One Step Ahead Costume & Treat Bag Review & Giveaway

One Step Ahead is a great resource for all sorts of things that can making parenting and childhood lots of fun! They are also a great source for holiday items, including Halloween costumes! Let's start by visiting their Facebook page, and liking it! Tell them that Amanda over at Adventures of Mommyhood sent you for some spooky fun! You see, I have a monkey costume and a treat pail that I want to tell you about, but then, the kind folks at One Step Ahead have said that one of you lucky readers will win an in-stock costume for Halloween and a treat pail too! Pretty awesome, right?

I got our monkey in the mail and was ecstatic when I opened it! It is so soft and fuzzy! My son is almost 19 months and weighs 26 pounds and is of average height for his age. He fit into the 18-24 month size perfectly. (It also allowed for room to wear some layers to allow for the wide range of midwestern weather fluctuations!)

This is adorable, right? This soft spider treat bucket is perfect for first-time trick-or-treaters. It doesn't hold too much candy (so the kiddos and the parents won't have quite a much temptation!) If you're like us, we take our toddler to grandparents and maybe a few friends, but that's pretty much it. They don't stay in costume long, typically, and it gets dark here around 5pm, so it makes the night short.

We do also go to events and parties that are specifically for toddler-aged children and are family friendly, but usually we don't end up with gobs of candy like you did as an older kid! So, this treat pail is perfect for our family's needs.

The Lil' Monkey was perfect for our little monkey. He usually hates wearing hats and has been spoiled going barefoot most of the summer, so has been rejecting footwear as well. He put this costume on with his dad and went truckin' outside for monkey adventures! It was adorable and I love that the hat is actually a good wind/weather break, without being too hot. It will probably hover around 25-30 degrees when we're out and about this year, so we plan for layering and warmth!

The "hat" part of the costume as well as the little monkey feet!

The little monkey belly button is the cutest detail! This costume also has a wire-form tail that wags as your child walks--another adorable addition. The costume was easy for my son to walk, crouch, sit and even run in. This costume could fit a kiddo even a little taller than my 33" son. It had extra room but no so much as to pose problems and become dangerous.

We have an event at our local zoo, a family center Halloween night, and the annual visitations to all of the relatives to look forward to. I know they are going to just go crazy for the Lil' Monkey this year! I love so much about this costume. The only issue I had at all was that when unzipping it for the first time (it camed zipped up, so I had to unzip to put it on my boy) the zipper zipped right off the tracks and I was left holding the metal zipper pull. The zipper is quality material and we were able to slip it right back onto the tracks, then we added a small gold safety pin, to ensure it wouldn't happen again. Whether or not it was an isolated incident, I cannot say, but either way it was minor.

Here is the safety pin. Quick fix. No further issues..

Some of the cool features of the costume include:
Easy to put on costume.
Warm but not suffocating.
Room for layering.
Soft material.
Easy entry snaps along the inner legs for diaper changes.
Here's one leg snapped down. The snaps go all the way to the feet, so you can unsnap it all the way--full access to the diaper or for those potty-trained toddlers, quick release for potty breaks!

I get a One Step Ahead catalog each season and am thrilled when I receive the new one! There are so many really neat items to browse--both fun and practical.

There are things that I cannot get anywhere else where I live. Walmart, Target, and Kmart pretty much sum up the diversity of the "city" of less than 15,000 which is a half hour drive for us. It's much more convenient for me, for some items, to just have them shipped to the house.

One Step Ahead generally has great deals on shipping for bigger orders, so that's a bonus too! They have clothes for your kiddo and toys too! Things to keep them safe (and save some wear and tear on your home too!) Make sure to sign up to be put on their mailing list! Each catalog is so fun to browse! It's also a great tool for when Grandpa and Grandma start asking for gift ideas!

I could literally spend hours perusing the pages of the One Step Ahead website! There are so many great categories and special holiday sections! Halloween and Holiday sections are up right now on their mainpage, as well as a Fall category and a Sale section, too!


To enter to win your own costume (one that's in-stock) and a treat bag, enter below on the easy Rafflecopter form! Make sure to visit the One Step Ahead Facebook page and tell them THANK YOU for the great giveaway!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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*Disclaimer* I was provided a costume and treat bag for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.*


  1. I totally understand your comment: "There are things that I cannot get anywhere else where I live. Walmart, Target, and Kmart pretty much sum up the diversity of the "city" of less than 15,000 which is a half hour drive for us. It's much more convenient for me, for some items, to just have them shipped to the house." That's the same situation with me. Many times it IS much easier just to order online or through catalogs. It also saves money in terms of gasoline and wear and tear on the car.

  2. CUTE!!! I thought about letting my youngest daughter be a monkey for Halloween and that's the exact costume I looked at!