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22 Cute and Easy Halloween Costumes for Babies

Baby's first Halloween involves more Instagramming than trick-or-treating. Here are easy costume ideas that are comfortable to wear and easy to DIY with items you likely have on hand.

22 Cute and Easy Halloween Costumes for Babies

Coming up with a new Halloween costume for yourself every year is hard enough, and now you’ve got a mini-me to dress up too. Let’s make the decision a little easier for you with these easy to make Halloween costumes for babies. We assure you the end result will be equally adorable, and more affordable baby Halloween costumes!

Avocado

Holy guacamole, look at that tummy!

What you need: Green onesie + 2 shades of green craft felt. Score cheap onesies here.

How-to: Draw an avocado shape on both pieces of felt and trace a circle where the tummy will be. Cut felt but trim the lighter colour a little smaller, glue together with darker green felt on bottom. Using a hot glue gun, attach to the front of the onesie, then cut out the tummy section from the onesie.

avocado costume for newborn, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Train conductor

All aboard the Cutie Express! This is a costume for the non-crafters, plus you can find most of the items in his closet or at a thrift store.

What you’ll need: White shirt + overalls + brimmed hat + bandana. Get most of the ensemble here.

How-to: This one is so easy to put together, you can use an adult-sized bandana (just make sure you don’t leave baby unattended) and if you can’t find the hat, resize an adult one by cutting out a section of the back and sealing it up with some hot glue.

baby train conductor, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

’80s workout queen

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And one, and two, and stretch—now burp and eat and sleep.

What you’ll need: Leggings or tights + tank onesie + T-shirt + wristbands and headbands + legwarmers and running shoes. Check out these adorable baby leg warmers.

How-to: Surprisingly, they don’t make workout gear for infants (go figure), but you can hack a few items to work. We cut a toddler tee into a crop top and cut the arms off of a onesie for legwarmers. You’ll need some neon for that ’80s vibe, we made a headband by cutting up adult socks and made wristbands with adult hair ties.

fitness baby costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Maverick

You can be my wingbaby anytime! Plus, all the essentials for this get-up are easily used again (and again!) for everyday life—making it one of our most practical baby costumes.

What you’ll need: Brown leather-ish jacket + white shirt and jeans + aviators and black wig (optional, but recommended for hilarity factor) + craft felt. We're obsessed with this baby moto jacket under $25.

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How-to: You can glue on patches (use ones you found or made out of felt) onto the jacket but otherwise, there isn’t much crafting. We went for the classic off-duty look, but you could also throw them in a green jumpsuit if you can find one. Have your camera ready because those aviators and wig won’t stay on for long.

maverick baby costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Bookworm

A pun costume is hard to resist and this wiggly bookwork is a cinch to put together.

What you’ll need: Stretchy green hat + green swaddle blanket + pipe cleaners, pompoms and headband + glasses and book props

How-to: Make two antennae by twisting two pieces of pipe cleaner together and gluing pom poms to the ends. Twist them around a headband and trim any excess making sure there are no sharp points. Place headband over a hat to protect their skin. Wrap baby in a swaddle and place books nearby. You may get the glasses on for a quick shot, but they can also just sit on the books. This is a good time to stock up on all the best toddler books for the future, too.

baby bookworm costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Polar bear cub

This bear is as soft and cuddly as they come (he also looks ready for a spa treatment).

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What you’ll need: White hooded bathrobe + white socks and mitts + black craft felt and pompoms. This little white robe is cheap and easy to maneuver.

How-to: We flipped the bathrobe over and cut a hole on the back for the face to get more coverage, but if you think your little one will fuss with something touching her face, you can create a similar effect on the front of the hood. If you cut out the hole, run a blanket stitch over the raw seam to keep it from fraying.

Glue a felt nose and pompom eyes to the hood. Most baby robes come with little ears, but if yours doesn’t, you can also glue on white felt ears. Then cut black claws out of the felt and glue them to the socks and mitts. Roar! You’re done!

polar bear cub, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Centipede

Wondering what to do with those mismatched socks? Make a centipede costume, duh!

