Best Store-Bought Costumes for Preschoolers and Big Kids

Joker costume
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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.
Courtesy of HalloweenAdventure.com
Courtesy of HalloweenAdventure.com

Astronaut

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

Courtesy of Toys R Us
Courtesy of Toys R Us

Batman: Dark Knight

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

Courtesy of BuyCostumes.com
Courtesy of BuyCostumes.com

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.

Courtesy of BuyCostumes.com
Courtesy of BuyCostumes.com

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.

Courtesy of OfficialCostumes.com
Courtesy of OfficialCostumes.com

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.

Courtesy of CostumeCraze.com
Courtesy of CostumeCraze.com

Flamingo

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

Courtesy of CelebrateExpress.com
Courtesy of CelebrateExpress.com

Woodland Fairy

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

Courtesy of Spirit Halloween
Courtesy of Spirit Halloween

Transformers' Optimus Prime

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

Courtesy of OfficialCostumes.com
Courtesy of OfficialCostumes.com

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.

Courtesy of CelebrateExpress.com
Courtesy of CelebrateExpress.com

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.

Courtesy of AnytimeCostumes.com
Courtesy of AnytimeCostumes.com

Geisha

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

Courtesy of Annie's Costumes
Courtesy of Annie's Costumes

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.

Courtesy of AnytimeCostumes.com
Courtesy of AnytimeCostumes.com

Jack Sparrow

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

Courtesy of Toys R Us
Courtesy of Toys R Us

Jasmine

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

Courtesy of Rubie's Costume Co., Inc.
Courtesy of Rubie's Costume Co., Inc.

Spanish Princess

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

Courtesy of CostumeCauldron.com
Courtesy of CostumeCauldron.com

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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Courtesy of TheCostumer.com

Musketeer

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

Courtesy of Costumes4Less.com
Courtesy of Costumes4Less.com

Tin Man

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

Courtesy of Zoogstercostume.com
Courtesy of Zoogstercostume.com

Whoopie Cushion

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

Courtesy of Rubie's Costume Co., Inc.
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.

Courtesy of AnytimeCostumes.com
Courtesy of AnytimeCostumes.com

Toilet

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

Courtesy of CostumeCauldron.com
Courtesy of CostumeCauldron.com

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.

Courtesy of HalloweenAdventure.com
Courtesy of HalloweenAdventure.com

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.

Courtesy of CostumeCraze.com
Courtesy of CostumeCraze.com

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.

Courtesy of Rubie's Costume Co., Inc.
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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