Y’all, it’s so dang hot here in Florida. As we approach fall and Halloween we are thrilled to no longer see 100+ temperatures, but the weather man continues to inform us daily that we will be drenched in sweat due to high humility levels. Florida living, right? Halloween is one of our favorite celebrations. I didn’t fully appreciate all things Halloween until I had babies. Halloween with kids is a totally different type of Halloween. I was the type of girl that rolled her eyes at all the little to nothing costumes, the unnecessary parties everyone hosted, and the scary stuff that I loathed. Now as a mother of 2 little boys Halloween is the best thing ever! Regardless of how much we love Halloween as a family it still feels as if we put fur coats on to sit around a fire here in central Florida. Halloween costumes in the Florida heat are no joke. Has anyone done >Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? The event starts in late August and runs until Halloween; I promise you will have the best trick-or-treat experience of your life but you can plan to sweat like crazy. Living your best Florida life is what we call that. So, how does a Florida family with toddlers stay cool in Halloween costumes? Outside of wearing little to nothing there are a few ways to enjoy Halloween costume wearing in Florida. Here are 5 Halloween costume wearing tips for toddlers in the Florida heat:
- Consider costumes that don’t completely cover. You know those one piece costumes that would keep you warm in an igloo? I don’t love those but often they are so darn awesome. Opting for costumes that are t-shirt related (think DIY Halloween costumes) or those that can be worn with a pair of shorts (like my tiny Darth Vader).
- Wear your costumes for short periods multiple times. This Halloween costume wearing option is the one we frequent here in Florida with our toddlers. We take the kids to a variety of events including trunk or treat, neighborhood strolls, city park events, and theme park visits. Each Halloween celebration the kids wear their costumes for 1 hour max. Not only is this a great way to keep cool in the heat it also gives us a handful of times to show off our epic family costumes.
- Get very clever. Does your toddler love a character that you can represent with a t-shirt and mask? We found a lion jacket similar to the one from Wizard of Oz and my son looked adorable in it and wore it with shorts and flip fops. This is the best way to budget a Halloween costume and know you’ve created a one of a kind look too. Small budget, 1-3 pieces of clothing max, and a look created by you- that’s one awesome Halloween costume.
- Take the Halloween costume photos and then strip. Now this one might seem silly but hear me out. Depending on the temps in Florida that day it might be best to take all the fun photos to cherish, but not feel stuck in a hot costume for hours. Take family photos, photos with friends, cute backdrop images, and then get the heck out of that hot costume.
- Make costume modifications at any point. If you’re hot and crabby or the kids are having an epic meltdown, take the darn costumes off. Try photos and interactions at a later date or just wear 1 part of your costume. My oldest wore his pirate vest once he had enough of the costume and it was adorable. Sure the 4 piece costume cost me all the dollar bills, but tiny Disney pirate costumes are one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and he wears it as character dress up fun year round. When my toddler wore 1 piece of the 3 piece costume he still looked as cute as ever. Compromise in the heat and with toddler emotions.
So there you have it, 5 Halloween costume wearing tips for toddlers in the Florida heat. What ways do you beat the heat during Halloween? Do you adjust your schedule and only go very late? As a toddler mom we can’t go out late to beat the heat, but I would love to hear ways you and you family enjoy Halloween costumes in Florida humidity. Do you partake in the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party fun? Do you plan your costumes around the heat?