Some people might believe that dressing their kids as something that is heavily related to war might not be a good idea and even touches the lines between what is sensitive and what is not, but let us be honest: when it comes to Halloween, we should be able to get creative.
And as a father who loves camping and purchasing military gear, and a child who is very enthusiastic about them in a really cool way, I could not suppress myself and decided to look for costumes for my little kid. And my kid was all in for the idea.
Surprisingly, as we browsed the internet for costume ideas related to it, we only found pieces scattered out there that could be purchased together to create something cool and we didn’t find many stores selling complete costumes.
So, I decided to create my own military costume ideas for my kid, and showcase them on the internet for people to decide which one suits their likes the most. These ideas are showcased for people to find the necessary accessories and clothes online pretty easily, so do not worry about not knowing how to complete the costumes.
Of course, if you are still looking for complete sets, more often than not, you can always find what you need in online stores. You can buy kids army costumes in many stores out there, and as long as they fit what you and your kids are looking for, you will be okay.
This might not be considered a military option, but let us be honest, this may probably be one of the coolest, simplest, and the cheapest idea you can think of. Think of it as a version of the movie Rambo starring Sylvester Stallone. It is a rather wild but fun and amazing alternative you can go for, and probably my personal favorite.
The idea is simple: get a red bandana to cover the head and get some paint to draw an army pattern in his or her face. This is all you’ll need for the face, but you can add some extra funk by adding something that resembles dirt instead of actual paint. That will be much more similar to the movie!
Next, you would want something similar to a tank top. For your little girl, you can always go for something else. The idea is to pick a piece of cloth that seems like it was used by someone who has been living in the jungle for a week. Adding some toys like plastic knives, grenades, and a gun, and you are good to go.
The SWAT and Infantry Soldier
These two are rather similar, with the soldier being mainly clad in green whereas the SWAT team dominates in black. You just need some gear that resembles the equipment used by both, and you will be more than ready.
Soldiers often use assault rifles whereas SWAT oftentimes use submachine guns, so always put that in mind. You can also go for a SWAT shield and a handgun. Remember to add a helmet for a more complete setup.
This is a little on the excessive and creative side and might be a little difficult to complete. This setup requires something similar to a bush, which is often used by soldiers in the desert. This covers them in the sand, while they make time to aim their deadly strike.
The main idea of this setup is to get the sand-like colored gear of a sniper as well as the bush cover and a sniper rifle. This might be a little hard to find, but I’m sure such a toy can be easily found in stores like Amazon or eBay. If not, you can always improvise.
The Cool Airsoft Player
If you know nothing about what airsoft is, is just like being in a war but without the dying. It hurts like hell, though, and the airsoft weaponry can be on the expensive side. Still, making a costume out of the idea is simple. You can just check some examples through Google and you will see a lot of great ideas.
There are some cool masks that your kids might like, like skull-faced masks and helmets. Of course, you do not need to buy actual airsoft equipment, but something that is similar to it.
One Last Note
However simple the costume is, you can always take it a notch higher–accessorize!
Combat boots, grenades, toy rifles, and tags are great for adding the extra details to your kid’s costume. A little make-up or face paint will complete the ensemble. Now all they need to do is go out and enjoy the experience.
Remember that the world is going through a rather complicated situation. As it is, celebrating Halloween like it was before will be impossible. As a parent, you should be aware of this. That is why before you leave, I recommend you to check this guide provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to celebrate holidays: https://fortune.com/2020/07/27/social-distancing-how-to-celebrate-milestones-safely-weddings-birthdays-anniversaries-graduations-coronavirus-covid-19-guidelines/
To be rather safe than sorry, make sure your kids are equipped with masks, and you have a bottle of hand sanitizer with you while you go out. Also, make sure to follow social distancing and try to reduce physically touching social spots and tools as much as possible