One of the most significant joys of having a baby is celebrating holidays. It’s a chance to create memories and form traditions that define childhood. This year, Halloween may look slightly different due to the pandemic. Parents are wondering whether trick or treating, gatherings, and other spooky festivities will happen. But whatever comes to pass, creating fun costumes for baby’s first Halloween will provide plenty of photo ops to share with family and friends. With that in mind, here are a few costume ideas for baby’s first foray into Halloween.
Baby’s First Halloween Costume Ideas
Everyone loves a garden gnome. And this simple outfit is a great option for parents who love fairy tales and who need an extra gnome to guard the garden. The hat can easily be made from red felt, and the beard can be made of pipe cleaners or cotton balls glued to a sheet of paper with ear loops (like a mask) to keep in place. Just add some trousers and a plaid shirt, and you’ve got a fantastical character ready for a close-up.
How many times have you said, “My baby is so cute, I just want to eat her up!” Well, dressed up as a little orange “cutie,” baby will look sweet and snackable. The trick to this costume doesn’t stop with the all-orange outfit. Take it a step further with a hand-drawn or painted cardboard box with that familiar “Cuties” artwork. You can even add this artwork on a stroller or child’s wagon. Yum!
Fall is all about squirrels foraging for forest treats to ready themselves for the winter. This adorable squirrel costume is made of faux fur, a cute headband for ears and a bow, and an acorn treat bag customized from an inexpensive plastic jack-o-lantern.
For nerdy Star Wars parents, this “Baby Yoda” (aka “The Child) costume provides a relatively easy DIY project resulting in a sweet homage to a beloved character. If you like to sew, just find some green material to make a bonnet complete with those iconic ears. Dress baby up in a brown or gray onesie, and add a little white bathrobe. Done!
A Very Hungry Caterpillar
Have a very sleepy baby? This Very Hungry Caterpillar will keep your little one snuggly and covered. With a sweet green, long-sleeved onesie and a red cap, you can break out some colored felt and a glue gun to make Eric Carle’s well-loved caterpillar come to life.
Want something squishy and fun? Transform baby into a travel-size loofah! Using a onesie, fabric, and some rope, you can craft a squeezable costume in no time. It takes about two feet of rope for the loofah’s handle and a onesie with matching tulle fabric. How much tulle will this take? For an extra full loofah, you’ll need about 15 yards to gather and sew onto the onesie. Add a rubber ducky for the requisite photos, and you’ve got images that prompt those “likes” to flood in.
The definition of “cute and cuddly” is a little baby lamb. Try this easy DIY costume using only a black long-sleeve tee, black leggings, a white onesie, a cap, some black felt for the ears, and tons of nice, fluffy cotton balls for the cap and onesie. You can even dress it up with a bow. Just remember that you’ll need the king of all crafting tools: a glue gun!
Harry Potter is just one of those classic literary and pop culture heroes that remain relevant from generation to generation. And dressing up the baby as the boy wizard is easy with a few key accessories, including Hedwig the owl, a Gryffindor burgundy and yellow striped scarf, black clothes or a comfy black robe, signature round spectacles, and Harry’s trademark lightning bolt scar, which can be purchased as a temporary tattoo online, or drawn on with liquid eyeliner. And if you prefer Hermione Granger, add a long curly brownish wig, nix the scar, and replace Hedwig with Hermione’s Crookshanks, the wiry orange-haired cat.
But let’s be honest, babies won’t remember or even care about what they are for Halloween. This is strictly the domain of doting parents wanting to celebrate a fun family experience that can be shared for years to come. Which of these adorable Halloween costume ideas will you be trying this year?