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.


 
 
 

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