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Five Star Reviews:
My 4 year old Granddaughter loved this. I got her a 3/4 & it ...
August 25, 2017
My 4 year old Granddaughter loved this. I got her a 3/4 & it fits her great. Her Mom had to hide the crown & dress to save for her dress up day....she was wearing it everyday.
August 15, 2017
Generously sized nice quality has held up during many princess mermaid dress up play sessions
Halloween was a hit
May 6, 2017
This was great for the price. She still wears it to dress up in . Everyone commented on how cute she was.
Adorable! I ordered the x-small and it's too long ...
October 9, 2015
Adorable! I ordered the x-small and it's too long for my 6 year old but I'm going to take it up a little bit. Super cute outfit and it fits well. I shopped around and this had a much better price. What a great buy!
November 1, 2013
5 stars because it was less than $20 and took us to 2 events!We purchased this costume for 2013 Halloween. My daughter went to a Halloween Ball and Trick or Treating.The color is exactly as shown in the picture. The tiara comes with the costume, but not the seaweed boa-we purchased that separately (and it was perfect too!). The tiara does not have little teeth to hold it in place, so I used mini clips and it didn't budge.The sequins fall off, as stated in other reviews. It seems like a lot if you look on the floor, but does not seem to make a difference in the presentation of the costume. As my daughter walked, she still shimmered.As for fit, my daughter is a size 10 and is 70 pounds while her height is 53 inches. We took the medium and it fit perfectly. The only problem we had was the fishtail. I pinned it slightly so that she could walk without stepping on it, and it still looked like a mermaid tail and hid her feet.For the tiara, I embellished it with rhinestones and added ribbon so that it would fall behind her. I also created a starfish wand.
October 1, 2010
I have a 6 year old girl. We live in Michigan so October gets cold. I was so happy to find this costume with sleeves! Many of these tiny costumes are too cold for our weather. We still go door to door at halloween so this costume is perfect. People stated this costume ran big but ours did not run that big. I figured if this costume ran big it was better it was big and I could take it up but that was not the case for us. Its a big wide at the bottom for the tail. I think when we walk around outside I will pin it at the waist, so it don't get dirty. It does come with a cheapy head band and the sea shells fall off. I would suggest getting something else in place of that. Over all we are extremely happy with the costume!
Very happy with our purchase!
July 25, 2017
This was a birthday present for my 7 year old son. He loves it. He is an average sized 7 year old and it fit him perfectly.
We gave this to our 3 year old grandson, ...
July 19, 2016
We gave this to our 3 year old grandson, and he loves it! It is well-made and realistic. The only problem is that he won'tctake it off!
Great price for endless play!
December 23, 2015
My son wears this over and over again. I've had to sew some of the seams because it started coming apart when we first got it. However, it's held up ever since I did it.
The fit was perfect and the placement of all the muscles and designs ...
December 13, 2015
My five-year old son wore this to a costume-themed birthday party at a bounce house event - needless to say, this was tested to its limits of fit and comfort! The fit was perfect and the placement of all the muscles and designs was spot-on. During the four hours he had it on, he never once asked to take it off or complained of discomfort. He only took the mask off after about an hour of bouncing and dunking basketballs, so that tells you they really can see pretty well through the mask. Would definitely recommend this for any little wanna-be wall crawler.
November 13, 2015
It's a little big for a there year old but so cute! He has worn it all day and doesn't want to take it off. Great quality!
great buy for your little guy
May 19, 2015
My kid loves being Superheros! We added this to his dress up box last Xmas. He loves it! It's a typical costume quality but I really like that the mask was material instead of that cheap plastic with a rubber band that you can't breathe out. Overall I would buy again if I needed too.
Four Star Reviews:
for my 4y. o. (2017 halloween).. ...
September 3, 2017
for my 4y.o. (2017 halloween)...she is right at 40lbs and 41in tall....it was too tight to slip over her head....so, she stepped into it and was able to get into it...a lil tight getting her arms in...once it was on, it fit perfectly.....it is too long (even for a mermaid look)...we will pin it up in the back when it's time to wear it.
so very cute and made fun play time dress up outfit
May 8, 2017
just what I needed to add to dress up box. Found on sale and it is so cute. It is well played with and lasting fine.
