Loves going out and about in Canberra and writing about her adventures! Also addicted to coffee, high teas, escape rooms, and dressing up.
Published June 27th 2019
Get your kids ready for Book Week and Halloween
There's probably one time in the year when many of Canberra's parents/carers go into some kind of meltdown. No, I'm not talking about the pre-sale of Wiggles concert tickets or the annual sale of snow gear at Aldi's. I'm talking about BOOK WEEK.
Book Week is that wonderful, annual celebration of books and reading hosted by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and celebrated every year in schools and childcare centres across the country. The problem is, however, that at some point in its history, somebody decided to hold a Book Week costume parade, and so the pressure is now on every year (and very often at the very last minute) for parents/carers to madly find or throw together Book Week-related costumes for their children.
Unfortunately, though, it's no longer just Book Week when you've got to find costumes for your kids. There's also all the themed birthday parties your children are invited to ( for example, superhero party, fairy party, dinosaur party, princess party, and so on), dance class concerts and music class concerts. And let's not forget Halloween, which is becoming an even bigger celebration in Australia, and where wearing costumes for a Halloween party or event is an absolute must.
But if you don't want to spend a fortune on your children's costumes or if you don't possess that amazing creative talent that some parents/carers just have of whipping together from scratch and crafting together a show-stopping costume, then what do you do?
Kmart has a wide range of affordable kids costumes and costume accessories for every occasion, whether it's for Book Week, Halloween, or a birthday party.
Such as these cute pirate costumes for that pirate-themed party. These are also perfect for Book Week, as pirates appear in many children's stories. Priced at $13 for the pirate girl costume and $9 for the pirate boy costume.
The country girl costume ($13) is perfect for your little Dorothy on her way to the land of Oz, whilst the dinosaur plush costume ($12) is perfect for all those dinosaur parties and the shark plush (also retailing at $12) is right for those days when your child just wants to dress up as a shark!
Kmart also stocks a range of licensed costumes from popular movies and television shows such as Buzz Lightyear and Woody from the Toy Story films; Princess Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and of course, Harry Potter. Really, what's Book Week or Halloween without Harry Potter?
Other licensed costumes include Chase from Paw Patrol, the hugely popular Emma from the Wiggles, Darth Vader, Captain America, Spiderman, and Elsa and Anna from Disney's Frozen. Licensed costumes retail for $20 each.
If your child would rather dress up as a fire engine or a police car rather than Elsa or Emma Wiggle, then Kmart also has these super cute felt shape transport costumes ($12 each).
Kmart also has a great range of costume accessories such as these princess tiara and shoe sets ($9 each) and pirate/cowboy accessory sets ($4 each). You'll also find butterfly wings, superhero capes, and unicorn tail and horn sets.
There's no need to spend big on kids' costumes. Whatever the occasion, whether it's Book Week, a birthday party or Halloween, you're sure to find the right one at Kmart without breaking your budget!
Kmart stores in Canberra are located at: Tuggeranong Southpoint, cnr Anketell and Reed Streets, Tuggeranong. Open every day 8am-10pm. Westfield Belconnen, Emu Bank Road, Belconnen. Open every day, 24hr. Marketplace Gungahlin, 33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin. Open everyday 8am-10pm. Kmart Queanbeyan, 30 Morriset Street, Queanbeyan. Open Mon-Fri 8am-midnight, Sat-Sun 8am-9pm.
Visit your local store or the Kmart website herefor more kids' costume ideas.