Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of costumes before — including dog costumes, costumes for women, and baby costumes — here, we’ve rounded up the best costumes for kids, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated costume for kids
Parents were delighted by this construction-worker costume, which comes with a hard hat and plastic saw and hammer. One parent has a two-year-old who specifically asked to be a construction worker for Halloween. She writes, “I found this costume and it seemed higher quality than others so I went for it. It was a big hit with my son! Now months after Halloween, he’s still wearing it around and it’s holding up pretty well.” Another parent also says her child still wears this post-Halloween, noting, “My almost four-year-old son loves this so much. He’s been taking construction service calls, telling every ‘caller’ he’ll be there in a jiffy.” A third parent was just overall impressed with the quality, writing, “The outfit is durable, well made and has enough accessories to make a little one feel and look like a real construction worker.”
Best-rated (less expensive) costume for kids
This simple pirate costume stole the show for many reviewers because it’s made well and functional for a kid to wear all night. “It held up to a whole day of running around in it before trick-or-treating, and I’m sure she’ll continue to wear it while playing until she gets too tall for it,” writes one mom. Another parent that they “decided all my children were going to go as pirates this year.” They added, “This costume is absolutely adorable. I bought this for my 2-year-old daughter who wears 4T clothes. It fits her very well. And she is in love with this costume.” And one more notes, “There are few things worse than a child crying because their favorite costume ripped. I don’t think that will be the case with this costume.”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of kids’ Halloween costume you might be looking for.
Best Wonder Woman costume for kids
Many kids chose this costume for Halloween but ended up wearing it many more times afterward. One mom says her daughter “wears it once a week,” which also speaks to its durability and comfort. Multiple parents explained that this costume didn’t irritate their kids’ skin, as some cheap costumes can, like one mom who says her daughter is “extremely sensitive to anything even remotely scratchy, even seams.” But with this costume, she writes, “She wore this all day (and night) and never had a complaint.” One parent, however, notes that the skirt “is very short” and advises future customers to “get some red or blue bloomers to cover that tiny booty.”
Best Batman costume for kids
Many superhero costumes come with fake, blow-up muscles for added “toughness,” but lots of reviewers appreciate that this one was padding-free. “This one is much more comfortable for my son. He hates the stiff chest on the other costume. He is a large 3-year-old and the small fits perfectly,” one reviewer explains. In fact, this Batman costume is so comfortable, many more parents say their kids sleep in this and put it on regularly long after Halloween because they’re so attached to it. One mom writes, weeks after Halloween, that her son is “still rocking the Batman suit after school each day,” adding, “It doesn’t have any signs of wear or tear after about 5,000 superhero rolls and jumps. Not even after the epic battle against several of my couch cushions.”
Best Harry Potter costume for kids
“This is a really great set. The robe fit nicely and our son loves the glasses and the wand,” writes one reviewer. And others agree that the robe, glasses, and wand were well-made, with one parent calling it, “perfect for Halloween. It’s not thick, but it was a good buy. Glasses were great, wand great, hooded robe great.” Another parent called the robe “high quality for a costume. The wand and glasses were a lightweight, durable plastic.” Some customers warn that the tie was not included, but they were able to order that separately.
Best police costume for kids
“Holy goodness, this was the best! My daughter was psyched on how awesome she looked in this,” says one parent of this police costume for kids. Another reviewer appreciates how simple the costume is, writing, “The shirt is velcro down the front (behind the buttons), so easy on and off. The pants are elastic waist, so it fit her just fine.” A third mom thinks it actually looks authentic, adding, “He looked so adorable and OFFICIAL! It’s a pretty realistic uniform (for a kid’s costume). My husband is a police officer and he was impressed with the details. Sure, the belt and gun holder are kind of cheap, but the whole outfit together really looks cool.”
Best astronaut costume for kids
“The quality of the suit is what sold me,” writes one parent. And many more customers agree that for a costume, this astronaut suit felt well made. Plus, it’s easy to clean. “My boy spilled everything he could get his hands on all over the costume and one cycle in the washing machine, it looks brand spanking new.” Another says her “3-year-old is crazy about space,” so she bought this for him for Halloween, but he actually wears it regularly: “The details on this suit are really well done. The included NASA hat is something my son often wears on its own. When we watch astronauts getting on the space shuttle on the web, he’s excited that his suit looks like theirs.” And one kid got more compliments than anyone else with this comment. His mom writes, “One NASA engineer went off at how awesome it was. My son thought he was the coolest kid on the block.”
Best doctor costume for kids
Parents think this is one of the better doctor costumes they’ve seen because this one actually looks real. One customer bought this for her granddaughter who “actually likes going to the doctor and is always curious about the processes,” writing, “ Material quality for the price point is far better than I expected. The price point is great, cost effective and made one little girl very happy.” Another “loved how real and well put together the lab coat was.” But she does warn, as many other parents do too, that the hat is way too small for a kid, noting, “I had to literally remove some of the stitching to get it onto my son’s head. But it worked. He was happy.”