What you’ll need: Solid coloured sleeper + 5 pairs of socks or 10 random socks + stuffing + matching hat +  headband, pipe cleaners and pompoms

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How-to: Stuff your socks lightly with stuffing. If you want to reuse this sleeper as actual clothing, hand-sew or machine stitch your socks along the side seams. If sewing is not your thing, go ahead and attach the socks with a hot glue gun. Make two antennae by twisting pipe cleaners together and gluing pompoms to the ends. Twist them around a headband and trim any excess, making sure there are no sharp points. Place headband over a hat to protect their skin.

baby centipede costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Cactus

Perfect for when your baby is getting a little prickly at 3 a.m.

What you’ll need: Green sleeper + green hat + craft felt in light green and pink. You can also use one of your best baby sleep sacks.

How-to: Cut out a bunch of felt spikes from the green felt and glue or hand-sew all over the sleeper and hat. Cut out a few flower shapes from the pink felt and sew or hot glue to affix.

baby cactus costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Pizza

This little personal pizza is so adorable you could just eat him.

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What you’ll need: Yellow shirt or onesie + red pants + craft felt + stuffing + pizza box.

How-to: Cut out little toppings from craft felt and glue or sew them onto the shirt. What’s cuter than a regular pizza? A chubby pizza! Stuff his shirt for max cuteness.

baby pizza in a box, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Gumball machine

Gumball machines are inherently cute, but watch out when you transform your baby into one—hearts will explode everywhere.

What you’ll need: Red shirt or onesie + black pants + pompoms + grey and black craft felt + red shoes (optional). Here's where to buy the pompoms.

How-to: Cut a circle out of felt that covers the front of the shirt or onesie. Cover the circle in pompoms. Hot glue them down securely then glue the entire circle to the shirt or onesie. Cut out ’25¢’ and a small rectangle from the black felt and glue to a grey piece of felt that will fit nicely on the knee of the pants. Attach with glue. As an added touch, glue more pompoms to little red shoes.

baby gumball machine costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Where’s Waldo

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This is a great last-minute costume. If you can’t find the necessary red and white striped hat, we have a workaround.

What you’ll need: Red and white striped shirt or onesie + blue jeans + red and white striped hat with pompom + black felt.

How-to: The clothing is easy, you likely already own something similar, but the hat is trickier to find. To make your own, take a red hat and run a piece of white duct tape or felt across the middle. Make a pompom out of yarn and stitch to the top. Finding round glasses for babies is next to impossible so cut them out of felt and glue the top part of the rims to the hat.

wheres waldo costume for babies, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Hans and Franz

“We just want to pump you up!” We dressed up some babies in the classic SNL characters because little puffy muscles are life!

What you’ll need: Grey onesies and pants + stuffing + grey and brown craft felt + foam craft balls, skewers and black paint (optional).

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How-to: To make the weight belts, draw a rectangular shape that is wider in the middle. Glue on a grey piece in a square C-shape for the buckle. Attach the back to the pants with hot glue or needle and thread. Pop babies in their grey outfits and close the belt front with a Velcro dot so it can come on and off. Stuff their little arms and shoulders with the soft stuffing. As an optioanl prop, take styrofoam balls and stick a skewer into the sides to make little barbells, then paint them black.

baby weight lifters, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Garden gnome

Garden-loving parents, we have the costume for you (plus, it’s easy to change a diaper in this one. Win!)

What you’ll need: Light blue onesie + dark blue pants + craft felt. Grab some cheap craft felt here.

How-to: Channel your inner crafter (you can do this!) and cut out a felt belt and buckle and glue to the front of the pants. Cut out two big triangles from red felt and glue or sew up the sides to make a hat (if you’re worried about fit, glue it to an existing hat that your baby is already comfortable in). Cut out a beard shape from white felt and glue or stitch it to the front of the shirt.

infant garden gnome costumes, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Beyonce (Lemonade)

Hold Up! We have the cutest version of Beyonce’s Lemonade that the internet has ever seen.

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What you’ll need: Yellow dress + toy plush bat.

How-to: If you have these items, zero crafting to be done. If you can’t find that perfect yellow dress (check the thrift store, though), glue layers of yellow tulle to a yellow top.

baby beyonce costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Marty McFly

Are you ready to go back to the future? Just add a ’50s-styled mom or dad and Doc Brown to the trio and you have the perfect family costume. If only you had a DeLorean.

What you’ll need: Red puffy vest + denim jacket + plaid shirt + jeans + cool sneakers + black foam core, coloured paper and black paint.  Grab the puffer here.

