Halloween has always been a night for tricks and treats, but in the age of social media, it’s also a night of adorable Instagram posts. Before your kids get old enough to eschew the holiday or vehemently insist on some boring old costume, you might want to outfit them in something cute, funny, and unique. After all, there are enough Elsas in the world—especially on Halloween. Here are all our favorite offbeat and adorable halloween costumes for babies and toddlers, from superhero to secret agent, strongman to senior citizen.
1. A Cabbage Patch kid
If your little one is just too adorable, it’s not too much of a stretch to turn them into a Cabbage Patch Kid for the holiday. You could dress them in their own clothes, or pick up a Cabbage Patch onesie online. Just add a yarn-looped Cabbage Patch wig to complete the look—don’t worry, it’s basically a stocking cap—and voila, your very own living doll. Now that’s adorable.
2. A Mean Girl
No one ever wants their kid to be mean to someone else, but that doesn’t mean they can’t go as Mean Girls characters for Halloween. We love the deep reference of this “I’m a mouse, duh” onesie and shirt, which can go with any old set of ears and pants. If you’re a little more committed to your kid serving a look, there is a full Regina George costume available for infants, toddlers, and kids on Etsy. For just under $80, you can pick up a tiny version of George’s pink cardigan and skirt, as well as your kid’s very own “A little bit dramatic” T-shirt. Throw a Cal-Teen bar in their hand and a tiny mock-up of a burn book, and you’ll have a complete look.
3. A senior citizen
There’s nothing cuter than a baby who looks like a little old man. Lean into that idea this Halloween with a senior citizen costume for your baby or toddler. Pick up a “granny” wig on Etsy—you can get one with or without curlers—and throw your little gal in her best housecoat and slippers. Got a little old man in training? There’s a full costume out there for him, complete with suspenders and spectacles. Throw in a child-sized walker made out of PVC pipe to complete the look, and you’re in business.
4. A member of Troop Beverly Hills
If it’s always cookie time in your house, you might consider asking your little one to become a member of Troop Beverly Hills this Halloween. The “thrilling” costume comes with a Troop Beverly Hills sweatshirt, skirt, socks, neckerchief, and beret, all of which could arguably be absorbed into your kid’s wardrobe come November 1.
5. A Christmas favorite
Sure, we’re talking about Halloween in this story, but Christmas is right around the corner—especially in the mind of any Santa-loving child. If you want to pick a costume that you could maybe use again in a couple of months or even repurpose for this year’s family holiday card, there are a few great options out there. Etsy users love this Grinch costume, which comes as both pants and a skirt.
If you’re looking for something a little less hairy, Wal-Mart has a very cute Christmas tree costume available, complete with a gold star on top of your little one’s hat.
6. Ace Ventura
Embrace the ‘90s and dress your kid like Ace Ventura this Halloween. An Etsy seller has the perfect little outfit for your Pet Detective, complete with tiny Hawaiian shirt and red-and-black striped joggers. You’ll have to provide your own white undershirt, hair gel, and animals, though.
7. The picture of fitness
One of the simplest costumes for a small fry is a strong man. Simply grab a striped wrestling style one-piece, mock up a barbell, and pencil a handlebar mustache onto your shrimp’s face.
If you’re looking for something a little more modern for your baby, the Fisher-Price fitness gift set could easily be adapted into a costume. The set includes a kettlebell rattle, baby-sized terrycloth headband, and adorable mini-dumbbell. It even comes with its own jingling “protein shake,” which is too cute.
8. Elle Woods
If you’re a Legally Blonde fan, you’ll love this perfect little Elle Woods outfit. It comes with a pink pleather jacket and skirt and “bend and snap” T-shirt, and is available for kids from 6 months to 8 years old. Just add a chihuahua.
More into scares than silliness, especially around Halloween? Then you might want to take the opportunity to dress your baby like Pennywise from It. They won’t get the reference, but if your kid’s young enough—and this costume is available for kids as young as 3 months old—it won’t really matter.