Best sports-themed costume
This costume comes in 33 different options for whichever football team your kid supports, and parents report their little sports fans were comfortable all Halloween and even wore it way past Halloween night. One mom bought this for her son and he “has been wearing it pretty much every day since then.” She warns that “ironing the number on the back was a little difficult,” and took some time, “but it was so worth it.” Another parent writes, “I knew that my son would put this on every day once we gave it to him. Boy, was I right.” She adds, “The helmet is the best part and very real looking. The shoulder pads fit nicely in the jersey and the pants look like the real ones the big guys on Sunday wear.”
Best magician costume for kids
“This is SOOO fun,” says one mom who got it for her nearly 3-year-old son, explaining, “He loves to do magic tricks and thought it would make a good Halloween costume for him.” Another mom dressed her son up as a magician with his baby brother as the white rabbit, writing, “It turned out great. Quality was great and he loved the magic wand. He wore this with his own button-down shirt underneath when we were indoors and we were even able to add on a sweater when we were out in the cold.”
Best Elvis costume for kids
“This costume was SO much better than I expected. Especially for the price,” writes one mom who dressed her 2-year-old son in this bedazzled Elvis costume for Halloween. She adds that it feels like great quality, but warns “there is glitter all over the costume, but it’s not the annoying glitter that comes off or leaves it when he sits.” Another mom says her “son was a hit during Halloween.” She bought the wig and glasses separately, but definitely made the costume better. “Some older kids saw him and they liked it so much they even gave some of their candy to him,” she adds.
Best Star Wars costume for kids
“This costume is pretty impressive as far as Halloween getups go. The detailing and padding are quite nice with the design on both the front and back of the costume,” says one mom. She also notes, “The best part is the full helmet that is actually made of durable plastic. Nothing like the cheap masks they sell.” Another customer also agrees that this actually feels higher quality than most other costumes because it’s “made of quality material. It’s thick and opaque, not the flimsy types.” She also adds that it’s great for an active kid, writing, “It didn’t hinder activities of a highly energetic Halloween event including lots of walking, sitting, games, and even a ‘Thriller’ dance.” And one more parent says her son “HAD TO BE Kylo Ren” for Halloween, and he’s still obsessed with it. “Every day after school he is right back in it. As a matter of fact, when he is acting up, he can deal with no electronics, no playing outside, etc., but once I say no Kylo Ren costume: NOOOOOOO!”
Best ninja costume for kids
The details on this ninja costume were a selling point for both parents and kids. “We appreciate the various little flourishes, like the straps on the arms and legs, which add a bit of extra flair to the costume but are something that they could have easily gotten away with leaving off,” one parent writes. She also likes that the costume is lightweight enough to wear indoors, but can easily be layered for trick-or-treating at night. And as one more reviewer puts it, “For the price it’s a great costume, whether you’re just planning on wearing it once or for months on months.”
Best Renaissance-queen costume for kids
Parents were impressed with this medieval queen costume, especially because it required no additional purchases or accessories. One mom says her “daughter is in love,” explaining, “This costume is worth every penny I paid, and the only additional item I need to purchase is flat black shoes for her.” Another calls it “a gorgeous medieval costume for girls” and says it’s “honestly prettier than Disney’s.” She does warn that the “crown jewels fell out immediately” but she hot glued them back on and they stayed the rest of the night.
Best Tinkerbell costume for kids
Kids love this Tinkerbell-esque costume, and parents appreciate how easy it is to put on their kids. “I was worried about the quality since it’s so affordable and it looks like we spent twice what we paid,” writes one reviewer who adds that the elastic on the tutu allows kids to reuse this costume even after they grow. A few people didn’t realize the costume only came with the accessories. One reviewer explains, “You have to get a onesie and possibly tights, but that is no problem.” Overall, she writes, “The wings, headband, and wand make the costume complete and look sturdy enough to survive some playtime.”
Best princess costume for kids
Parents whose kids wanted to dress up like Cinderella bought this costume for them. One mom says this dress blew her away because, “Most princess dresses out there do not quite resemble the authenticity of the princess movies. And this dress is spot on.” Another appreciates that “the tulle in the skirt is so full like a real princess dress.” But she says the best part is that her daughter “can put it on by herself, without help” because this has a stretchy bodice, making it easy to slip over her head instead of zipping up in the back. One more mom calls this “the most well-made princess dress” and loves that there’s no glitter on the dress like most princess gowns have “because that stuff spreads like a virus.”
Best witch costume for kids
Nearly one quarter of all five star reviewers call this witch costume “adorable,” like one mom who writes, “These were absolutely adorable and since Halloween, we have put them in their ‘dress-up’ bin and they use them daily.” One calls it “kinda spooky, but cute at the same time,” and another says her daughter “got lots of compliments on having such a ‘pretty witch’ costume.” Another mom warns that the “fabric is a little itchy on direct skin” and recommends layering underneath. She, like most other moms, says the costume is “warmer than most” but not warm enough for cold October weather, so the layers underneath will come in handy.