Are you dreading shopping for a Halloween costume for a tween girl this year? From the skimpy outfits to the over sexualized costumes heavily marketed towards young girls found in department and costume stores everywhere, it can be very difficult and frustrating trying to find a costume that both you and your tween can agree on that is neither too revealing nor too babyish. To help you out, I put together a collection of Halloween costumes tween girls and parents can both be happy with.
Tween girls are fiercely independent, sweet, kind and helpful, but they can also be stubborn, petulant, condescending and over-dramatic which can make the whole shopping experience with them that more challenging and exhausting.
I have included some tips based on my own personal experiences with my pre-teen daughter on how to help guide your own girls through the process of choosing a costume that is suitable for class parties, trick-or-treating or even a first boy-girl dance (yikes!) that both she and you are comfortable with, hopefully surviving without too much drama and your sanity still intact!
Below the tips, you will find a selection of tween Halloween costumes new for 2015, as well as a few bestselling costumes that are popular with 8 to 12 year old girls year after year.
Tips For Choosing The Perfect Halloween Costume For A Tween Girl That She (And Mom & Dad) Will Love!
Shopping for a Halloween costume that your tween girl and you can agree on can be a tricky situation to navigate. I thought I would share a few tips that I have used the past few years with my own tween daughter.
- Preteen girls change their minds a lot! Start looking early to give her plenty of opportunities to decide on what she would like to be for Halloween. Group or theme costumes are popular with tweens and teens, but do require a little advance planning and coordination.
- Start a Pinterest board for her to pin her favorite costumes to. You can go through her pins together, using this as an opportunity to discuss hands-on what is appropriate and what is not. She will be less likely to protest your veto of a few of her choices if she has lots more options picked out to choose from. This is also a great way for her to keep track of all her ideas and for sharing them with her friends.
- Discuss ahead of time what kind of footwear she is approved to wear. Most of the commercial adverts portray their costume models wearing insensible and age inappropriate footwear such as high heeled pumps and knee high leather boots. This is a big one, trust me! It will seem like the end of the world to her when she can’t borrow your favorite pair of black heels to go trick-or-treating outside in six inches of slush or being told no to wearing them to school. I found a compromise with my daughter that she is happy with! There are lots of cute dressy boots for kids that go great with just about any costume, even the dresses, that can be worn both indoors and outdoors (assuming she is not trudging through a foot of snow).
- When dealing with tweens, it’s all about compromise and picking and choosing your battles wisely. I find my daughter is mainly attracted to the glitz, glamor and frilly accessories rather than the costumes themselves. Your preteen may be less likely to protest your “rules” if you allow her the freedom to add her own flair and personality to the costume. Consider allowing her to experiment with temporary hair colors, face paints and makeup, nail polish and fun accessories. You never know, she may just decide to be something sweet and simple like a friendly witch or vampire after all!
- When my daughter was younger, it was easy to use the rainy and sometimes snowy weather to my advantage to avoid the skimpy costumes, but as she gets older, I have begun discussing the importance of choosing a costume that portrays a positive body image and explaining why the sexy school girl and sassy sailor costumes are not so cool for young girls.
- Discuss your rules of what is acceptable and what’s not BEFORE you hit the stores or start browsing online. And put your rules in writing if you have to! Tweens are notorious for twisting and turning your words around and they will argue with you until the cows come home.
Browse Our Collection Of Kid And Parent Approved Halloween Costumes Tween Girls Will Love To Wear
These costume ideas are all handpicked by my tween daughter and approved by me. Some may need a few modifications to make them more tween-friendly or maybe I should say parent-friendly.
Princess Costumes For Girls Who Love The Glitz And Glamour Of Dressing As A Girly Girl
Every little girl dreams of being a princess and this Cinderella tutu costume is the stuff dreams are made of! You can have one of these gorgeous dresses hand made for your special girl and they ship worldwide too. It is the perfect dress for a costume party, special occasion, wedding or a photo shoot. A single seamstress makes each dress herself, made to order to your custom specifications with special attention paid to quality and detail.
Do your tweens suffer from Frozen Fever? It is running rampant in our house! Anna and Elsa costumes will be another popular costume choice of young girls this year. Each of these costumes include a dress and cape. Who is your daughter’s favorite character? Anna or Elsa?
Cinderella costumes are going to be very popular with tween girls this year with the recent release of the new Cinderella movie. You can make your daughter’s dreams come true with a gorgeous, shimmery gown costume dress. Your daughter will be the belle of the ball! Or perhaps, your tween would prefer less glam and more cuteness instead with the Cinderella dress on the right.
Does Your Daughter Love Zombies? Here Is A Gruesomely Fun Collection Of Zombie Costumes For Tween Girls
My daughter is in love with this new collection of Once Upon A Zombie costumes featuring popular Disney princesses. The Cinderella zombie costume is her fave! These zombie costumes are perfect for school or parties that encourage a no blood or gore dress code. Who knew zombies could be so cute! The costumes all include a dress, choker, crown and tights. The Once Upon A Zombie wigs are not included, but can be purchased separately.
