Halloween Costumes for Toddlers

by Alex in General / 10.17.08

It’s always the dreaded question this time of year…. “What are you going to be for Halloween?” I have never had one of those really awesome Halloween costumes that people rave about for years, and the pressure to come up with a great idea usually finds me on Halloween night in a t-shirt and jeans, refusing to dress-up. Now that I have a toddler, the attention, and therefore the costume-pressure, has moved on to “What is Max going to be for Halloween?” Yikes!

Here are 5 tips and some costume suggestions I’ve discovered from my research:

1. Know your child- Max is only 18 months, but he has already started to develop likes and dislikes, and his own little will which he likes to assert at the most inopportune of moments. If your child is older, they will have distinct ideas about costumes, or characters which they will love or refuse. They might even decide, as you are trying to dress them, that they would rather not wear their costume at all-be flexible.

2. Make sure they are comfortable- Lots of toddlers (like my own) will not keep anything on their head for longer than about 30 seconds. This is something to take into account when deciding on a costume as a queen, or The Cat in The Hat, which both include headgear. Also, it’s warm in Texas. Austin on Halloween is rarely cold enough to encase your child in a footed, hooded, long-sleeved, heavy dinosaur costume. However, this might be a necessity some places.

3. No small pieces- Think about what makes up the costume that you buy or make. Just like with the toys they play with, you want to make sure that there aren’t any buttons, googly eyes, plastic jewels, or other small bits that could be removed and choked on.

4. Easy access- Most toddlers are either still in diapers or early in potty training, therefore it is highly likely that you will need access to their nether-region at some point in the evening. Make sure that the costume you choose doesn’t have to be completely removed for a diaper change, or isn’t so elaborate that it takes 20 minutes to get the job done.

5. Safety first- If you are planning on going Trick-or-Treating or staying out after dark, make sure that your child’s costume will be easily visible at night.

Here are some costume suggestions for your little one:

Animals- Most kids love animals, and make adorable little creatures. Puppies, cats, ladybugs, bees, monkeys, lions, dinosaurs, and more make adorable costumes for little guys and gals.

Classic- Pirates, super-heroes, princesses, occupations (doctors, astronauts, cowboys, etc), and of course, monsters (witches, Frankenstein, etc.) are all pretty classic go-to costumes.

Characters- There are a number of characters that are toddler favorites from books, shows, and movies. Winnie the Pooh, Disney, Dr. Seuss, Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street, Blues Clues, and the like are all places to look for costume inspiration.

Parental interests- If your child is young, like mine is, chances are that they don’t yet completely understand Halloween or the costumes. This means you can let your own interests be your guide. Some cute costumes I’ve seen include Star Wars characters, little golfers, and Harry Potter characters.

A little creativity goes a long way. My son is named Max, and his father has decided he wants to try and put him in a costume of a character named ‘Max’ for as long as he will let us get away with it. Easy now, but it might start getting tough in a few years….

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  1. Halloween Costumes, August 10, 2009:

    What about Horton Hears a Who - that costume is so adorable!

  2. MY COSTUMES, July 7, 2011:


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