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The Best Car Costume - 2020

Last updated on November 12, 2020
Best Car Costume

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Our Picks For The Top Car Costumes

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  Best All-Around Pick

Disguise Lightning McQueen 3D Toddler Car Costume

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Lightning McQueen 3D Toddler Car Costume

Overall Take

Win Races and Have FunFor fans of Lightning McQueen, there’s no better costume than the character itself.

  Best for Little Firefighters

Rubie’s Paw Patrol Marshall 3D Child Car Costume

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Paw Patrol Marshall 3D Child Car Costume

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Respond to Emergencies Any DayThis outfit will make your child feel just like Marshall the firefighter.

  Most Versatile

Disguise Transformers Kids Bumblebee Converting Car Costume

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Transformers Kids Bumblebee Car Costume

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Three Outfits in OneVersatile and exciting, this costume is a kid-approved favorite.

  Most Fun Design

Rubie’s Paw Patrol Chase 3D Child Car Costume

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Paw Patrol Chase 3D Child Car Costume

Overall Take

Heroics in Adventure BayIf your child loves Paw Patrol, thrill them with this outfit that looks like Chase.

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Guide written by Danielle Smyth
Last updated on November 12, 2020

Choosing a costume for a young child can be tricky. Parents have to consider their children’s interests, costume size, cost, weather when the costume will be worn and the ease of getting the outfit on and off. A car costume is a winning choice that can align with many different TV and video game interests and works well at a range of temperatures.

Start by checking the size of the outfit you’re considering, and be sure that you’re comparing it against the clothes your kid typically wears. Costumes may be sized differently than regular kids’ clothes, so take care to get the right one for your kid’s measurements.

You’ll also want to check how the costume goes on and stays on. A wiggly kid may need Velcro and zip closures to keep them in the outfit for a prolonged period, while a child prone to tiring out will need something very lightweight or easy to remove. If your little one is old enough to do most of their own walking for trick-or-treat or the event the costume is being purchased for, make sure that their outfit is easy to walk in.

Car costumes offers lots of options, from Paw Patrol to the “Cars” franchise, but keep an eye on the weather forecast. If the car costume itself isn’t warm enough, it’s easy to add layers underneath the tunic or jumpsuit to ensure your child stays toasty warm at parties or while outdoors.

The Best Car Costumes

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  Best All-Around Pick

Disguise Lightning McQueen 3D Toddler Car Costume

Dress up your toddler like Lightning McQueen from Disney/Pixar’s hit franchise "Cars." This costume fits most toddlers (up to size 6), and the suspenders make it easy to slip on over the child’s head. Made of lightweight polyester, it won’t weigh your child down.

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  Best for Little Firefighters

Rubie’s Paw Patrol Marshall 3D Child Car Costume

Be a canine hero in this officially licensed Paw Patrol costume. Available for toddlers as well as young children, it consists of a 3D fire truck tunic and a fire helmet with attached Dalmatian ears.

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  Most Versatile

Disguise Transformers Kids Bumblebee Converting Car Costume

This costume’s jumpsuit, gloves and face mask transform your child into a sleek yellow robot. But there’s more: Add the strap-on wheels and the 3D tunic to create a real-life Transformer, with the robot folding up neatly into a car when the child kneels down.

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  Most Fun Design

Rubie’s Paw Patrol Chase 3D Child Car Costume

Lead the way (but watch out for feathers!) with this Chase costume. This Paw Patrol costume includes a 3D tunic as well as a police hat complete with German shepherd ears. Made of polyester, this costume comes in toddler size or a kids’ small.

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  Best Classic

Disguise Super Mario Bros. Luigi Kart Child Car Costume

Perfect for the kid who can’t wait to play Mario Kart, this 3D Luigi costume fits most toddlers, up to size 6. It is made of foam and polyester and slips over the child’s head. It is held in place with suspenders.

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Our Car Costume Buying Guide

Choosing a costume for a young child can be tricky. Parents have to consider their children’s interests, costume size, cost, weather when the costume will be worn and the ease of getting the outfit on and off. A car costume is a winning choice that can align with many different TV and video game interests and works well at a range of temperatures.

Start by checking the size of the outfit you’re considering, and be sure that you’re comparing it against the clothes your kid typically wears. Costumes may be sized differently than regular kids’ clothes, so take care to get the right one for your kid’s measurements.

You’ll also want to check how the costume goes on and stays on. A wiggly kid may need Velcro and zip closures to keep them in the outfit for a prolonged period, while a child prone to tiring out will need something very lightweight or easy to remove. If your little one is old enough to do most of their own walking for trick-or-treat or the event the costume is being purchased for, make sure that their outfit is easy to walk in.

Car costumes offers lots of options, from Paw Patrol to the “Cars” franchise, but keep an eye on the weather forecast. If the car costume itself isn’t warm enough, it’s easy to add layers underneath the tunic or jumpsuit to ensure your child stays toasty warm at parties or while outdoors.

DWYM Fun Fact

Before the advent of movie theaters, costumes tended to be designed to frighten those nearby. In the second half of the 20th century, however, companies like Halco and Ben Cooper began marketing costumes of popular fictional characters like Mickey Mouse and Wonder Woman. These became popular for Halloween and at other times of the year.

The Car Costume Tips and Advice

  • Shop early so you don’t miss out on popular costumes if you’re buying for a holiday like Halloween. Buying for another event at the same time of year? It’s still a good idea to buy early to beat the rush.
  • If the foam in a costume looks tired after multiple uses, cut an unobtrusive hole and top up with additional pillow stuffing to revitalize and use again in the future.
  • Include safety gear for nighttime trick-or-treating: A reflective wristband or pair of flashlights can only enhance an already-great car costume.
  • Car costumes make great adaptive outfits for children who need them.