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Pirates have long been a source of fascination to kids.
There's something strangely glamorous about the sea-faring bandits, with their grand old ships adorned with skull and crossbones flags and their legendarily bloodthirsty ways. We see their images constantly replicated in films and TV shows (what child isn't in awe of the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow?).
Is it their instantly-recognisable catchphrases that makes them so intriguing and watchable? Or perhaps (most likely, in our opinion), their attire? The stripes, the eye patch, the pirate hat - there's no denying, whatever barbaric behaviour these villains got up to in their ceaseless pursuit of treasure, that they had style.
So, whether for Halloween or a dress-up party, what better costume to invest in than a kids' pirate costume? There are tons on the market that offer all the essential pirate accessories. Will you have a miniature sea captain on your hands, or perhaps a more generic little swashbuckler?
Take a look at our selection of the coolest pirate-themed costumes and take your pick. For more kids' Halloween costumes, check out our best picks here, or take a look at the best baby fancy dress ideas.
Our Top Choice
Sincere Party 8 Piece Kids' Pirate Costume
This kids' pirate costume from Sincere Party is a really comprehensive set. The ragged black and red striped bottoms paired with the printed skull and crossbones top will really have your child looking the part, whilst the many fun accessories that come with it are sure to spark imaginative play. We love the thought that's gone into the set; the eye patch, bandana, compass, treasure map, coin bag and cutlass sword make up a true pirate essentials kit that is sure to delight any child! Fun pirate fancy dress at a great price.
- Price: £12.95-14.99
- Age: 5-10
Best Costume For Quality
Melissa & Doug Pirate Role Play Costume Set
Melissa & Doug are well-known for producing beautiful, well-designed children's products, and this pirate costume is no exception. Though the price is a little higher than some of the other costumes on this list, it feels a lot better quality, made with more durable fabrics, well-executed design and lots of thoughtful details; we particularly like the embroidered vest.
- Price: £22.99
- Age: 3-6
Best Costume For Girls Under 5
Rubie's Little Lass Pirate Costume
This cute little red and black skirted costume is perfect for little girls (or boys, if they're so inclined!) with a penchant for all things pirate. The flowing skirt allows for freedom of movement and the pirate hat is everything a pirate hat should be. Sizes do run a little small so consider getting a size up if you want it to last.
- Price: £10.99-12.99
- Age: 3-8
Best Costume For Boys Under 5
Tu Stripy Pirate Costume
This three-piece pirate outfit is great for kids under 5. Handily, it has all the gear printed on the t-shirt rather than included as separate pieces, meaning there's less to lose and no sharp accessories or attachments to cause injury to younger kids. The outfit is cute, comfortable and easy to put on and take off. Though we think boys look great in it it's completely gender-neutral, so there's nothing to stop your little girl enjoying it, too! Smaller sizes would also make for a great toddler pirate costume.
- Price: £12-14
- Age: 1-10
Best Costume For Girls Under 10
Sincere Party Girls' Pirate Costume
This fun pirate dress is a great option for girls under 10. It's easy to pull on and the puffed sleeves, double-layered skirt and metallic detailing make for a beautifully-designed pirate costume perfect for a Halloween or fancy dress party. It's machine washable, too.
- Price: £14.99
- Age: 3-10
Best Costume For Design
Tu Blue Pirate Costume
This two-piece pirate costume has many more intricate design features than your basic stripes. Boasting red frills, gold fringing, a glittery belt and a skull and crossbones print motif, it's a more interesting design that a lot of the other costumes on the market. Starting at £12, it's great value, too.
- Price: £12-15
- Age: 2-12
Best For Families On A Budget
Rubie's Official Children's Raggy Pirate Costume
Halloween can get expensive; the sweets, the costumes, the decorations and props all add up, and often kids will only get one or two uses out of your annual purchases. If you're looking for a costume that looks the part but won't cost you an arm and a leg, this three-piece pirate outfit is a good way to go. It includes a raggedy shirt with waistcoat and belt, black and red striped trousers and a cool striped bandana with a skull and crossbones emblem, all for under a tenner.
- Price: £9.60-9.75
- Age: 3-8
Best Captain Costume
Tacobear Pirate Costume For Kids With Pirate Accessories
Forget the ripped and ragged look of your run-of-the-mill kids' pirate costume, this get-up is much more refined - the kind of outfit fit for a captain! Complete with a smart black jacket, red trousers with pirate boots that fit cleverly over your child's shoes, a proper captain hat and a host of fun accompanying accessories, this set will have your child looking and feeling like the commander of their own pirate ship in no time.
- Price: £19.99
- Age: 4-6
Best Costume For Boys Under 10
Sincere Party Children's Pirate Costume
This classic black, white and red pirate costume has all features your child could want: a striped top, red belt, skull and crossbones hat, eye patch and sword. The costume itself is an all-in-one that's easy to pull on and off and do up with velcro. Like most Halloween costumes, it's not made of the sturdiest material, but is great for trick or treating or a fancy dress party.
- Price: £13.99-14.99
- Age: 3-8
Best Accessories Set
Robelli Kids Pirate Fancy Dress Costume Accessory Set
If you've already got a kids' pirate costume or are improvising with clothes you've found at home, this accessory set could make a great addition. A proper pirate hat and eye patch are real necessities for all pirate costumes, and the compass, map, revolver, sword and treasure money this set includes are the perfect adornments to add authenticity to any outfit and stimulate adventurous play.
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- Price: £12.99
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Originally from Manchester, Olivia has spent the last couple of years living between Toronto and Vancouver. She now works as a freelance writer in London and loves literature, travel and eating anything sweet. Her love of spending time with children began when she worked as an au pair in Paris.