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Woolworths Vampire Costume

Submitted by on October 14, 2009 – 8:07 pmNo Comment


“The overall quality of the Woolworths Vampire Costume is very disappointing. The pointy-eared headpiece and the cape are definitely the highlights of the set – but that’s only if you can persuade your toddler to keep them on!”

Buy online at Woolworths

Price £12.98

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Initial thoughts: The Woolworths Vampire Costume comes in two sizes, and at 15 months (and seriously lardy) the 1-2 year old size fit Kai generously, meaning that unlike a lot of costumes that seem to have ridiculously little give, he didn’t need to be contorted to fit in it. Elasticated waists and a velcro opening on the neck also made it much easier to wrestle him in to. The material feels a bit cheap and cheerful but didn’t seem to be too itchy or irritating on Kai’s skin. It is very thin though so would definitely need some layering underneath, especially on a cold Halloween’s evening.

We liked:
It’s cute. I’ll give you that. And, as Kai’s just cut his top incisors, quite an apt look for him this Halloween. As mentioned above, I liked how easy and hassle free to dress Kai up in, especially as he was in a particularly uncooperative mood this morning. The headpiece is a sweet touch too with it’s pointy ears – I haven’t seen one like that before. You get a lot for the set – trousers, top, a lined cape, the headpiece and some nifty little velcroed shoe covers so trainers don’t spoil the authentic vampire look.

We didn’t like: Like most toddlers Kai hates anything being on his head for long, so the headpiece stayed on for all of, ooh, five seconds. The cape is fastened to the headpiece so no headpiece, no cape and without the cape the Woolworths Vampire Costume quickly ends up looking like some piece of weird medieval dress-wear. I would have preferred Kai to be able to wear the cape on it’s own, once the headpiece inevitably got pulled off, especially as this is the one part of the set I can imagine could have been used past Halloween for dressing up or role play. I have to admit though, I’m not sure I’d want to wear the head piece myself. I tried it on to try and cajole Kai into wearing it for a photo and it was pretty hot and uncomfortable. The quality is disappointing too – the ruff had frayed and pulled with half an hour of Kai playing in it.

Overall: The Woolworths Vampire Costume is a budget buy with a lot for your money, but by no means the most spectacular costume I’ve seen and the quality is very disappointing. The pointy-eared headpiece and the cape are definitely the highlights of the set. But that’s only if you can persuade your toddler to keep them on!

[By Josie]

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