Halloween costumes: Ideas, safety tips {& #win a costume!}

Halloween costumes: Ideas, safety tips {& #win a costume!}

My first halloween costume was all the way back in 1988. My school in California held an annual halloween parade and all of the children went dressed in fancy dress. The headteacher was Big Bird! I don’t think I’d heard of halloween as an ‘event’ until we lived in the US for a couple of years. Now, of course, halloween is a pretty standard and fun event on the event calendar, particularly if you have children.

Halloween can though be fraught with danger and it’s important to think about the safety of your children when picking their costumes and planning their activities . We’ve been working with Smiffys to help promote a fun but safe halloween and have lined up a nice giveaway for one of you to enjoy your own halloween costume or accessories – see below the infographic for the rafflecopter widget to enter.

Think safety first!

Founded in 1894 as a wigmaker for the NHS and courts, Smiffys diversified and moved into fancy dress in the 1980s. Over the last 35 years, this family business has grown into the UK’s leading fancy dress supplier. They take costume safety very seriously and advise checking the following when selecting your halloween costumes:

  • Packaging should contain the appropriate warnings, safety symbols and instructions
  • Costumes should be labelled with the CE mark and fire warnings
  • Check the CE marking hasn’t been faked. Check the correct logo has been used, particularly the middle line of the E as it should be shorter
  • The label or packaging should contain the manufacturer’s details. This includes name, address, postcode or phone number and a registered trademark

Halloween ideas:


When Pip was a toddler we went very simple – a pumpkin and then a spider, which I made from black children’s tights stuffed with loo rolls and jointed by putting black hair bands between the loo rolls, and then pinning to the underarms of a black tshirt. Surprisingly effective. I also really like the idea of a skeleton.

As she’s got older, she’s been more into choosing based on her favourite books or characters. Last year she was some kind of cat and also wore a Frozen outfit I made her to a party, but my all time favourite was her Thing Two outfit which we created out of some red pyjamas turned inside out and a blue wig. It is tempting to recreate this one with Little Baby as Thing One but Pip isn’t keen on blue hair again!

This year, she has even more set ideas and wants to be a witch (based on Room from the Broom but with a dash of Shezow and something else) and has also asked if I will dress up too if we do any trick or treating. We spent a long time poring over the Smiffys site choosing wigs and hats and capes on the basis that we enjoy doing a little of the creativity ourselves too. If on the other hand you prefer a fully fledged outfit, Smiffys have one to suit almost every possible taste and budget – and they are very kindly giving away one costume or parts to create a costume up to the value of £30 from the website. See the widget below to enter! I’ll be sharing the costumes we created nearer to Halloween!

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are your halloween costume plans?

Graphic produced by Smiffys – thank you to Smiffys for our halloween accessories.

Terms & Conditions: 1. To enter the Smiffys halloween costume giveaway you must share the giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter and leave a valid link here as your entry. There are additional options for more entries. 2. The prize is a halloween costume or accessories up to the value of £30 in your choice of style and size – subject to availability – and will be sent out directly by the agency. No cash or alternative prizes will be given 3. The prize draw will start on 14.10.16 and end at 11.59pm on 21.10.16 4. The winner will be picked from all valid entries 5. The winner will be notified directly via email. The winner must reply within two days of receiving the email or a new winner will be picked at random. 6. I reserve the right to change the entry dates at any time, for any reason.



  1. Anne October 14, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    I think E would choose the bat- one week into nursery and we’ve been asked to do our first dressing up event already!

  2. Lisa Rowsell October 15, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    I’d love the Day of the Dead Sacred Mary Costume.

  3. Tracy Nixon October 15, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    I would love to win the Little Pumpkin Costume please!

  4. emma walters October 15, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    would love the alien costume for my son x

  5. Laura Nice October 15, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Little Pumpkin Costume is fab! 🙂

  6. Lynn Doe October 16, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    I would love a Zombie costume, big fan of zombie TV shows and movies 🙂

  7. elaine norrie October 16, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    The Alien costume its out of this world lol

  8. cheryl hadfield October 16, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    the Zombie costume

  9. Alice October 17, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    E and I always dress up as matching cats! Hux wants to be a Power Ranger this year 🙂

  10. Molly October 18, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Such a great competition! My 6 year old has dressed up in the same witch costume for the past 2 years and says she wants to carry on the tradition. And apparently her little sister gets to be the witch’s cat!

  11. Kathryn October 18, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    I like the Cinder witch costume – really cute! x

  12. Lottie :: Oyster and Pearl October 18, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    That spider costume is amazing! And I love that you went to school in the US. How brilliant x

  13. Jo Hutchinson October 19, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    The Leopard Cutie Costume looks great

  14. Polly October 19, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    great competition! We’ve a huge trunk full of dressing up clothes….though all dresses so may have to do some outfit shopping for Beastie {unless he wants to wear the dresses that is!}

  15. Tracy Hanley October 19, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Love the Skelly Rabbit Costume

  16. Melissa Lee October 20, 2016 / 9:08 am

    I love the cinder witch costume

  17. natalie crossan October 20, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    The skelly rabbit costume xx

  18. Laura October 22, 2016 / 12:01 am

    These are some really fantastic Halloween tips!

    Laura x

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