How often do you hear your child say, “I'm too old for this"? And how often do you as a parent reply, “But you're too young for that"? Welcome to the Tweens: a generation of fashion-conscious, fad-loving, filled-with-attitude youth. Your 12-year-old is so moody, she begs for attention one minute, and then pretends you don't exist the next. You want to keep your 10-year-old in pigtails, but she tells you all the girls are wearing belly shirts.
The word tween is used for children just before their teens “between" childhood and being teenagers, usually 9-12 years of age. Regardless of the exact age definition, most agree that the breaking point of a child becoming a tween is by the fifth grade (approximately ten years old), when he/she rejects more childlike images and associations and aspires to be more like a teenager.
Whether it's the media aging the child or that children are simply evolving faster these days, marketers have been quick to notice that the growing distinctions between childhood ages are pronounced enough to warrant products, services, retail stores and marketing tactics specific to the “tweener" age group, and Halloween costumes are no exception.
Finding the perfect Halloween costume isn't always easy, especially for “tweens". At that age kids won't be seen in a costume that makes them look like a baby, but from the parent's point of view, they're still a little too young for the dramatic teenager look. The decision of what costume to wear doesn't seem as important for boys as it does for girls, since girls can be a little more dramatic about their appearance at that age.
Today many online Halloween retailers carry collections geared directly toward the “Tween Scene", making it easier for parents and tweens to find a costume that makes everybody happy. Some of the more popular tween costumes last year were characters from hit movies such as; Hannah Montana, High School Musical and Harry Potter. However there are also the more traditional tween costumes such as; the pirate, witch, superhero or cheerleader.
So if you're considered a tween (between the ages of 9-12) or a parent of a tween, there's no need to fret the buying of the Halloween costume this year. There are so many great tween costumes on the market today the hardest decision you'll have to make is which one to buy!
Anna Bradford is an author and blogger for Halloween Express where you'll find the absolute largest selection of Halloween costumes and costume accessories available anywhere including the latest Teen Costumes and Sexy Costumes.