Pirates seem to be one of the go-to themes for children’s costumes. Whether for Halloween, fancy dress parties, or world book day –  a pirate outfit always seems to fit the bill! Pirates work well for all ages, and can be made girly as well as boyish – it’s such a versatile theme. We recently had a Jake and the Neverland Pirate party and Mr T and Mr R loved dressing up in their Jake pirate costumes. In fact, Mr T has worn his pirates head band most days since then!

kids pirate costumes - great ideas for Halloween, birthdays, world book day, talk like a pirate day or just plain "for no reason" fun!

There’s a great variety of pirate costumes for kids around  (all of the above pictured pirate costumes are currently available on the Tesco websitewhich you can buy for very reasonable prices. If you look around after Halloween you can often find children’s dress up clothes reduced and stock up on lots for your dressing up box (in our house we call it the Imagination Box and keep lots of role play accessories in there too!)

As well as being lots of fun, playing dress-up is great for children’s development so it’s a great idea to keep costumes available all year round. Through socio-dramatic play children are learning social skills and negotiation with one another, and by playing out imaginary roles it can help them to make sense of the world around them and process things they have seen or heard. It can allow them to extend their play from what they have read in books or watched in children’s TV shows, and to let their imagination run wild!

I love to see my boys playing imaginary games together and pirates is always a favourite choice. Pirates have such a timeless appeal as I fondly remember going to pirate themed parties as a child too!


The shop bought costumes are so handy when you want to grab a few different styles to keep ready in the dressing up box. If you want to try your hand at making your own, maybe for Halloween or a Pirate party, why not try some of these easy ideas:

DIY Pirate Costume for KidsNo Sew Pirates Costume from Artsy Momma

girls pirate tutu costume from red ted art

Easy Pirate Tutu Costume for girls from Red Ted Art

DIY parrot costume for kids - great to go alongside a pirate costume!Or why not dress one child as a pirate and one as a parrot with this DIY parrot costume from Mom Endeavors. How cool!

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