10. Something to eat
Looking for something cute enough to eat? There are tons of great options out there for food-related costumes for kids, like a crafty little onesie that turns your tot into a bowl of ramen, complete with an egg headband. Looking for something even spicier? Check out this jalapeño popper costume, from a seller with great reviews on Etsy.
Raising a reader? This Madeline dress comes with a picture perfect red tie, blue cape, and all the French flair you can handle. Etsy buyers love the seller, who also makes precious miniature cosplay costumes for baby Disneybounders. Just check out her Belle.
12. Edward Scissorhands
Got a burgeoning goth on your hands? Love Tim Burton? Turn your tot into Edward Scissorhands with a grommeted onesie from Etsy seller Fancy Schmancy. You’ll need to craft your kid’s own scissor hands, but that’s easy enough with some black gloves and shiny tagboard.
13. A rainbow
Veer away from an established character and dress your kid like one of nature’s most colorful wonders: the rainbow. A “roomy and forgiving” costume that “will even fit over a coat if it’s cold outside,” according to the seller, this rainbow costume is super charming and comes complete with an adorable hat that looks like the sun. Have a set of siblings? Get them both in on the weather theme with a matching cloud costume.
14. Eleven from Stranger Things
A few years ago, Stranger Things costumes were everywhere at Halloween, and for good reason: The show is a global phenomenon, and Millie Bobby Brown’s portrayal of troubled tween Eleven has earned her all sorts of acclaim. If you’re a fan of the show you can pass that good taste onto your kid with a tot-sized Eleven costume, complete with Peter Pan collared pink dress and lightweight blue jacket. You’ll need to provide the knee socks and Eggo waffle, but that’s not too hard.
15. A UPS driver
Got a kid whose biggest thrill in life is when a package arrives? Does he or she know your delivery driver by name? There’s a costume for that! We love the baby UPS worker costume from Spirit Halloween, which comes with its own brown shirt, pants, hat, and tiny box ready to deliver. It’s officially licensed by UPS, too, so you know it’s legit. Now you just have to figure out how to make sure you’ll get a package on Halloween just so you can surprise your driver.
16. Your very own superhero
There will undoubtedly be thousands if not millions of Batmen and Spider-Men running around this Halloween, and for good reason: Kids love to play superheroes. If you’re not into the violence that can occur in comic book movies or if you’re just looking to encourage a little creativity, opt to create your own superhero with Maisonette’s hip and adorable flying superhero set. It’s got its own dashing cape and winged cap, and is hand-sewn by an artisan in the Carolinas, so you can support a local business while still helping your kid look fly this Halloween.
17. Audrey Hepburn
If you’re a Breakfast At Tiffany’s fan or just an admirer of Audrey Hepburn’s work, you might like this tot-sized Breakfast At Tiffany’s-inspired tutu available on Etsy. It’s available in sizes newborn to 5T and, when paired with oversized glasses and some costume jewelry, can easily turn your little lady into a classic Hollywood dame. You’ll have to buy the tiara separately, of course, but you can bundle it together with the dress and save on shipping.
18. A piñata
Let’s face it: Your kid’s going to be full of candy come Halloween, so why not embrace the inevitability and dress them as a piñata? Tipsy Elves has adorable and comfortable-looking piñata costumes for the whole family, from baby to parents.
19. A secret agent
Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone, but we love this secret agent look from Maisonette. There’s no skimping on this costume, which comes with a double-breasted trench coat, felt fedora hat, dark glasses, and three different moustaches, just in case your cover has been blown. Accessorize with a flashlight, manila envelope, or briefcase, and your little one will be finding clues and solving the case of the missing candy in no time.
20. A cosmic astronaut
Astronaut costumes are a dime a dozen come Halloween, but Pottery Barn has really upped its intergalactic game with its entry. This iridescent, light-up costume comes with its own jetpack and can run for six sparkling hours on just two small batteries. Those lights also help keep your kid visible at night, which is a nice bonus on a dark Halloween evening. There’s a star-emblazoned halo-style headband included, and the Velcro-attached jet pack is trailing its own set of dangling stars. Seriously, this costume is too, too cute.
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