• Allison Lee Pillinger Choi

Halloween Costumes in the American Spirit

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

It's October, and we're knee-deep in colorful leaves and Halloween spirit!

In Primerrily spirit, any seasonal festivity is a reason to also celebrate America, and Halloween is no exception. With this year’s trick-or-treat scene likely less active than years’ past, the costume component will just have to make up for that! Here are Primerrily’s favorite costumes to incorporate Americana into your kids’ ultimate dress-up day. Ideas here are for ready-made purchase or DIY inspiration! And just a start. . . check out others who also dig a "red, white, and boo" patriotic Halloween!


Statue of Liberty

Don't forget the trick-or-treating tote. . . and tablet! Kid trivia: the tablet cradled in Lady Liberty's left arm reads the date of the Declaration of Independence, in Roman numerals, JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776).





George Washington



"It is better to offer no excuse than a bad." --George Washington

"It is better to offer treats than tricks." --Trick-or-treaters dressed as George Washington




Betsy Ross


"And fast her nimble fingers flew

To sew the stars upon the blue.

With weary eyes and aching head

She stitched the stripes of white and red"

-- excerpt from Betsy’s Battle Flag by Minna Irving



Frederick Douglass

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." --Frederick Douglass

"Hear, hear!" --Primerrily



Johnny Appleseed


"Do not worry about being worried; but accept worry peacefully. Difficult but not impossible." --Johnny Appleseed, aka John Chapman

"Sound advice for kids worried about parents taking their Halloween candy overnight." --Primerrily




Uncle Sam


"I want YOU... to take me trick-or-treating!"

--Trick-or-treater dressed as Uncle Sam







Abraham Lincoln