This zombie girl costume is great for young girls who want to wear a scary costume while still being cute, without all the blood and gore. The costume includes pink, zombie print onesie pajamas and a headless doll. Perfect for wearing to a Halloween slumber party. She will be the life of the party, pun intended!
Every year, my daughter announces she wants to be a cheerleader, then she will change her mind and decide she wants to be a zombie instead. This zombie cheerleader costume is the perfect compromise for girls who want to be a zombie and a cheerleader. The costume includes a dress with mesh midriff, mesh shorts and one pom pom. The boot covers, leg warmers, pantyhose, glovettes, hair ribbons and extra pom pom are sold separately.
How About A Costume Of Your Tween’s Favorite Movie Or TV Character?
The Minions have landed on planet Earth and they are everywhere you look. Tweens are crazy for these mischievous and hilarious one celled, yellow organisms and they will love this cute Minion costume. Minion costumes are sure to be very popular this Halloween, with lots of little Minions running around your neighborhood on Halloween night. Hang on to your bucket of candy tight because I heard they can be sneaky little fellas!
Girls who are fans of the Descendants will love these Isle of the Lost costumes. The descendants are the offspring of evil fairytale villains that have been banished to the Isle of the Lost. Girls can choose between dressing up as Mal, the daughter of Malificent or Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen. The Mal Isle of the Lost costume includes jacket, top, pants and one glovette. The Evie Isle of the Lost costume includes jacket, dress and leggings. The wigs are not included, but can be purchased separately.
A popular character that many tween girls can relate to is Violet from The Incredibles movie. She is a shy, socially awkward young girl who doesn’t want to be different or standout from her peers and prefers to go unnoticed until she learns to embrace the gifts that make her unique. The Incredibles Violet costume comes with a dress, leggings, mask, and a pair of gloves. The costume does not include boots or wig.
This year, girls all over will be dressing as one of the emotions of Riley, an 11 year old tween girl who learns to work with all her emotions to live a more balanced life. Each of the Inside Out costumes includes a dress and wig. Girls can choose to dress up as the emotions joy or disgust. These would be fun costumes for a pair of best friends.
Group Costume Ideas For Tween Girls
These cute and colorful Crayola crayon costumes make a great group costume idea for a gang of best friends. One lucky person can dress up as the box of crayons and everyone else can dress as their favorite color of crayon. The glitz and glitter of theses costume is appealing to tween girls and the tutu skirt is absolutely adorable. The Crayola crayon costumes each include a dress and hat and are available in a variety of colors including ruby red, sunburst orange, emerald green, steel blue, blush pink and deep space black.
Is your tween girl a video game geek? These cute Super Mario Brothers costumes are perfect for girls who like to prove that girls can do anything just as good as boys. Choose from three characters – Mario, Luigi and Yoshi. The costumes include dress, hat and glovettes. The Mario and Luigi costumes include a mustache prop. The Yoshi costume includes an inflatable shell. These costumes make a cute group costume idea for a trio of friends.
Tips For Making Your Daughter’s Costume More Tween Friendly And Suitable For The Weather Or Occasion
- There are a lot of cute costumes where the skirt is just too short for wearing alone or with sheer tights! If she chooses a costume with a short skirt, you could nix the bare legs and sheer tights by replacing them with leggings or pants, or at the very least, have her wear a pair of shorts underneath.
- If you prefer for your daughter to keep her shoulders and upper arms covered, you could have her wear a t-shirt or long sleeved shirt underneath her costume.
- If your daughter is planning on going trick-or-treating, choose a costume appropriate for the weather. For chilly weather, choose a costume that can be worn over their clothing or jacket. For warmer weather, choose a lightweight costume that she won’t be sweltering in. I have a rule with my daughter that she must wear a shirt and pants underneath her costume at school and a jacket is always a must for trick-or-treating. Depending on the weather, it is a choice between running shoes or boots.
- The cheap material of Halloween costumes can become hot and itchy, especially when indoors during school or at a Halloween party. By having your daughter wear street clothes underneath her costume, she can pull the costume off when it becomes too uncomfortable without having to pack a change of clothes around with her. Trust me, she will thank you for this, even if she puts up a fuss about it at first!
- If you prefer that your daughter wear street clothes under her costume, buy the costume a size larger.
More Popular Halloween Costumes Tween Girls Love To Wear And They Are Parent Approved Too!
Warrior Huntress CostumeTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo CostumeSpider Girl CostumeMonster Bride CostumeHarley Quinn Costume with Tutu DressEver After High Briar Beauty CostumeEver After High Madeline Hatter CostumeFunky Punk Bones CostumeRiddler Costume with Tutu DressSuper DC Heroes Batgirl CostumeDC Super Villain Joker Costume with Tutu DressBallerina Butterfly CostumeForsaken Souls CostumeMarvel Classic American Dream Hoodie Costume DressTribal Spirit CostumeGreek Goddess CostumeTween Mad Hatter CostumeTween Kool Kat CostumeTween Wear Wolf CostumeVictorian Vampiress CostumeTween Red Riding Hood Costume
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