Best Store-Bought Costumes for Preschoolers and Big Kids

Keep life simple and buy a cool costume. From characters in hit movies to novelty get-ups, we've rounded up the best styles for kids.

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Astronaut

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Astronaut

An, um, out-of-this world costume for your space-man-in-training. Two awesome details: The inflatable tank and helmet.

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Batman: Dark Knight

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Batman: Dark Knight

Batman's big this year so a caped crusader costume is in order. (Sorry, Batmobile not included!)

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Hannah Montana

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Hannah Montana

It's the year of Hannah Montana. If your daughter's a fan, let her play Miley for a day with this glam stage costume.

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Sharpay from High School Musical 2

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Sharpay from High School Musical 2

With High School Musical 3 opening, girls will be clamoring to masquerade as Sharpay, the Queen Bee of East High.

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Belle

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Belle

If princess is the only way to go this Halloween, your daughter will love this costume inspired by Beauty and the Beast, which includes a petticoat underneath for the poufy look she loves.

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Flamingo

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Flamingo

This witty costume will inspire a few double-takes. Pair with a black leotard -- it's not included.

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Woodland Fairy

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Woodland Fairy

Fall meets fairyland with this sweet getup. Huge wings in the back make this extra whimsical.

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Transformers' Optimus Prime

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Transformers' Optimus Prime

Thanks to this getup kids can, uh, transform into Optimus Prime, benevolent leader of the Autobots.

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Zorro

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Zorro

Your kid can step into Zorro's boots with this costume, complete with the cape, hat, eye mask, and -- whoa, muscles! -- a molded six-pack top.

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Can-Can Dancer

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Can-Can Dancer

An oldie but a goodie, this feathered and ruffled can-can dress will have your daughter kicking up her heels -- and we love the bloomers underneath.

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Geisha

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Geisha

Your daughter can turn Japanese with this geisha getup, which includes a black wig, fan, and obi belt.

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UPS Delivery Man

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UPS Delivery Man

Does your kid love getting deliveries? Then he'll totally go for the pint-size version of the UPS Delivery Man uniform.

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Jack Sparrow

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Jack Sparrow

Your kid can masquerade as the swaggering, swashbuckling pirate in this realistic getup. (We love the dreads.)

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Jasmine

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Jasmine

Jasmine has been one of the most popular of the Disney princesses for years. Your kiddo will love the jeweled details.

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Spanish Princess

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Spanish Princess

Your daughter can get in touch with her inner Flamenco dancer in this hot pink ruffled getup.

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Man-Eating Shark

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Man-Eating Shark

This one will get laughs at every neighbor's door. Your kid's arms go into the "legs" to simulate a wiggly shark attack.

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Musketeer

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Musketeer

Does your kid have two BFFs or siblings? Round them up for a group costume of the three musketeers.

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Tin Man

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Tin Man

Add a little silver face-paint and your kid doubles as the Wizard of Oz's Tin Man.

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Whoopie Cushion

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Whoopie Cushion

The ultimate getup for the jokester in your family (fortunately, sound effects are not included).

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Sumo Wrestler

Courtesy of Rubie's Costume Co., Inc.

Sumo Wrestler

This inflatable sumo wrestler costume will definitely be a conversation-starter. A fan to pump your kiddo up is included.

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Toilet

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Toilet

It's almost certain your kid will be the only one on the block with this quirky costume. (Don't forget the TP!)

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Wheaties Box

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Wheaties Box

Give your sports star a shot at fame (if only for a few hours around your neighborhood!) with this clever cereal-box concept.

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Harry Potter

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Harry Potter

Is your kid addicted to Harry Potter? Then he'll fall under this costume's spell. Pair with a hat and glasses for the full Harry effect.

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Pinocchio

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Pinocchio

This won't allow you to tell if your kid is lying, but it does come with all the trappings -- including the self-supporting cross bar to hold the marionette strings.

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Joker

Courtesy of Rubie's Costume Co., Inc.

Joker

The Dark Knight brought back the ultimate villain -- and a scarily perfect costume for your kid.

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