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Get your kids ready for Halloween with these budget costumes

Published 21 October 2016 by

There are a few tell-tale signs that it's nearing Halloween – the supermarkets are filled with jumbo bags of sweets, themed decorations and – of course – pumpkins taking over the shelves.

If you're planning on joining in on the ghoulish celebrations, you may think you've got plenty of time left to prepare but certain items can sell out fast, particularly kids’ costumes. To make this job a little easier for you, we've put together a selection of kids’ Halloween costumes* from the high street.

High-street picks – under £15

Baby Frankie

Taking your baby boy trick-or-treating for the first time? Dress him up in this super cute Frankenstein sleepsuit and hat from George at Asda. It comes with a built-in waistcoat and hat. You can pick this up for £6 in sizes up to 18 months. 

Little pumpkin

Dress your little one up in this Halloween pumpkin romper from Matalan. It's nothing too scary and comes with a matching orange hat. This costume isn't too pricey at £4.50, and comes in sizes 0-12 months. 

Witch

You can't have Halloween without a witch, and this purple witch costume from Aldi is ideal for your girl. With witch-like detailing on the dress and a matching hat, this costume is a bargain at just £3.99.

A lot of Aldi's Halloween stock has sold out online, but you can find them in store from 6th October.

Iron Man

If your son wants to dress up as a superhero this Halloween, you could try this Iron Man costume from Primark. It comes complete with an Iron Man mask and is only £12.

Elsa costume

Is your little girl obsessed with Frozen? Pick up this Elsa costume from Primark. It's only £12 – complete the look with a long blonde plait and she'll be good to go!

Glow in the dark skeleton

For something fuss-free, you could pick up this glow in the dark skeleton from Asda. Your kid will have so much fun walking around in this and as it glows in the dark, you'll be able to keep an eye of them easily! The costume is only £8.

Stay safe

Before Claudia Winkleman highlighted the safety concerns around shop-bought Halloween costumes, it's probably not something you ever thought about. But Halloween costumes can be cheaply made often with flammable materials like nylon and polyester, and little girls' costumes in particular can contain thin material such as netting.

Following the incident, ministers ordered a nationwide investigation into the fire safety of children's fancy dress. As part of this, the investigation suggested spot checks and tougher safety standards. The results of this investigation have not been made public yet. 

Current rules mean that fancy dress need only pass the EN71 safety test which is designed for toys. Some retailers have agreed to go further than the minimum standards, such as Tesco, Aldi, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's.

You should keep this in mind when shopping for kids costumes this Halloween. Look out for the CE mark to make sure the costume complies with the European Toy Safety Directive. Take extra precautions by ensuring your little ones are well away from any candles on the night.

Don't have that much time? Check out these last minute DIY halloween costumes for kids

*Prices correct at time of writing – 19/10/16

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