Halloween is a colossal deal around here. This year I declined costume making for others, thinking I’d have time to sew for the family. Time has a way of getting away from us! Mom was saved by Party City and their fantastic line of costumes.
I should make you aware that my kiddos take after me when it comes to Halloween. They do not want to be the same thing twice! That includes at parties during the month of October.
Our tradition has always been that the kiddos “match.” This year, since Mom wasn’t in charge, that “rule” didn’t apply.
We compared costumes with a generic brand and the Party City brand.
The Beauty Queen went first with her “Bee” Costume comparison:
This exclusive Party City Bee Costume was the favorite. It includes fuzzy leg warmers, accented with the white flower. The costume which is soft, has a ruffled tutu type skirt, arm covers, detachable wings and antenna.
Even The Divine Miss M had to get in on this action:
The generic bee costume was cute:
This one, The Beauty Queen, complained it “itched.” It didn’t have as many accessories, which the girls thought took away from the costume. The top part was also not my ideal choice. It was a little too “grown up” for me.
And of course, The Divine Miss M had to see herself in it:
She, too, thought this costume was far too “scratchy” to wear too long.
The girls loved the exclusive Party City costume with the added accessories, comfort and they thought the costume was more “cute” with the colors on the skirt rather than all black.
The Divine Miss M planned to be a Bee also, but her sizing is smaller than The Divine Miss M. We requested a Girl’s size 7-8. Unfortunately, we were sent the exclusive Party City costume in size 4-6, which was too small for The Divine Miss M.
She loved the style of the Party City one because it matched The Beauty Queens. The headband was far superior to the generic costume.
The generic costume had a lot we liked as well. The wings were fun. Rather than nylon stretched over the shape, this costume’s wings looked more like strings woven between the shaped wire. It also came with capri pants that The Divine Miss M loved due to their floral embellishment, that carried through with a matching headband for the antenna. The antenna was not a hit. It is sparkly pipe cleaners and was not impressive.
Li’l Man chose the be part of the police force with a policeman costume.
His favorite was the Party City exclusive. The shirt had a lot of detail including a real patch!
He also really loved the shiny badge on the hat!
Naturally, this was his prime choice for the Halloween party he was invited to with his classmates. We dropped him off at 1:30 pm and at 2:50 pm we received a phone call to come pick him up because his costume ripped. When I arrived to pick him up the pants on this costume had ripped out on both leg seams, exposing his bare legs.
Which left us the generic police officer costume for the school’s carnival.
I preferred the look of this costume. The pants were more “uniform” material and had a yellow stripe down each leg. There are a velcro-on tie and gold buttons on the pockets. The patches are not real, however, which was a big thing to Li’l Man.
The only issue we had with this costume at the Carnival was the belt has no “stick” to secure it. It kept sliding out until finally, we removed the belt.
In all three instances, the Party City Costumes offered quality, except Li’l Man’s policeman pants. The costumes are durable and come with accessories that make the outfit awesome. The accessories give it a finished look and make it stand out from other costumes.
While Halloween is behind us, I know many of you dress your children in costumes for the holidays. We do! Invite a Pilgrim or Indian to your Thanksgiving feast and share the story of how the tradition of thanks came to be with Thanksgiving costumes. It’s a one-stop resource for party decorations, paper goods and more to make any moment a celebration.
Party City is a great resource and offers costumes that will last beyond one night and be a favorite in the costume bin throughout the year and spark imagination!
When Halloween is over, consider these as play costumes or participate in National Costume Swap Day!
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