When it comes to a child’s fancy dress party it can be hard to decide what you, as a parent, should dress up as to entertain the kids and to fit in. Although there are probably plenty of iconic cartoon characters that you can remember it’s important to make sure you choose a costume that your child will recognise and for that, you need to check out some of children’s favourite characters of all time.
If it’s a little boy’s party then you can’t go wrong with the likes of Batman, Spiderman, Superman or, if you’re looking for a character that’s a little more modern, Ben 10. Batman is still extremely popular today so a lot of people – of the younger generation – maybe shocked to find out that Batman’s first appearance was actually in a comic in 1939; Superman’s was even earlier in 1938 and Spiderman in 1962. Ben 10 is much more recent but is certainly a children’s favourite. First introduced in 2005 Ben Is a ten year old boy who finds an alien device when exploring the woods and is then able to transform into 10 alien species and with his powers fights crime and evil aliens. Proving its popularity Ben 10 has won a three daytime Emmy awards as well as being nominated for a number of others so if you want to make a stir at a young male’s birthday party then these are the characters to go for.
If you’re throwing a party for your little girl then any Disney princess will go down a treat despite the fact that many of them made their first appearances over 50 years ago (Disney’s Cinderella was released in 1950, Sleeping Beauty in 1959 and earliest of them all was Snow White in 1937). The Rugrats is an unforgettable children’s TV show that started in the early 90s and is still extremely popular today with Angelica being the most popular with little girls. Other classic characters perfect for a little girl’s party would be The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy and Alice in Wonderland from 1939 and 1951. In fact a Mad Hatter’s tea party is a great theme for a child’s – or even adult’s party – as there’s the possibility of lots of fun, games and silliness as well as plenty of great costume ideas.
For a more gender neutral party there are plenty of options but it all depends on the age of the children. For example Winnie the Pooh and Bananas in Pyjamas are a great choice for younger children whereas a key character from The Flintstones or The Simpsons will be more appreciated by older children. These characters again range in age, Winnie the Pooh being the oldest making his first appearance in 1924, and Bananas in Pyjamas being the most recent – originally airing in 1992. Despite their ages, all of these characters are still just as popular with children today as they were when they made their first appearance back in the 20s, 60s, 80s and 90s.
Although dressing up might not be your thing it’s really important or a child’s development which is why it’s a great idea to incorporate it into their birthday parties. Throughout their childhood children spend a lot of time pretending to be other people, whether that’s their parent, teacher or other adult they know well or their favourite TV or film character. It’s important for you to indulge in their games and appear to play along, allow them to act like an adult for the day washing the dishes and helping to wash the car and allow them to dress up as much as they want because it’s not just a game and aids their development much more than you’d think.
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