Fancy Dress Costume Ideas for Children


Fancy dress parties, also known as costume parties, evolved from masquerade balls. Meaningful and creative costumes, such as historical figures, cultural dress and seasonal themes are appreciated at these parties, and appropriate children's costume ideas follow suit.


  • Animals are a creative choice for a child's fancy party costume. These costumes come in a variety of different animals and look especially charming on small children. Most animal costumes are full-body and cover the entire head, leaving the face exposed. They are comfortable and practical for parties held in cooler temperatures. Cats, ducks, bunnies, elephants and giraffes are just a few of the many options.

Fantasy Figures

  • A child's imagination runs free with a fantasy figure costume. Witches, fairies, superheros and dragons have magical powers and super strength. Their otherworldly costumes and props make a fancy dress party especially interesting for a child who loves imaginative games and has a creative spark. Fairytale figures like Cinderella, Snow White, Prince Charming and the Evil Queen also fall into this category.

Historical Figures

  • Historical figures are a traditional choice of costume for a fancy dress party. They demonstrate thoughtfulness and their presence brings an air of respect. A child dressed as a historical figure like King Henry VIII, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln or Cleopatra can be charming and adorable. Famous kings, queens, scientists, explorers and presidents are all examples of historical figure costume ideas.

Cultural Costumes

  • Cultural costumes are another traditional choice for a fancy dress party. Cultural costumes are colorful, lively and add a jovial spirit to the party. Your child may want to dress to represent her own culture. For example, if she is of Indian decent, she may dress as Shiva, the Indian god of destruction. Or she may also dress to represent a culture different from her own, wearing a kimono to celebrate Japan or a sombrero to represent Mexico. African, American, Chinese or medieval English are other options for children's cultural costumes.

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