Best 2013 Halloween costumes for kids
Hollywood and the small screen stepped up their game this year with a mix of classic and newbie showtoppers, including "Superman: Man of Steel," "Monster High" and "Despicable Me 2" -- so it's no surprise that movie and television characters will be taking center stage this Halloween. Expect to see everyone from Doc McStuffins to Ariel making an appearance on your doorstep Oct. 31.
Kids can join the pit crew of their favorite "Disney's Planes" character. The jumpsuits and hats feature Dusty Crophopper and El Chupacabra. $19.99 at mass and specialty retailers.
Sofia The First
This princess costume features satin and tulle, glitter and embroidered trim. $44.95, Disney Store
This is perhaps the cutest "Despicable Me 2" costume ever created. The little blue overall romper comes with an attached long-sleeved yellow shirt, a knit hood and goggles. $20; Sizes 6 months-4T at Party City with locations throughout Long Island, partycity.com
Girl's Pink Ride A Unicorn Costume
This costume will be fun for many days, months and possibly years past Halloween. After all, there are few girls (and boys and adults) who wouldn't want to ride a unicorn. $25; Size small at Target with locations throughout Long Island, target.com
Hello Kitty Costume
This is Hello Kitty from top to bottom. It comes with a glittery pink skirt and a headband with Hello Kitty ears and a bright pink red bow. It's just purr-fect. $26; Sizes small and medium at Target with locations throughout Long Island, target.com
Monsters University Mike Classic Costume
It's an eyeball. No, it's a mouth. No, it's a monster coming straight at you. This adorable costume is sure to scare lots of people this Halloween. $25; Sizes 2T-6 at Target with locations throughout Long Island, target.com
Every little boy loves to play dead -- and with this costume, he gets to go all out, blood-splattered and everything. It's truly scary -- and hopefully he'll get it out of his system. Literally. $25; Sizes 8-12 at Cedarhurst Paper with locations throughout Long Island, cedarhurstpaperparty.com
Superman Man of Steel
Superman has been a classic throughout the years, but he's back in full force this Halloween with the release this past summer with Man of Steel. He'll look just as fierce as ever. $20; Sizes small, medium and large at Toys R Us with locations throughout Long Island, toysrus.com.
This little turtle looks totally authentic, and it'll make little boys squeal in delight knowing they can spend the day pretending to run and play and fight like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. $35; Sizes 4-10 at Cedarhurst Paper with locations throughout Long Island, cedarhurstpaperparty.com
NFL Jets Youth Helmet and Jersey Set
The team didn't do that great last season, but maybe your little one will be will be just the luck they'll need. The costume comes with the helmet and the mesh jersey, so he can practice his moves long after his Halloween candy stash has been eaten. $33; Sizes one size fits most kids 5-9 at overstock.com
If your little man needs to conquer evildoers, he'll need this costume to get it done. It's got padded muscles to give him strength, red and gold printed armor and it'll make him look almost identical to Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. $30; Sizes small, medium and large at Party City with locations throughout Long Island, partycity.com
If she was inspired by the Disney Channel's pre-school series about the little girl who could fix her toys with help from her stuffed animal friends, dress your daughter up in this fun doctor's costume and call her "Doc." It comes with the dress with the attached coat, the leggings, headband and stethoscope. $30; Size 3-4T at Toys R Us with locations throughout Long Island, www.toysrus.com
Honor the troops and actually be one for the day with this special outfit. It's very realistic and incredibly meaningful -- especially right now. $28; Sizes 4-14 at Cedarhurst Paper with locations throughout Long Island, cedarhurstpaperparty.com.com
Disney is finally releasing The Little Mermaid 3D on Blu-ray from the heavily guarded Walt Disney vault on this year, so Ariel is expected to be a huge hit this Halloween. This costume will transform your princess with glittery fins, a seashell headband and a fishtail dress. $50; 3T -- medium at Party City with locations throughout Long Island, partycity.com