Make baby’s first Halloween special with these ideas for Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers. Tips for family themed costumes, what to look for at the store or ways to make your own DIY kid’s costumes on a budget. Put together outfits that work well for little ones using the practical advice in this article when dressing young children for a happy Halloween!
This article originally published Aug 17, 2018 and has been updated & republished with a new date.
Halloween Costumes for Babies and Toddlers
Each year when the fall season rolls around, I look forward to three things. Cooler temperatures, fall festivities and planning my kid’s Halloween costumes! Figuring out Halloween costumes for babies or toddlers is my favorite. As a parent, you’re in charge of coming up with the baby costume for Halloween, head to toe.
There are certain considerations before you buy or make your toddler or baby their costume. I’m sharing dozens of ideas on choosing the best Halloween costumes for toddlers and babies!
These are all the tips for baby costumes. Whether you choose to make your own Halloween costume, buy a costume online or at the store or simply put a costume together from the closet.
First I’ll give you a ton of ideas on how to choose the best toddler or baby costume for your kiddo. Then keep reading for the practical tips on purchasing costumes, making your own and how to do Halloween on a budget with your baby!
What Are the Best Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids?
While your preschooler and elementary aged kids are going to have strong opinions about their Halloween costumes, your baby and toddler have no choice in the matter. They’ll wear whatever you choose for them!
This article will offer up tons of fun ideas for baby’s first Halloween costume and how to choose toddler Halloween costumes. Keep reading for practical thoughts on ideal fabrics, choosing outfits based on temperature and maneuvering the all-important diaper change!
Family Halloween Costume Ideas
What costume are YOU going to wear for Halloween? If you have already planned your own Halloween costume, consider choosing a coordinating costume for your little one. There are so many wonderful Halloween costume ideas that include the whole family.
Allow siblings to choose the theme for a family focused costume. Older kids have a greater opinion on what to wear than the baby does! For ideas, just look to your favorite cartoon character, Disney movies, or favorite characters from story books. Purchase or make costumes in a theme for each person in the group.
Family Halloween Costume Ideas
- Alice in Wonderland characters- Alice, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Caterpillar, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
- Toy Story characters – Woody, Jessie, Rex, Hamm, Barbie, Bo Peep, Buzz Lightyear costume
- Scooby Doo characters – Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy, Pluto
- Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga & Roo, Owl, Christopher Robin
- Monsters Inc – Sully, Mike & Boo
- Super Hero family (everyone choose a different super hero character) – Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Loki, Incredibles character
- Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Michael, John, Lost Boys
- Encanto characters – Mirabel, Bruno, Isabela, Luisa, Antonio
- Frozen characters – Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, Sven
- Sesame Street characters – Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Elmo, Grover
- Inside Out characters – Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, Fear, Riley, Bing Bong
- Mythical Creatures – like a unicorn, dragon, Pegasus, phoenix
- Little Mermaid – Ariel The Little Mermaid, Prince Eric Ursula, King Triton, Flounder, Sebastian
- Wizard of Oz characters – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Wicked Witch, Good Witch
- 101 Dalmations – My friend Tania at LolaLambchops has the cutest family costume for 101 Dalmatians you just have to see that includes Cruella!
- Star Wars characters – Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Stormtrooper, Yoda, Chewbacca, Ewok. Or go more current with the Mandalorian and Grogu (aka: Baby Yoda)
Halloween Costume Sibling Coordination
If the entire family isn’t on board, another option is to create a baby costume that goes with an older sibling’s Halloween ensemble. I created this 10-minute scarecrow costume for my toddler the year that his older sister dressed like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. A pair of overalls, plaid shirt, a floppy hat and a few random strands of raffia completed the look.
Cute Halloween Costumes for Babies
Babies and toddlers are just so cute. Up the cuteness factor by dressing your little sweeties in adorable costumes that match their personality! There are many gender neutral Halloween costumes for your little guy or baby girl.
These choices in particular are perfect for hand-me-downs and may be easier to resell for next Halloween as well. From cute animals to slightly spooky, these are some creative costume ideas:
- Wild Animal (like a monkey, bear, skunk, tiger, leopard, elephant, etc)
- Farm Animal (like a bunny, pig, cow, lamb)
- Family Pet (like a dog, cat, mouse)
- Ocean Animal (like an orca whale, shark, fish)
- Skeleton Bones
- Bugs or Insects (butterfly, ladybug, spider)
- Career (Doctor, Firefighter, Police Officer, etc)
- Fruits/Veggies/Foods/Condiments (like this Ketchup and Mustard costume set, perfect for twins!)
- Harry Potter or Hermione Granger
- Cat in the Hat/Thing One & Thing Two
- Sports Athlete (think baseball, football, soccer player)
DIY Halloween Costumes for Babies
If you have a creative streak, definitely consider sewing or putting together your own baby costume. Make your own Halloween DIY costume for baby and you can customize the look, fabrics, style and most importantly, the cost. With a few on-hand craft supplies and a baby onesie, it’s pretty simple to make a quick outfit for Halloween night.
If you need more tips on sewing your own Halloween costumes, I have 100+ tips and ideas for making budget Halloween costumes.
Baby Halloween Costumes Straight from the Closet
Fun costumes can be made on a tight budget. No need to buy when there’s an easy DIY!