The quality wasn't even good enough to hold up for one night (Halloween)
March 7, 2017
The quality wasn't even good enough to hold up for one night (Halloween). It was SUPER cute and she loved it, but the bottom was shredded since it's impossibly long (she's 6 and we got the 6, and it was about 4" too long)
For the price this was a perfect Halloween costume and now she plays dress up with ...
March 20, 2016
For the price this was a perfect Halloween costume and now she plays dress up with it. It' was really long, so we had to fold it over so she wouldn't trip on it. Also, the little sequins are glued and not sewn so they fall off all over the place. She has had it though for 6 months now an still plays dress up in it.
Well made costume but watch the sizing
January 23, 2015
You can't say no to a daughter begging to be Ariel for Halloween. This costume is well made and has since survived multiple sessions of dress-up since its initial debut on October 31st. It has lost a few sequins but that is standard fare for a regularly used costume.The biggest issue with this costume seems to be sizing. I ordered a M 3-4 for my daughter. At the time, she was rather small for her age of 5 years. Her standard clothing size ranged from 5T to Girls XS 4/6. It fit her well. There was a little room in the shoulders, but overall no complaints. She looked perfectly splendid for Halloween and continues to do so with each dress up session.
September 22, 2014
adorable... the 4-6 is about 8 inches too long for my almost 5 year old, but fit everywhere else pretty good... a little baggy, but that's ok we will have to have underclothes on anyways... it's known to snow here on Halloween in good ol' Oregon. will also need to reinforce the fin so they flare out... they look pretty wilted. otherwise super cute, and have not had any problems with the sequins. the crown is pretty cheesy, but I was planning on making my little girl one with real shells and starfish anyways... overall, she's happy with it and so am I! It's very age appropriate compared to some of the other ones out there...
Grandson loved them!
November 29, 2016
Got these for our grandson. He loved them along with his spider man costume. It helped complete the look. The site was perfect for him. He is 8. He's very slim. Noproblem with the fit.
Overall a great costume! The size runs a little bit small
October 31, 2016
Overall a great costume! The size runs a little bit small, I got this for my 9 year old daughter who normally wears a size 7/8 and this costume fit her pretty well. I would suggest if your child is a size 10 you should really consider going up a size to a large. The material is a little bit on the thin side and there are only two small Velcro closures on the back (you may need a safety pin) but this is a great choice for the price!
A few adjustments to be made....
March 29, 2016
My 3 year old loves it! The material seems to be holding up well so far, and he has spent many hours in it. No runs!However, the velcro pieces on the back are small and thin, so the costume tends to open often, which causes it to shift. Also, the mask does not have much breathing room, so we just made the holes for the nose bigger, and he has been able to wear comfortably for long periods of time.
my four year old nephew loved them. They are not as big as the ...
December 7, 2015
Although they did not match the spider man costume, my four year old nephew loved them. They are not as big as the picture would lead you to believe. They have to be worn barefoot or worn inside the shoes as they are too small to go over the shoes.There is a piece of velcro that is meant for closing the top portion. but it does not stretch and was too small for my four year old's legs.
Great Shirt, the quality is ok but my son ...
December 7, 2015
Great Shirt, the quality is ok but my son loved the mask. I just need to be careful when drying the shirt in order to keep the print intact.
My son loves this costume, i had to fix ...
September 1, 2014
My son loves this costume, i had to fix it a bit because it was too big for him but we made it work!
Three Star Reviews:
Cute and Convenient
September 20, 2017
Cute but top seems to fit smaller so it'll be a tight fit, which is a concern because my daughter will need to wear a light sweater under it for warmth. Very much a costume piece, I doubt it'll last past our first trick or treat event, thin fabric isn't made to last. I do like that it's a one piece design though, no velcro straps to worry about, I appreciate convenience.
All the green sparkles started to fall down even before ...
October 28, 2016
All the green sparkles started to fall down even before first time wear. Fall down completely (making item look terrible) after first laundry.
My daughter was really excited, so we kept it ...
September 30, 2016
My daughter was really excited, so we kept it, but I had to hem 7 (!!!!!!!) inches off the waist and cuff the sleeves. I bought the smallest size, my daughter is 4 and average height. Get your sewing machines ready, buyers.
December 13, 2015
this costume didn't last long... the under side of the tail was all torn up just from walking in it for a short amount of time... we ended up cutting it out and she was still able to wear it for Halloween. I wouldn't purchase this again as I like for my kids to continue to wear their costumes to dress up in after Halloween... but if you only want it for one night, it will work.
