No, we didn't dress her up like a dog. She wore an actual DOG costume, as in one that was made for a dog. When Halloween night came and we realized what we had done, we were pretty embarrassed and determined to do a MUCH better job on our only child's Halloween costume next time. So, when Costume Discounters asked me to do a review of one of their items, I was more than happy to do so and thereby to redeem myself!
One of the first things that I noticed when I was looking around on their site is that the costumes are not only really creative and seem to be of high quality, but they are also really reasonably priced. The fear that quality Halloween costumes must cost a fortune was what got us in the dog costume situation of last year, so I was really surprised that I could have bought her a really cute costume for less than $20. Costume Discounters makes finding the perfect outfit for a great price a lot easier than I thought it would be because of the different browsing options they offer . I can browse popular characters or themes, infant Halloween costumes, different genres, holidays and even specific costume types such as cowboys or pirates. They even have clearance sections and costumes priced BELOW COST! And...if you find an indentical costume for a lower price on the web, they will match the price and take off an additional 20%! Now that's a deal!
Once I clicked on infant/toddler costumes, I was able to search more detailed categories such as animals, Disney, fairytales, and bees, bugs, and butterflies. My daughter is OBSESSED with ladybugs, so I chose to review the Infant Toddler Lovely Ladybug Costume. The retail value of the costume is $37.99, which is the type of pricing I was afraid of, but the Costume Discounters price is $11 cheaper - only $26.97. The best part is that you can order all of your costumes from Costume Discounters and get FREE shipping when you spend $70, AND if you ordered a costume and it doesn't fit, they will pay the shipping to exchange it. I think this is a great deal because I was a bit worried when choosing a size for my daughter. All people are not created alike, so it's nice to know that I have the freedom to exchange one size for another without paying extra! I wasn't able to find such an exchange policy on any other sites that sell costumes, so this is another reason why I like Costume Discounters so much.
Here's what the costume looked like right out of the box it arrived in:
And here's what it looks like on my daughter!
The costume fit my daughter perfectly in all respects except for the polka dot armbands. They were much too small for a 24-month old, and even though I tried my best to stretch them out, they would only go a little past her hands and they were really tight. Everything else really was fantastic though, and we had a VERY hard time getting my daughter to take the costume off before she went to bed because she loves it!
One of the things that I love about this costume is that the quality is good enough that it's not just a Halloween costume. I know my daughter will use it to play dress up too as long as she's able to fit in it. In fact, I'm pretty sure we're going to be seeing a little ladybug around the house A LOT before Halloween even gets here :) When she grows out of it, it's durable enough that I think we'll still be able to pass it along to a friend. This is important to me because I don't want to spend money on a costume that's only going to last one night. Even if I buy a super cheap costume, that's still a waste of money. So, if you're looking for a quality costume for a great price, I HIGHLY recommend Costume Discounters. My daughter will be wearing her Lovely Ladybug costume for a very long time, and we know where to go next time we're in the market for costumes for infants, children or adults!