Is anyone else’s house crazed with Paw Patrol these days? Tell me that other preschoolers are as fanatical as my little Monkey is? (It’s playing in the background as I type these words!) Paw Patrol is everywhere in our house, and the Monkey spends a lot of time these days pretending to be Ryder or a pup. He screams, “To the Look Out!” and gathers his little pup figurines and pretends to rescue many different people. As pretending to be a member of the Paw Patrol team is such a popular activity, I thought that getting a Paw Patrol Costume would be a big hit for Halloween. My biggest concern was finding a way to make sure that the costume wasn’t too hot and sweaty, as October can be an unpredictable month in the South.
The Monkey and I headed off to Party City to see what costumes we could find from the great selection of Nickelodeon characters. Right now, you can find Paw Patrol, SpongeBob along with TMNT at Party City. They have costumes that are great for both the boys and the girls– seriously, they have girl versions of SpongeBob SquarePants. For the little boys, there were two complete Paw Patrol costumes, for Marshall and for Chase. The Monkey didn’t like either of the complete costumes. I’m not sure why. However, he was wild about many of the great accessories that we had to go with the Nickelodeon characters, which you can see from the video of our trip!
Since he wanted to be Marshall, but didn’t want the complete costume, we decided to put together themed pieces to create our own super easy costume. First we bought the Marshall shirt to go along with the collection of Paw Patrol shirts that the Monkey already has. I really liked getting that piece because I knew that it would get a lot of wear. Then we also got the Marshall Peruvian Hat. This is a wonderful hat for the winter, and I know that he’ll want to wear it long after Halloween. I’m not sure of the sizing for this hat– I think it’s quite a big size that would fit older children as well. There is also a great baseball hat, which he puts on in the video above. However, he decided that he liked the warm, snuggly peruvian hat.
I actually ended up needing to buy a firefighter hat too. The Monkey pointed out that Marshell really wears a fireman’s hat, not a woolen hat. Luckily, Party City sold a child’s size fire hat! This gave us a little flexibility with the costume. Finally, I picked up a package of White Body Paint, and Black Face Paint.
Next came the really messy part– painting the Monkey. (HE LOVED THIS PART!) However, I think if you had a kiddo with some sensory issues, this might not be a costume that worked for him/her. We took off the Monkey’s shirt, and then painted his arms and neck and the top of his chest white– we only painted the areas that would not be covered by the t-shirt. Having done this project with a three-year-old, let me encourage you to keep the paint away from their eager little hands!
After the white paint had dried, we then put the shirt back on the Monkey, very carefully. Okay, honestly, I tried to be very careful, and the Monkey, well, he’s three, and wasn’t so careful. Yup, white paint got everywhere! With a Q-tip, I applied the black paint to make the spots of the dalmatian fur of Marshall. Again, he wasn’t particularly patient, and Black paint got everywhere. I painted his nose black, and at his request, the palms of his hands black– he pointed out that the needed dog pads.
After a lengthy period of admiration in the mirror, the Monkey danced around through the house, and the ran around outside. He loved his costume. Here’s what he had to say about it!
(In case you can’t understand him– he says, I think I look cute!) When he was done pretending to be Marshall, we were able to put him directly into the tub. The body paint washes right off with soap and water, and there was no residual mess! Thank Goodness!
If you were going to Party City, who would you be? What’s your favorite Nickelodeon Character?
Just in case you need a little fun money to buy your costume, here is a Giveaway to give you $30 for your costume.