WARNING! This costume runs EXTREMELY LARGE.
August 24, 2015
I bought the smallest one offered; size XS (4/6) for my 5 year old and it was HUGE; literally a foot or more too long. It actually fit my older 8 year old daughter who's a size 8. My 5 year old was devastated. Now we will start from scratch again to look for a new costume. I must say though, it is a very nice costume, but it should come with the "seaweed" boa though. 5 stars for quality, 1 star for "true to size", cause it's not.
Too large as reviewed by others
October 28, 2014
This was not a Prime purchase, which burn't me. They do not refund costumes that are purchased in October only exchanges. Time was too short and I did not feel like paying for additional shipping. Good quality on the costume, so I will give it a 3, but over all I will not by from this vendor again because at the end of the day it cost me $30 for a costume that will not be worn this year, and probably will be too small for next.
( looks good but didint fit my kid he was so disappointed ...
April 26, 2017
runs small :( looks good but didint fit my kid he was so disappointed he was expecting to used on his b-day i order the large it said is 10-12 my son is 9 it was very small for him
Not what I expected!
December 1, 2016
Are not boot covers. Fits more like slipper socks. Would have given it two stars if my son had not liked them so much.
Not as pictured!
September 5, 2016
My son was pleased with this so we kept it, but I am very frustrated that it is regal was pictured. I chose this costume vs the others because the bottoms had the actual Spider-Man design instead of being plain blue. Of course we recieved a costume with plain blue legs. Also the red of the hood is a different shade than the red of the costume. It's the little things, and this costume fails on those. It's made about as well as any of them though,but will get us through Halloween.
The mask only had small holes for the nose. ...
December 21, 2015
The mask only had small holes for the nose. Not very practical if you want a child to wear it for a long period of time. I had to cut around the nose and mouth so my son would be able to wear it for Halloween.
October 28, 2015
They were a different shade of red, didn't match the costume at all .
Cute- my toddler grandkids will like them. Kind of flimsy so not sure how ...
March 20, 2015
Cute- my toddler grandkids will like them. Kind of flimsy so not sure how long they'll last. But I knew to expect that, thanks to comments by the other reviewers.
Two Star Reviews:
It was okay. The bottom kept falling apart and ...
November 1, 2016
It was okay. The bottom kept falling apart and ripping. The top looked okay. My daughter said it was really itchy so she had to put something under it to help with that. Besides the bottom being really cheaply made it got the job done.
... cute nothing special not very true to size was pretty big on my 7 year old
November 27, 2015
It's cute nothing special not very true to size was pretty big on my 7 year old. Shipping was a nightmare I ordered this for her to wear at her tea party didn't come when it said (it may have been the carriers fault in all fairness) so I had to run to the Disney store and buy one THEN ITARRIVED THE SAME TIME HER PARTY GUEST ARRIVED.
it would be perfect, but I had to pin and re-pin all ...
November 6, 2015
I picked it because it had long sleeves for trick or treating, and that part worked, but it was waaaaaaay too long for walking (I ordered an x-small, which says 4-6; my daughter is 5.5 and tall for her age). If your kid just needs to sit on a rock looking mermaidy, it would be perfect, but I had to pin and re-pin all night so my daughter didn't trip. By the end of the night the lining of the fins was torn and it was just a mess so I tossed it.
it looked like I had let her wear some nasty old worn ...
November 1, 2015
Despite reading all of the reviews , I went with this costume anyway. It definitely runs big. And LONG. The bottom of the fins are trashed after just walking around for 40 minutes in her school parade and a small Boo at the local Park. By Halloween, it looked like I had let her wear some nasty old worn out costume.
Runs VERY large- cheap headband
August 21, 2015
It was very cute my daughter loved it however the size was much larger than the indicates size on the description. My daughter is a tall size 4/5 this fit as if it was a size 8. The headband it came with tore apart the first day the shells popped off.
I don't get it!
October 4, 2014
I took measurements of our seven year old and used the size chart to determine what size to buy. Based on all but a few measurements, I should have purchased a small, but I went ahead and ordered a medium. Our daughter tried it on last night and the sleeves come just past her elbows and the bottom of the costume to mid calf. Our daughter is 54" tall. Needless to say it looks odd and nothing like the picture. *sigh* Also, some of the sequins are coming off & we only took it out of the package and had one quick try on!
