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A few weeks ago my youngest finally decided what he wanted to be for Halloween. It was actually quite a surprise to us considering most of the year he’s been about Ninjago and Scooby Doo. He picked Lord Vader of all things! Like he knows what the Deathstar is.
It’s not a bad thing it’s just it came out of the blue. He doesn’t sit and watch Star Wars all day. Heck, I don’t even think he’s even glimpsed at the movies. I asked him why he chose a Darth Vader costume and he said it was because of the iPad game Star Wars Angry Birds – AND did the light saber swishing motion as he told me! Go figure! Kid does like the iPad.
I’m so thankful to have received the Star Wars Darth Vader Child Costume ($50) from Halloween Adventure to test out. This costume comes with a jumpsuit with attached collar, chest piece, and boot tops; a mask, cape, and belt. I totally wish it came with the gloves too but it doesn’t. We improvised and let baby bug where a pair of my gloves which didn’t end up looking too bad.
Everything from the jumpsuit to the belt and cape worked great for us. The jumpsuit wasn’t too big for my almost 5 year old. We order a size small which is for sizes 4-6. The cape easily and securely velcros onto the jumpsuit and the belt ties on allowing adjustment for different sized children. It’s all very nice.
Our problem with the Star Wars Darth Vader Child Costume was the mask and boot straps. The mask and boot straps only have a fairly thin strap with a tiny Velcro closure at the end. Sadly there is no adjusting it so it did not fit my son’s head or feet. It was way too big for him. We ended up just tying them instead of using the Velcro – not fully secure and taut but it works. If only the Velcro extended down the length of the straps so it could be adjustable it would be perfect. Well, almost…
The other problem with the mask is the plastic eye holes you are supposed to look out of. Yes, it looks fine from the outside but it you put the mask on and lookout it’s like your looking through a pair of prescription glasses that weren’t meant for you. It distorts your vision! Not good so we plan on cutting out the plastic eye holes. It may look weird but at least my son will be able to see clearly.
I just noticed there is a caution warning on the package that says “Lenses may distort vision”. And they are telling the truth! Watch out for these caution warnings when trying on masks with plastic lenses. I get a headache just glancing through this mask. I could only imagine what would happen if it was worn all night, mixed with candy.
Please check out Halloween Adventure’s website and see what they can do for you. Remember costumes aren’t only great for Halloween; they can be great for themed birthday parties too!
Disclosure: I was given the above product for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.