Jake has been a huge superhero fan since he was about two years old, and he’s worn all of his Halloween costumes until they pretty much fell apart, so I was really excited about this review opportunity from Costume Supercenter, especially since Halloween is still months away, making it hard to find good costumes locally. Since we already have Spiderman and Star Wars costumes, I went straight to the Batman costumes to pick out my review item. Jake has been trying to make his own out of tape and construction paper, but sadly, we’re just not that crafty. Okay, fine, I’m just not that crafty. I’d love to be one of those moms who can whip out some fabric, plug in the sewing machine, and create a masterpiece an hour later, but it took me a year just to learn how to thread my machine. To date, the only thing I seem capable of sewing is a square pillow. Well, kind of a square, more like a lopsided rectangle. Alas, I will not be whipping up an awesome Caped Crusader costume anytime soon. So that leaves me with the store-bought ones.

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The problem is, as I mentioned, it is not even close to Halloween, so none of the stores have costumes out right now. The two stores in our area that carry costumes year round are astronomically expensive. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Costume Supercenter’s costumes are pretty reasonably priced. I went with the Dark Knight Deluxe Muscle Chest Costume, which retails for $29.99. It comes with the suit, belt and headpiece. I ordered a medium because Jake is at that awkward stage where the small stuff is too small but the medium is a little big. I’d rather go big and have it last longer than have him outgrow it in a week, especially at the rate he’s growing.

As you can see, it’s just a little big, but still fits well enough that he can move around and play in it without an issue. Look at those muscles! Jake loves the idea of having huge muscles. The costume is really well-made- nice, strong fabric, Velcro closures on the back, and an easy-to-adjust belt that ties around the waist. I also appreciate the fact that it has a wide enough opening to step into, as sometimes we end up ripping costumes because they don’t leave enough room in the main opening. But this one was very easy to put on and take off.   The belt is Jake’s favorite part (he’s easy to please, remember that prior to this he was taping construction paper around his waste and calling it a Batman belt!). He’s played with that more than anything, although the costume gets plenty of play as well.

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Look at that happy face! He was squinting a little from the sun (which has made an appearance for a whopping twenty minutes this week, or so it seems!), so it looks a little lopsided, but it actually fits very nicely on his little head. Costume Supercenter shipped it out to me lightning fast too. I’ll definitely be looking there first when it comes time to pick out our Halloween costumes.

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