I have always prided myself in my ability to make Halloween costumes for my kids. Until this year, that is. Little Guy loves Thomas the Train and, with lots of goading from the Oldest, has talked non-stop about wanting to be Thomas for Halloween. So, I decided to get started early - I've done the last-minute costume thing and it's not fun. I found a box just the right size, measured Little Guy, cut holes, and sketched out the design. Before painting, I wanted to make sure it would fit him, so I tried to try it out on him. He hated it. I mean, one second he was a happy little boy who was going to try on his Thomas costume, the next minute he was a kicking, screaming toddler who managed to tear apart a very well-made, sturdy box. So much for the make-your-own-Thomas-costume idea!
Luckily, a few days after this fiasco, I received the opportunity to try out a costume from Wholesale Halloween Costumes! I mean, how lucky can a mom at her Halloween costume wit's end get? Before heading straight for the Thomas section, I decided to look around a little - you never know what you might find. I was amazed at their selection of Halloween costumes for kids! They have a huge number of costumes, from pirates to princesses, TV characters to classic characters kids have dressed as for years... anything you could possibly want.
Too many choices for me, so I narrowed my browsing down to Boys Costumes. The first thing I noticed was that the costumes are really made for boys - they come in jumpsuits, shirt and pants or tunics that are worn over clothes. All of these are definitely Little Guy-friendly. And they're really cool costumes, too. I remember the days when your costume was either homemade, or came in the form of an ill-fitting mask that you couldn't see out of and never stayed on and a plastic apron-like thingy that you tied on around your neck and waist. Those days are gone, baby!
Thomas the Tank Engine Costume! This thing is awesome, and I know that he'll wear it all year round. In fact, our entire neighborhood has already seen his costume because he wore it everywhere we went the day it arrived. It's a tunic-like costume, so he wears it like a big shirt - no mobility issues! And, being in Michigan, it can be hard to know what the weather will be like. I was in pre-labor with Little Guy on Halloween in 2008 and it was a balmy 70 degrees out. Last year, his first Trick-or-Treating experience, it was rainy, windy, and freezing. This costume is large enough that I could put a winter coat under it, and it's light enough that he wouldn't sweat to death if we are lucky enough to get a nice Indian Summer Halloween (is that P.C.?!) Another neat feature of this costume is that he doesn't need to carry a bag for his goodies. It is designed with a built-in "candy catcher" pocket! Our town is full of houses with porches, so he'll be able to use both his hands for balance on the steps.
Oh, and a couple more things - Wholesale Halloween Costumes is very customer-oriented!
The costume came in a neat bag with a hanger, so we can hang it in the closet when he's not wearing it. They also have a wonderful customer care section on their site where you can find the answer to almost any question. Oh, and if you can't find the answer, you can reach them by phone, via a contact form, and even live chat! And, along with our costume, came a Return/Exchange Procedures Form. This company doesn't wait until you have a problem to let you look up the rules on returns - they let you know the deal up front, before you even take the costume out of the package. I have to say that this really impressed me. It shows that they really want to make sure that the customer knows what to do if any problems should arise. I can't say that for a lot of companies - even the big, expensive ones! Oh, and they even direct you to where you can print out a prepaid return label so you don't have to go stand in line at the post office forever and then pay to ship your product back.
Speaking of price... these costumes really are at wholesale prices. The price of our Thomas the Tank Engine Costume was only $23.50. They even have one priced at $19.90! And they have a flat rate shipping fee to the continental US of only $5.90 ($6.90 expedited) no matter how big your order is. I just hate finding the perfect item for an amazing price only to find out the shipping costs twice as much as the thing I want to buy! You don't have to ever wonder about that here!
(And, yes, I know I just posted about the Costume Swap. We'll be participating next year or donating our Thomas costume to a kid who doesn't have anything to wear!)
Disclosure: I received a free Thomas the Tank Engine Costume in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are mine and not influenced by the company.