Parents be warned, this Purim your sons will be dressing up as Caribbean pirates, super heroes and cartoon characters such as Bob the Builder, Sonic, Batman, Superman and Zaka rescue team members.
The girls will be masquerading as the popular Japanese cartoon character InuYasha, pirates, or the mega celebrity Dora – an irksome English teacher under the guise of a cute little girl who teaches English.
Two years ago frustrated parents flocked to the toy stores looking for Bratz outfits that arrived late. This year the costumes arrived on time, and they will be hung on the hangers alongside the biggest competitor, Barbie.
Holiday price tagThe price of children's Purim costumes can often reach outrageous sums of up to NIS 300 (about USD 70), such as the costume of a boy riding a horse. But the Batman costume is available for half that price.
The Toys "R" Us chain has exclusive rights to Disney characters, and toddlers can dress up as Bambi and Dumbo the flying elephant. Standard costumes are available at online shopping stores and include clowns, tigers, rabbits, lions, beetles and the Teletubbies. Prices range between NIS 20-120 (about USD 5-28).
Children from the religious sector or secular children looking for more traditional costumes can purchase them at the Kfar HaShashuim toy store. Costumes in keeping with the Jewish spirit include Joseph and the coat of many colors, Moses, Hassidic dress, an Ovadia Yossef outfit, fur hats and even Zaka rescue team costumes.
Girls can chose from Queen Esther and Vashti outfits for NIS 40-70 (about USD 10-16.50).