fiesta event, you’ve got to wear a costume and join in the merry-making theme.  Here are some costume ideas for fiesta parties below:

These are some of the complete costumes that you might want to wear during a fiesta party:

1. Mexican Serape costume
2. Mexican Lupita
3. Spanish Señorita
4. Zoot Suit
5. Mexican Mariachi
6. El Bandito (Zorro)
7. Latin Dancer
8. Matador
9. Samba Girl Costume
10. Spanish Dancer
11. Carmen Miranda Costume

If you would rather wear something funny here are a few ideas:
12. Taco costume
13. Beer Keg costume

Here are some fiesta costume ideas for the kids:
14. Tutti Frutti costume
15. Chili Pepper costume

If you do not want to wear a complete Mexican or Spanish costume but still want to be into the celebrations, here are ten accessories that can help you get into a fiesta mood:

1. Poncho
2. Sombrero
3. Flamenco Pom-Pom Hat
4. Fiesta Bandana
5. Fiesta Comb
6. Spanish Hat
7. Bull Fighter Hat
8. Colorful Beads
9. Leis
10. Fiesta Layered Skirt

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Dead, and other fiesta-themed parties in costume. Whatever the weather might be, you will be guaranteed a hot time!

Not Just for Adults: Valentine’s Day with the Kids

Seeing parents and their children in matching or corresponding costumes is always adorable. Moms and dads, especially parents of newborns, are understandably excited when they can start to dress up their young ones for Valentine’s Day parties and other costume events throughout the year.  As we all know, costumes are a great way to show the love you have for your children and will ensure that you spend time together as a family on the upcoming holiday.

Here are some costume ideas to help moms, dads and the little ones dress up in unison this Valentine’s Day:

1. Cat & Kitten
2. Dog & Puppy
3. Butterfly & Caterpillar
4. Flower & Bee
5. Kangaroo & a Joey
6. Dorothy & Cowardy Lion, Scarecrow, or the Tin Man
7. Wilma or Fred Flintstone & Pebbles
8. Betty or Barney Rubble & Bamm-Bamm
9. Dr. Evil & Mini-Me
10. Batman & Robin
11. Winnie the Pooh & Piglet or Tigger
12. Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia & Yoda
13. Elastigirl & Jack-Jack or Violet from The Incredibles
14. Morticia & Wednesday Addams
15. Norma Jean & Mumble from Happy Feet
16. Shaggy & Scooby-Doo or Scrappy-Doo

24 of Our Favorite Couples Costumes

If you’re eyeing that cutest couples costume prize at an upcoming Valentine’s Day party, then you have to come up with a look that’s sexy, unique, romantic, and unforgettable.  Your costumes should make those who see it want to smile, laugh, or blush and inspire your friends to hug, kiss, pinch, or squeeze tightly.

A great couples costume can be humorous, zany, instantly recognizable, sexy or just flat-out wild.  Here are some of our favorite couples costume pairs:

Cartoon Characters
1. Fred & Wilma Flintstone
2. Barney & Betty Rubble
3. Popeye & Olive Oyl
4. Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse
5. Homer & Marge Simpson
6. Peter & Lois Griffin from Family Guy
7. Spongebob Squarepants & Patrick Star
8. Garfield & Odie
9. Peter Pan & Wendy Darling
10. Shrek & Princess Fiona

Superhero Suggestions
11. Spider-Man & Mary Jane Watson
12. Superman & Lois Lane

Memorable Movie Matches
13. Han Solo & Princess Leia
14. Rhett Butler & Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind
15. Aragorn & Arwen of The Lord of the Rings
16. Danny Zuko & Sandy Olsson from Grease
17. Austin Powers & Dr. Evil

Classic Couples
18. Adam & Eve
19. Cleopatra and Mark Antony

Funny Pairs
20. Plug & Socket
21. Ketchup & Mustard Bottles
22. Mr. & Mrs. Referee
23. Head Chef & Oven
24. Toga Toga Couple

Whatever couple you choose to dress as, don’t stop with just the bare necessities.  A memorable costume goes the extra mile with the corresponding wig, hat or accessories.  Valentine’s Day only comes once each year; give your fellow partygoers something to remember with an amazing couples disguise that displays both heartfelt affection and your love of costuming!

Best Costumes for College Parties

The best costumes for college parties depend on what the theme of the party or occasion may be. Costume parties hosted by many colleges, fraternities, sororities, or dorm mates can be quite fun and exciting. However, if you’re a wet-behind-the-ears freshman, the task of finding the best costume for a party can end up to be pretty challenging.  It can also get a little stressful if you’re trying to impress a cute classmate or the party is to recruit you into an all-important fraternity or sorority.

To help make it as easy as possible to find your perfect disguise, here are some suggestions on the best costumes for college parties:

1. Tennis Uniform – Wear this for the Tennis Pros and Ho’s theme party; a girl’s tennis outfit tends to look a bit naughty but you have the option not make it overly racy.

2. Corporate Suits and Dresses – Ideal for a CEOs and Corporate Ho’s theme party

3. Rapper Costume – Great for Hip-hop theme parties

4. Period Clothes – for ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, or ‘80s theme parties.  Think Grease/Rebel Without a Cause, Woodstock Hippies, Funky Pimp/Studio 54 Dancer, and Surfer Dude/Valley Girl respectively

5. Medieval Costumes – Kings, queens, princes, princesses, knights, dragons, kilts are what you’ll need for a Renaissance theme parties

6-9. Christmas Elf, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Christmas Tree – You don’t have to go to the North Pole for excellent end of the year Christmas party looks.

10. Leprechaun – This costume will bring you the luck of the Irish for a St. Patrick’s Day party.

11+ Indiana Jones, Jack Sparrow, Frodo, Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, Superman/Clark Kent, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Spider-Man, Batman, Bruce Lee, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Wonder Woman, Hermione Granger, Storm, Jean Gray, Rogue, and Arwen among several others – Choose your favorite TV or Movie characters for incredible Halloween or birthday theme parties.

Use some ingenuity and style when choosing your wardrobe, you’ll soon find the perfect college party costume is yours!