What is it about the wall-crawling web-slinger that our little ones love so much? From the age of 2-5, my son had a Spiderman costume he'd wear throughout the year for pretend play. Now his favorite costume piece is a Spidey-mask.
With the comics, the recent movies, and the various cartoon series, little boys and girls have plenty of choices in dressing up as their favorite superhero.
I've combed through multiple online costume vendors to pick out the best to show you.
Photo by Julie, Dave, & Family
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This set ranges from the iconic colors from the comics to the darker inspiration of the Amazing reboot. Each jumpsuit or bunting comes with a hood with lots of open face-space appropriate for this age group.
Amazing Spiderman Costume With Full Hood:
The Amazing Spider-Man Classic Toddler Costume.
The dark blue and red jumpsuit and hood are fully printed to give a similar appearance to the movie costume.
Many little ones do not like their faces covered. If your child is fine with that, and wants the full coverage mask like Spidey wears in the movies, this is the costume to get.
Available in size 3T-4T.
Spider-man Toddler Muscle Chest Costumes:
Little tough guys and gals love the padded muscle chests of these costumes, and they look precious, too. Available in your choice of the classic comic book colors or the Amazing Spider-man reboot costume style.
Spiderman Face Painting:
If you prefer to finish off with face paint, here's a great tutorial for an adorable Spidey-inspired look.
The officially licensed Spiderman Makeup Kit comes with red and white cakes, two brushes, and a black makeup crayon for outlines. The packaging includes step-by-step photos, as well:
Spider-man was created in 1962. He has inspired generations of children as well as adults with his everyman persona, dealing with real problems and trying, in spite of everything, to be a hero. As I was putting this page together, I wondered how soon after Peter Parker appeared in comics were children already clamoring to wear his costume. It's amazing to think how many children over the years have done.
I found a neat collector site, Spidermancollector.net, where you can see photos of classic toys and costumes, if you're curious, as I was. There are early masks dating 1963 and 1965 in the first pages of the Toy Archive. Lots of fun vintage Spiderman things to see there.