Because she never takes her eyes off the little one.

By Alexandra Churchill
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Janelle Jones

An avid birdwatcher always keeps an eye on those little winged wonders with a pair of binoculars. And is Mom any different? For a Halloween costume that pairs parents and teeny-tiny trick-or-treaters, we introduce: a birdwatcher and her bluebird. After all, everyone loves a cheerful bluebird. His costume captures the beauty of the real bird's plumage with ironed creases, and just a little stitching and snipping. What's more, the wings slip on and off easily without restricting baby's motion. Easy, comfortable, and clever-sounds perfect for any parent, right?

Janelle Jones

The Birdwatcher

Now's the time to break out those binoculars! And whatever else you can scavenge from your closet, safari-style. Other than the hat and water canteen (both of which you can find at camping-supply stores), the rest of this costume is just run-of-the-mill street clothes. If you're playing the role of vigilant birdwatcher, dress up in neutral, outdoorsy garments such as the military-style jacket and brown pants shown. And don't forget a pair of sensible shoes (a birdwatcher wouldn't).

TRY IT: The Birdwatcher Costume
Janelle Jones

The Bluebird

Who could resist smiling upon spotting this itty-bitty bluebird? His plumage of blue feathers is crafted from wool felt (as opposed to synthetic, which would melt when ironing those crisp, pleated lines) then stitched together with 6-ply embroidery floss. A pleated tail that swishes when he walks fans out from the back. Give him a befittingly airborne-named pilot's cap, and he's ready to fly.

TRY IT: The Bluebird Costume

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