How-to: This costume is all about finding the right layers, luckily they are pretty basic pieces. If you can’t find a red vest, you could fake it by taking the arms off of a red button-up shirt. To make Marty’s iconic board, cut out a skateboard shape from black foam core. Splatter black paint on yellow and purple paper. Cut strips out of your splattered paper and glue on the skateboard as shown in the photo.

marty mcfly back to the future costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Rosie the Riveter

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Not all heroes wear capes, some of them wear denim.

What you’ll need: Denim romper (or chambray shirt and jeans) + red bandana + blue paper and white paint (optional).

How-to: Just pop on the outfit, done and done! OK, not quite—if you want to add the famous “We can do it!” sign as a cute photo prop, grab some blue paper and white paint.

rosie the riveter baby costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Hot Dog

Aw, what a little wiener! We love this costume because it’s just as comfy as regular jammies and perfect to go visit grandma in.

What you’ll need: Beige sleeper + beige hat + craft felt.

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How-to: Cut out a felt wiener shape to fit your sleeper, then cut out felt toppings. Glue those bits to the wiener and then glue or sew the whole thing to the onesie. Top with a hat to finish the look.

hot dog costume for babies, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Dragon

An adorable tiny dragon is just a few bits of felt away. And if you’re up for it, a Mother of Dragons costume seems like the next obvious step.

What you’ll need: Hooded sleeper + stuffing + craft felt. This hooded button sleeper is cute enough to wear every day of the year.

How-to: Cut out enough felt triangle scales to run the length of your hoodie from top to bottom. Cut out two wing shapes from the felt. We decided to sew our wings and scales so they could be removed (this is a nice onesie!) but you can also attach the scales and wings with hot glue.

baby dragon costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Milk and cookies

Perfect for twins, if you only have one babe, dress yourself up as the milk delivery person to complete the set (which is a lot easier than constructing a milk carton costume).

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What you’ll need: For the cookie: beige sweater and tights + brown craft felt + beige hat (optional). For the milk delivery man: white shirt and bow tie + white or grey work pants + brimmed hat.

How-to: The cookie is so easy, cut out little chocolate chips out of brown felt and glue or hand stitch to sweater and tights. For the milk delivery person, put on the outfit and print or draw a little “milk” or “dairy co.” sign and glue it to the hat.

baby milk and cookies costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Baby lamb

Don’t be baaashful, little lamb! You’re as cute as, well, a baby lamb.

What you’ll need: Black onesie and tights + white fleece vest or sweater + white fleece hat and booties + black ribbon and craft felt.

How-to: Make a bow out of the ribbon and glue or sew to the front of the shirt (safety check: don’t tie the ribbon around their neck). Cut out two ears from the black felt (if you have extra fleece or white felt, you can attach to the back of the ears) and glue or sew to the top of the hat (our hat had two bear ears already that we anchored them to). That’s all the crafting, dress them up and you’re done.

baby sheep costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Burrito

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We literally took the term “baby burrito” and turned it into a delicious costume. Just turn the swaddle sack into a costume, babies will appreciate the no-fuss get-up

What you’ll need: Beige swaddle sleep sack + beige hat + craft felt.

How-to: Cut out your burrito fillings, like lettuce and tomato, out of felt. Glue the pieces together into two separate sections. Attach each section to the top and bottom part of the swaddle panel with needle and thread (avoid gluing them down, so you can reuse your swaddle after).

infant burrito costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

The Goblin King and Toby

“You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? Power of voodoo. Who do? You do.” Why not channel your love of the Labyrinth movie into two tiny babies. But more importantly, babies in wigs!

What you’ll need: Black jacket (not easy to find in infant size, but a black sweater will do the trick) + white shirt and ribbon + grey leggings and black socks or boots + spikey blonde wig (go online).

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How-to: For the Goblin King: We attached the wig to a baby-sized headband so it would fit better and attached a white bow to the front of the shirt (because there aren’t too many frilly baby blouses lying around). For Toby: Just throw on a red and white striped sleeper. Done.

goblin and toby costume, Halloween costumes for babies Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz

Safety first: Never leave a baby unattended in a costume, DIY or otherwise, and be mindful of overheating, choking or suffocation hazards.

We found all the felt and stuffing for our DIY costumes from The Felt Store.

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This article was originally published on Oct 01, 2020

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