The kids are that little bit older now, here are some birthday party ideas and costume inspiration for parties of this age range...
The party years from 8-13 offer up yet another new treasure chest of costume party possibilities. With Disney Princesses generally out of fashion by the time they hit eight, girls this age and upwards tend to like a cool teen dress up or realistic animal suit. And while the superhero suit will still cut it for the boys, Spiderman and Superman are slowly being replaced by the slightly more edgy superhero types, like Batman and Iron Man.
By the age of eight, a lot of little boys will have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Star Wars franchise, whether theyv'e experienced the original movies with grown ups who obsessed about them first time round, caught the controversial prequels of more recent years, or are part of the Lego Star Wars generation. A Darth Vader suit will be a winner at any Star Wars themed party. And if your birthday boy doesnt want to go full-dress up, he can stick to a mask and light saber. A light saber makes a pretty cool goody bag gift. Aside from the more obvious paper napkins, plates and cups, there is loads of DIY Star Wars party stuff you can do at home.
SCREEN TEENS & SPOOKS
TV shows like Monster High offer an ideal 8-13 costume code. You get to wear loads of eyeliner for starters ( a dream come true for a lot of pre-teens). In fact anything spooky works a treat for a Halloween party or a birthday bash. Whether its a scary bat a spooky skeleton morphsuit or some expertly applied vampire make-up inspired by the Twilight films.
As the male obsession with weaponry continues, so does the popularity of an army themed party. This is an easy one. You can pick up a kids camouflage suit on Amazon for a tenner. Or if this feels a little too realistic, you can go traditional tin soldier or bright green toy soldier style with a cool suit and a splash of green face paint. Send out invites â€˜Special Forces style, calling troops up for their important â€˜birthday mission.
The animal kingdom provides a whole worlds worth of kids party possibilities when it comes to dressing up. And the best thing about an animal theme is that you can take it as far as you feel like. Animal-loving extroverts will want to go all the way with a full body morphsuit while others will be happy to settle with a beastly mask or a splash of face paint and a decent pair of fangs.
Animals are a popular unisex party theme for this age group. Farm parties at real farms have become increasingly popular. And there's always a trip to the zoo if the birthday boy or girl is keen to check out some more exotic breeds (avoid peak times like school holidays and public holiday weekends if you want to avoid the really big crowds). Alternatively, you can invite the animals round to your house. Dress the kids up as animals as the next best thing. Some of our animal morphsuits are so realistic; you probably won't be able to tell the difference.