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9 Fun Infant and Baby DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
From baby’s first Halloween to elaborate family Halloween costumes, there’s no limit to the cute getups you have to consider this October. But after spending money on everyday items like diapers and wipes, plus pricier baby gear like strollers and car seats, you (and your budget) might be “frightened” to buy an elaborate costume. Fear not, sleep-deprived parents and penniless pocketbooks! We’re here to tell you that ordinary clothes paired with just a few key pieces can easily make your bundle of joy ready for trick-or-treating. We’ve handpicked the best DIY infant and baby Halloween costume ideas for everyone from your little railroad aficionado to your favorite little princess. Get even more amazing decorating, craft and costume ideas from our experts and have a “bootiful” Halloween!
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For Your Little Superhero: Clark Kent
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman! Small-scale superheroes will love flying through the neighborhood in this infant Halloween costume, proudly showing off their hidden disguise. Get this look by first buying an infant onesie that already bears the Superman symbol or iron a decal of the symbol onto a royal blue bodysuit. From there, discreetly hide it with that blue or white button-down shirt you’ve been waiting for the perfect occasion to use, and pair it with black pants and a clip-on necktie. Top it off with some infant-sized black-rimmed glasses, and you’ll have the cutest little son or daughter of Krypton. Fly high, little one; you are going to change the world!
- DC Comics Superman Short Sleeve Bodysuit, 2 pack ($10; target.com)
- Oxford Button-Up Bodysuit ($26; gap)
- The Children's Place Baby Boys' Playground Print Bottoms ($8 - $11; amazon.com)
- Troy James Genevieve Goings Collection Baby Toddler Boys Necktie ($6; walmart.com)
- Baby Opticals by Hipsterkid Clear Lens UV Glasses in Black ($15; buybuybaby.com)
- Trumpette Oxford Socks, set of 6 ($26; jet.com)
For Your Little Princess: Tutu-Cute Fairy Princess
This Halloween costume for an infant girl serves as an easy and adorable option for treat taking. Just use all those oh-so-cute accessories you splurged on for your little princess to turn her into, well, a princess! Start by repurposing that tutu she wore for her newborn photos (we know you have one!) and put it over a cute and comfortable onesie. Once you’ve got the royal crown, you’re all set. In no time, your little bundle of joy will turn into a soon-to-be pirouetting princess (you know, once she’s mastered the whole crawling and walking thing). Bonus: The tutu and crown also kick-start a darling dress-up collection for your kids’ toy box or bench.
- Jon Whittle
For Your Little ‘Big Cat’ Lover: Little Lion
Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Whether you’re getting your baby Halloween costumes inspiration from The Wizard of Oz or little Simba, you can’t go wrong with dressing up your youngster as a lovable lion. We suggest you invest in a wild mane and tail for your child to enjoy for trick-or-treating as well as dress-up days for many years to come. From there, neutral clothing is all you need to finish up this little lion look. And if you want to suit up your entire pride, you can get lion manes for the whole family too!
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For a Throwback to Your Favorite Childhood Doll: Cabbage Patch Kid
It doesn’t get any easier than this throwback to the ‘80s: We’re talking the one, the only Cabbage Patch Kid! It’s a DIY infant Halloween costume that is an instant hit with candy givers of all ages. Just round up those adorable outfits you’ve been waiting for the right occasion to use (or go ahead and get that ensemble you’ve had your eye on for a while), and plunk that oh-so-recognizable Cabbage Patch Kid hair (in this case, hat) on your little one’s head for an instant cuddle-worthy costumed doll. If you loved Cabbage Patch Kids when you were a child, take this opportunity to choose your kiddo’s costume, because, let’s be honest, parents, in a couple of years, your “say” in Halloween wear may be limited.
- Jon Whittle
For Your Little Outdoorsman: Lumberjack or Lumberjill
Timber! Even if your child’s name isn’t Jack or Jill, there’s no doubt that a baby dressed as a little logger is one of the cutest things around when it comes to a Halloween costume for infant boys or girls. A plaid shirt, burly hat and toy axe are all you need to turn your infant into a lovable little outdoorsman or -woman! In fact, neighbors might be convinced your little one went straight from hauling Douglas firs to fetching fun-size candy bars (permission to sneak a few, moms and dads). Even if logging doesn’t pan out for your mini lumberjack or lumberjill, there’s nothing wrong with planting the seed that the open air and outdoor play are ideal for endless hours of joy!
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- Jon Whittle
For Your Future Feminist: Rosie the Riveter
Transform your little cutie into Rosie the Riveter, the cultural icon of World War II who continues to represent American feminism today! Just pair a denim romper with a red polka-dot bandanna and infant work boots to complete this fierce Halloween costume for infant girls. A metal lunchbox ties everything together (and doubles as a great trick-or-treat bag), making sure every house you stop at knows you and your little one are a force to be reckoned with. Now to teach her how to chant “We can do it!” and roll up those shirtsleeves.
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For Your Little Wrangler: Cowboy or Cowgirl
Howdy, partner! Your little cowboy or cowgirl will be yelling “yee-haw!” when they take to the trick-or-treat trails alongside their stuffed steed in this baby Halloween costume. And it’s a breeze to roundup: You’ll need a shirt and jeans that are appropriate for the open range, along with a hat and boots that can stand up to the day’s work. Last, but certainly not least, set your little one up with a trusted horse to roam everything from the open plains to rocky terrain. Don’t forget to teach your mini wrangler how to tip his hat to those who “treat” him to some candy. Bonus: Depending on the weather, you can really adapt baby Halloween costumes, such as this one, to be warmer for chilly October nights.
- OshKosh B'Gosh Baby Boys Long-Sleeve Button-Front Poplin Bodysuit ($10 - $49; amazon.com)
- Cat & Jack Baby Boys' Dark Wash Denim Joggers ($8; target.com)
- Baby Felt Cowboy Hat ($25; etsy.com)
- M&F Western Kids Baby Bucker Camden Cowboy Boots ($25; zappos.com)
- Gallop the Brown Pony Plush Toy ($20; bedbathandbeyond.com)
For Your Little Mouseketeer: Mickey Mouse
If Mickey Mouse is everywhere in your house, from toothbrushes and tableware to pajamas and TV sets, you likely have a miniature Mouseketeer in your presence. What better way to get him to smile from ear to ear than to get him dressed up as his favorite cartoon character, Mickey! Start with a pair of black pants and shirt or a black one-piece romper, and add red shorts. From there, you can either sew or glue two oversize white buttons to the front of the shorts and then fit your kiddo’s petite feet with some yellow shoes or socks, depending on their mobility. This infant Halloween costume is not complete until those iconic ears go on, so get some that your child is excited about and will keep on his head. In no time at all, you’ll be doing the “Hot Dog Dance” from door-to-door and proclaiming “Oh, boy!” with your mini-me as you collect all that candy.
For Your Little Railroad Aficionado: Train Engineer
All aboard! If your tiny tot loves all things trains — from shouting “toot toot” every time they see one chugging past or singing along to Thomas & Friends — they'll love turning into a train engineer on Halloween. Parents love the fact that with the purchase of a train conductor hat and a few everyday basics, like overalls and a plain onesie, this Halloween costume for infant boys and girls is complete. In no time at all, you’ll be on the express train to Halloween fun. Chugga-chugga-choo-choo!