Another great way to save money on your toddler’s Halloween costume is to choose items right from their closet. Put pieces together and pair with some accessories. You can easily make your own adorable newborn Halloween costume on a budget.
- Clown – choose the most colorful and most bold patterns.
- Little Rascals character – wear short pants, overalls, and newsboy cap.
- Mickey Mouse – black tee and leggings with a pair of red shorts. Add on a mouse-ears hood, instructions here!
- Cowboy/Cowgirl – pull out the denim jeans, boots and a red bandana.
- Bath Baby – dress in baby bathrobe then add a shower cap & rubber ducky.
- Puppy Dog – dressed in black, white or brown. Glue felt ears onto a beanie cap.
- Farmer – denim overalls, boots, and a straw hat
- Princess – dress up in the fanciest outfit and top with a tiny crown.
- Scarecrow – just like my son in the photo here, I put him in overalls, plaid shirt and a floppy hat, then added strips of raffia.
Funny Halloween Costumes for Babies
Humorous costume ideas for babies and toddlers that give everyone the giggles is what makes Halloween great for all.
I’m not personally a fan of snarky or costumes for kids that are based on adult themes. Maybe it’s just me, but I just don’t think it’s cute to have your baby dressed in a costume that’s pushing the boundaries of taste (no matter if it give people a good laugh). Here are a few funny costumes for babies and toddlers this Halloween.
- Garden Gnome
- Old Man or Old Lady
- Oompa Loompa from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
- Generational (like from the 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s)
- Sumo wrestler or Lucha Libre wrestler
- Famous people in history, like Mr. Rogers, Shirley Temple, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Elvis
- Fitness instructor, complete with tiny legwarmers & water bottle
- Muppets characters (like my cousin’s kids, dressed like Kermit the Frog and Fozzy Bear!)
Tips for Buying Halloween Costumes for a Baby
It’s not just about choosing cute baby Halloween costumes. There are important factors to be aware of before you pick. Make baby’s Halloween safe. Before you run out and buy your baby Halloween costume, check out these tips first in regards to practicality, convenience and comfort.
Practicality & Age-Appropriateness
There are some considerations to be made for practicality and age-appropriateness before buying your baby or toddler costume. The costume you purchase for your infant or newborn is going to be different than what you’d get for your older toddler.
The stores don’t always keep these things in mind and often carry a variety of sizes. It’s up to you to inspect and make sure they’re appropriate for your child. Following the age recommendation on the packaging is also important when it comes to small pieces that may be a choking hazard.
- Costumes with over-sized wings or plastic pieces may not be practical for babies & small toddlers. Consider how you’ll be able to safely hold your child in your arms with these costume attachments. Choose detachable wings that can be removed easily.
- A costume with feet (like footie pajamas) is only practical for babies who aren’t walking. Toddlers will need to wear their own shoes. Make sure they’ll be able to wear a costume with their shoes.
- Costumes with long pant legs that slip over the shoes or longer skirts may be tripping hazards for early walkers. Have your child try the costume on and hem the length up to a better length.
Breathability is important when choosing a Halloween costume for baby or toddlers. Some fabrics, including polyesters and metallics trap in heat, causing excessive sweating. Cotton, stretch knit, lycra and fleece are generally safer choices and will be more comfortable for your little one.
Many Halloween costumes for children have been treated with fire resistant material. If you’re making your own Halloween costumes, the fabrics are probably NOT treated in such a way. Be sure that baby stays far away from the bonfire, candles or fireplace when wearing their homemade costume.
Safe, Baby-Proof Materials
Babies and some toddlers are going to put the fabric in their mouth, particularly around the sleeves or neckline. Ensure that the fabric for an infant Halloween costume is safe for chewing on and won’t flake off in baby’s mouth.
Certain metallic fabrics are highly suspect for use on babies or toddlers who will put it in their mouth. Use care with tulle fabrics, like what is used on a tutu. This fabric tears easily so watch that your baby doesn’t rip off a piece with their teeth.
My favorite place to shop for kids cotton basics is Primary.com. They offer solid leggings, tees, dresses and other everyday clothing items to create comfy and safe Halloween costumes for babies. Get 20% off your first order with code AFF20PCT.
Car Seats & Strollers
A very small baby is probably going to spend most of trick or treating riding in the stroller! For babies who need to be buckled into their car seat or stroller, does the costume allow for this? Long bunting style costumes may hinder you from being able to properly buckle the safety belt.
Pajamas for a Costume
Appropriate for newborns who will sleep through the festivities, these Halloween costumes for babies double as cozy pajamas.
Yes, those adorable fuzzy animal costumes are sooo cute but if you live in a warm weather climate that’s still toasty in late October, these cozy costumes are probably best to skip. If you live in a cooler climate, consider layering to keep baby warm.
Light layers like leggings or tights, or a long sleeved tee under a thin costume can add a layer of warmth.
The ability to make a quick diaper change is one thing that is so important. But we tend to forget when we see those cute infant costumes! Make sure the costume is easy to remove and replace for diaper changes. A bodysuit like this Princess Tiana version from shopDisney has inseam snaps for diaper access. Or go for a two-piece set for quick diaper access.