Alternative Halloween Costumes and Tickled Pink Giveaway
Halloween is just around the corner and supermarkets are beginning to fill with scary fancy dress costumes. However, for some little ones, Halloween costumes can be a little too scary for them. So here are some ideas for some alternative Halloween costumes and a giveaway for a £20 spend on fancy dress at Tickled Pink.
When you ask most people what things they associate with Halloween, witches are fairly high up on the list. But witches don’t need to be ugly hags, likely to upset small children. In fact, if you ask a child to name a famous witch from a book or a film, I imagine a lot will name Hermione Grainger from the Harry Potter books and films. Freyja is already a fan of Hermione, and it is pretty obvious why. Hermione is a skilled witch, a good friend, intelligent and very brave.
Freyja’s “Hermione costume” is from Tickled Pink’s Harry Potter range, with some items of her school uniform which she obviously already had. The long black gown has a crimson collar and the Gryffindor crest on. Freyja is a tall 5 year old and is wearing the medium sized gown for ages 5-6.
She is also wearing the crimson and yellow striped tie of Gryffindor house.
In addition to the gown and tie, she also has a Griffindor scarf – perfect for keeping her warm whilst watching a game of Quidditch or helping Hagrid in The Forbidden Forest.
I felt that the one thing that Freyja’s costume was missing was a wand. I decided I would have a go at making her a wand. We had a decent sized stick that she had bought back from a walk and had since dried out. I used sandpaper to shape the end to a rounded point (rather than a Buffy the Vampire Slayer style-stake!). I then used a glue gun to create a handle at the opposite end and some detail on the wand itself. After this had fully dried out, I painted the entire wand in brown acrylic paint. Once the paint had dried, I used a gold-coloured paint to decorate it.
I really liked the fact that this had been made from a piece of wood and although I am no Ollivander, I was pleased with the outcome. However, I was a little concerned about giving her a slightly pointed stick to play with, so also had a go at making an alternative wand using Fimo. After kneading the Fimo and rolling it out into a wand shape, I then used a smaller amount of Fimo to add detail and then baked as per the instructions. The nice thing about this wand is that it isn’t completely rigid, so I am less worried about her hurting herself, or Emily with it.
Both wands definitely add that finishing touch to the costume! The great thing about this costume is that it isn’t just for Halloween – it can also be used for World Book Day or a film themed fancy dress party. You can definitely get your money’s worth from a costume like this.
For younger children, another non-scary witch character is the witch from Room on the Broom. You can find out more about this costume in my World Book Day post.
There are also a few “pretty witch” costumes amongst the scarier kids Halloween costumes on the Tickled Pink website.
If you are looking for fancy dress for Halloween, then I have £20 towards a spend at Tickled Pink. You can enter this giveaway using Gleam. See the details below for how to enter. The competition closes 20th October 2016 at 11.59PM and with the fast delivery provided by Tickled Pink, this will give you plenty of time for your chosen costume to get to you. The voucher code will be valid for 12 months, so can always be used for a spend later in the year.
Disclaimer: Freyja was sent the gown, tie and scarf for review purposes, but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.