April 5, 2017
Ripped within an hour of wearing it
February 5, 2017
These gloves fit very weird on my 5 year olds hands. The finger length is perfect but they are big as well as the rest of the glove. Keep looking.
The costume itself was wonderful. The mask was a size to small
November 21, 2016
The costume itself was wonderful. The mask was a size to small. I had to cut the back of it so that my son's head could fit and he could see out of it.
August 29, 2015
Way too big for a child! They fit me and I'm an adult woman. Also, flimsy - for costume only an will not keep warm. We doubled-up and put real gloves on underneath for Halloween trick or treat (the only benefit to them being massively sized!)
Red is nice - hard to match, very thin material
June 1, 2015
The red is actually a very nice color, just hard to match. The socks gather at the ankle, lacks in the quality department.
Spiderman Costume Bummer
April 14, 2015
Quality of fabric and color are good, but costume is not true to size. Mask is too small/snug on head, does not cover neck and offers little visibility. Will be returning.
One Star Reviews:
Terrible quality. The part where it's supposed to look ...
September 20, 2017
Terrible quality. The part where it's supposed to look like pink bra is not gathered at all, that stitch is missing. Looks like someone stopped working on it half way and just suffer into the package.
and it's adorable. On the other hand
January 6, 2017
I got the product a while back, and my daughter finally gets to wear it for the first time today because it runs so big. Anyhow, today is her first day wearing it, and it's adorable. On the other hand, I am very disappointed because at least 50 of the sequins has falling out already and she may not even wear it again after this one time. I understand if I had washed it or something and it got loosen up, but it's only been hanging up all year.
A lot of money for poor quality product
October 31, 2016
Snags, unravelling after 15 minutes of play,and my granddaughter isn't rough on costumes. The sizing is way off as well. The skirt is so narrow she has difficulty walking. A lot of money for poor quality product.
Good for one-time use only
August 27, 2015
The costume looks quite good on, but beware the washing instruction: you're not allowed to wash it! This is children's costume to be worn by… children! Of course we're going to need to wash it. We put it through our machine on its gentlest, shortest cycle and now all the sequins on the body are falling off and making a huge mess.
Cute, but sheds glitter all over the house
December 15, 2014
This is not a high quality costume. It was shedding the sequins from the first time she put it on. I like to let the kids play with their Halloween costumes throughout the next year, but this one was quickly disposed of. Not worth the cost.
April 15, 2013
While shopping on Amazon for an Ariel costume for my grandaughters 4th birthday I considered this costume. After reading numerous reviews about sizing I decided against the purchase. Unfortunately the item was in my cart along with another costume & several other items. After check out I realized I had accidently purchased this costume. I contacted the seller to cancel the purchase however they claimed the item had already shipped (not an Amazon Prime, shipped immediately??). I was told to wait until the item arrived, then file a return.When I filed for the return I was told I would be charged shipping/handling as well as a 20% restock fee. Buyer beware. To fit into this XS my "tall for her age" 40 pound four year old would need to be at least a foot taller. Email received from the seller basically blamed Amazon because their size charts do not correspond to "their" sizing and they cannot change the Amazon charts. I suggest the seller change YOUR sizing to correspond to the posted charts. A XS is an XS is an XS. Read your reviews before you purchase this one! Amazon stands by their customers and provided a refund, thank you Amazon. I will not purchase from Pure Costumes again.
May 26, 2017
Piece of garbage....not worth the price son is so disappointed its a rag after 1 week
Purchased a replacement and it came with a seam at the waist sewn incorrectly so it looks funny. Very disappointed and my 4 year
May 24, 2017
Purchased this and it came torn. Purchased a replacement and it came with a seam at the waist sewn incorrectly so it looks funny. Very disappointed and my 4 year old was super upset!
February 25, 2017
Material is absolutely horrible
holes began to open up all over the custom this was horrible! I have ordered customs from Rubies before and ...
June 6, 2016
This item was for an 8 year old so I ordered the medium and it fits right on. But as soon as my little brother put this on, holes began to open up all over the custom this was horrible! I have ordered customs from Rubies before and this is my first bad experience.
Way too big
September 24, 2015
Huge!!!! The package says for ages 8+ but that is nowhere on the description here.
August 29, 2015
These were too big on the wrists for little kids. Wish they were tighter.
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