Our Most Adorable Baby Costumes for Halloween

women and baby in birdwatcher halloween costumes
Janelle Jones

As Halloween approaches, some babies will take on a sort of seasonal metamorphosis—in the form of their first costume. You can create a fun and inventive Halloween costume for your baby using fabric, craft supplies, and our easy-to-use templates. All of our projects capture the complexity and beauty of creatures—both real and imaginary—with simple creases, stitching, and snipping. Moreover, they slip on and off easily, and won't restrict a baby's motion.

Ensembles like our bluebird costume or lobster costume come with detachable wings and claws, respectively, allowing comfortable freedom of movement for your baby. But we also thought of your comfort, too. The spider-and-web duo costume for Mom and baby, for example, is outfitted with a detachable harness should your baby want to get down or you need to change a diaper. Others, like our lamb costume, can be scaled up for toddlers and older kids, too. Coordinate your baby's Halloween attire with a costume of your own or a set for all siblings as the ultimate family photo. Why not become Little Bo Peep and dress your kids as a flock of cute little lambs who can join you at the neighborhood Halloween parade? Or carry your Sloth baby in a wrapped sling embraced by you, a tall Mother Tree? One of these costumes may even win you top prize for best costume in the local town contest.

Here, we've collected the best of our baby costume ideas over the years. Dressed for trick-or-treating, your little one will have a memorable first Halloween.

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Bluebird Costume

bluebird baby halloween costume
Janelle Jones

Everyone loves a cheerful bluebird. Indeed, many people build or buy houses especially for its arrival. The bird is plump and round-headed and has a pretty silhouette when perched. In flight, it disdains acrobatics, preferring to hover briefly until dropping down to feed. For Troy (pictured here), 10 months old, each wing requires only five creased pieces of felt; they get their shape from a single cut and fold that together create a rounded shoulder.

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Lobster Costume

lobster halloween kids costume
Janelle Jones

This costume can be sized to fit a child of any age; only the claws and skirt require sewing. Eric (pictured here) can clap his giant claws together or free his fingers to give a pinch through slits in the back of the felt mitts. Ping-pong-ball eyes bob on ends of pipe cleaners affixed to a cotton pilot's cap. A scalloped-edge skirt worn over a red snap-bottom T-shirt allows for freedom of movement.

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Sloth Costume

mommy tree and baby sloth costumes

This sloth baby is safely cradled in his Mother Tree's arms. We used a baby wrap carrier to disguise a smiling little one as a sloth slinging from a tree branch using our template and felt in earthy colors. Mom can wear brown and tuck leaves in her hair.

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Skunk Costume

baby skunk costume

This funky skunk is super simple: A hoodie, faux fur, a fluffy white feather boa, and a little armature wire add up to the sweetest little stinker in town.

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Masked Owl Costume


The Eastern screech owl is active and vocal, rending the air with its distinctive wail throughout the night. Many-layered chest feathers help silence the owl's flight; those worn by Colin (pictured here), 6 months, are the same shape cut five times. Perked-up ears are attached to a jaunty pilot's cap. Goggled peepers enhance his keen eyesight.

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What baby isn't captivated by a glimmering goldfish? This quilted costume, which ends in a generous tail and is worn with an orange snap-bottom T-shirt and quilted cap, is just right for little ones who are mesmerized by ponds and fishtanks. The enclosed bottom makes it suitable for babies, such as Noah here, who aren't yet walking.

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Chicken Costume


Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the Halloween party, of course. Here, Alexandra wears a costume is made from two tickly feather boas, ordinary kitchen gloves, tights, and a pilot's cap that's crowned with a felt comb. Under the plumage, two leotards are stuffed with batting for extra plumpness.

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Lamb Costume


This little trio of sheep can't wait to graze on candy. The "fleece" is wool batting, gathered and sewn to a sleeveless leotard, which is worn over a black long-sleeved shirt and leggings. A cotton hat with floppy felt ears completes the costume.

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