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.”