If your little girl loves Dora the Explorer cartoons, then Dora the Explorer would be a likely choice for her costume this Halloween. There are several different options to choose from if you go shopping for Dora the Explorer costumes and accessories, and we will attempt to take a closer look at a few of them in this article.
First up is the article spoiler, the complete Dora the Explorer ensemble. Political Masks.com carries a complete Deluxe Dora the Explorer costume kit on their web-site for the sum of $38.99. Their costume comes with a wig, a backpack, a t-shirt, a pair of shorts, and shoe covers. If you don’t mind the price tag for a Halloween costume, then this Dora kit should be all you need for a picture perfect Halloween for your little girl.
Not everyone wants to shell out big bucks for a Halloween costume though, and most little girls will already have various elements of the Dora costume – the orange shorts and pink shirt for example. In these instances only a piece or two of the costume needs to be purchased or improvised.
The main feature of Dora that will require work for many girls is her trademark hair. Little girls with brown hair and a skilled set of hands outfitting them could recreate the short hair style and bangs with a few strategic bobby pins and clips for one evening, but children with blonde, red, or light brown hair may require a wig. Dora the Explorer wigs exist in abundance and can be purchased online at Walgreens for $19.99. The cost is kind of steep though, so I would recommend perusing the actual store a little closer to the holiday.
A great element to add to a Dora the Explorer costume that will have shelf life past Halloween is Mr. Backpack. Ty’s Toy Box carries a cute plush variety for $12.99, and their Mr. Backpack includes a roll out map for an extra touch of “realism.” A complete Dora the Explorer play along kit is available as a toy year round at K-Mart stores in their My Talking Backpack Box set. This set includes a talking Mr. Backpack, a telescope, a compass, and a map as well. The price tag of $17.29 is diluted somewhat as this could be used as a regular toy after Halloween.
Pink shirts are available at JCPenney.com (this is a Polo instead of the traditional tee, but this piece would be functional for school wear) and orange shorts (both twill and mesh) can be picked up from Amazon.com if shopping online is a must. However, better deals without shipping costs can be found at any mass merchandiser or department store. Throughout September, little girl’s summer clothes like shorts and t-shirts will be on clearance racks at bargain prices, which will greatly reduce your costume overhead if these items are not already in the closet.
Dora the Explorer is a relatively easy costume to create with just a few pieces and a touch of creativity and resourcefulness. However, a complete costume kit is available for purchase for the time crunched parent.