Baby Costumes for Halloween

It’s your baby’s first Halloween—a milestone you’ll remember for years to come, especially if your little one has an unforgettably cute costume to wear! These days there are loads of costumes to choose from, so making your decision won't be easy. We’ve done the research to help you find a cute outfit for trick-or-treating that is also safe. We surveyed Pampers Parents to find out which Halloween costumes they’d pick for their babies and we’ve compiled reviews of their top 10.

Safety Considerations When Choosing a Baby Halloween Costume

Here are some important safety tips when it comes time to choose a Halloween costume for your baby:

  • Inspect costumes for unraveling thread, which could get caught around your baby’s fingers or toes (this can include checking socks inside and out), and trim any dangling thread

  • Choose a costume that is the right size for your baby, as an oversized costume can become a tripping hazard

  • Ensure that buttons, snaps, and pompoms are securely attached as these can turn into choking hazards if they become loose

  • Beware of scratchy appliques, elastic bands, or labels, which can be uncomfortable for your baby

  • If you decide to add accessories to your baby’s costume, ensure that they won’t endanger your baby in any way. Avoid items such as a necklace that could become a choking hazard, anything that ties at the neck (such as a cape), or a toy sword or wand that may have sharp edges

  • Choose costumes (including any accessories like wigs) that are made of flame resistant materials like nylon or polyester

  • Avoid outfits and costumes that are made of loosely knitted material (sweaters, booties, and hats) as the fabric can trap your baby’s fingers or toes

  • Avoid clothing with poorly or loosely sewn seams, which could cause entanglement

  • Avoid masks, which can interfere with your baby’s ability to see and breathe and may be manufactured with plastic containing harmful chemicals such as phthalates or paints containing lead

  • If you will be putting makeup on your baby, choose face paints that are non-toxic and safe for babies, but be sure to avoid the eye area

  • Don’t use colored contact lenses on your baby

  • Ensure that your baby’s shoes fit properly, are suitable for outdoor wear, and don’t cause a tripping hazard

  • Avoid any outfit or costume that seems unsafe or uncomfortable for your baby, even if it’s super cute and your baby will only wear it for a couple of hours

  • It’s a good idea to add reflective tape to your baby’s costume, especially if you’re going trick-or-treating, as this can help your baby be more visible as it gets dark

  • It’s best not to buckle your baby into her car seat while she’s wearing her Halloween costume as the seat belt may not properly fit around your baby due to the costume’s extra padding and fabric. Instead, dress her in the costume once you get to your destination.

10 Best Halloween Costumes for Your Baby

Thousands of Pampers Parents voted on the best baby Halloween costumes. Read the reviews to help you decide which cute outfit will be perfect for your baby as you celebrate this holiday:

1. Carter's Baby Girls' Little Unicorn Costume

Why pick this one? Dress your special little girl in this adorable unicorn costume. It’s made of soft microfleece and lined with polyester jersey, which will keep your baby warm if you're trick-or-treating on a chilly autumn evening.

The machine-washable costume has a three-piece design with a zippered front, which will make it easier for you when you're dressing your baby. And there’s a no-pinch elastic waistband so the costume is secure but doesn’t irritate your baby.

A few Pampers Parents pointed out that the polyester filling can get a bit lumpy.

Highlights: This costume fits most babies from 3 to 9 months.

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2. Carter's Baby Halloween Costumes, Green Dragon

Why pick this one? Your little monster will make all the other parents green with envy in this dragon costume, made of soft microfiber. It’s a two-piece with a zippered top so it’s easy to put on your baby. It’s machine-washable.

The costume can work well for either boys or girls. Take the zippered top off your baby if she is seated in the car seat.

Highlights: Many parents loved this dragon costume, but some thought it worked better as a dinosaur. So, it’s up to you whether you think it’s a dragon or a dinosaur.

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3. Fun World InCharacter Baby Lil' Monkey Costume

Why pick this one? Your little monkey can look almost like a real monkey in this whimsical costume. The costume has leg snaps for easy diaper changes. The one-piece bodysuit is zippered, so it’s easy to dress your baby girl or boy, and it’s lined to keep her warm. Pampers Parents preferred a one-piece costume versus a costume with multiple layers.

Matching, skid-resistant booties are included to complete the monkey ensemble, though you don’t have to put these on if you don’t want to.

The one negative is that the costume can only be hand-washed.

Highlights: The costume is available in four different sizes, suitable for children up to 24 months of age.

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4. Disguise My First Disney Mickey Costume

Why pick this one? Disney fans will love this officially licensed Mickey Mouse costume. The jumpsuit includes easy-to-use snaps, a headpiece, and a detachable tail. For safety, you may wish to detach the tail.

It’s a padded costume, so if you’re traveling by car, be sure not to have your baby wearing the costume while he’s in his car seat.

Unfortunately, the costume is hand wash only.

Highlights: Available in two sizes, making this costume suitable for babies and toddlers up to about 18 months of age.

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5. Fun World Costumes Baby's Infant Pumpkin Cutie Pie Costume

Why pick this one? Now your little pumpkin can actually be a pumpkin on Halloween—a jack-o'-lantern to be exact. This costume fits babies up to 24 months old. It includes a tunic, hat, mock pinafore, socks, and pantaloons.

Many Pampers Parents liked this costume for its classic Halloween feel. Keep in mind, the costume is hand wash only, but this may not be such a drawback if it’s only used once, or occasionally.

Since the costume is so voluminous, it’s best that your baby doesn’t wear it while seated in a car seat.

Highlights: The costume is gender neutral, so it could work well for both boys and girls, and even be saved for another Halloween, used for another child, or lent to a friend.

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6. YuDanae Baby Girls Princess Romper Dress with Headband Outfit Costume

Why pick this one? Treat your little princess to nothing but the best with this costume. It’s made with a combination of cotton and polyester so it can work if the weather happens to be on the warmer side. However, it does also mean that the costume may not be flame resistant, which experts tend to recommend for Halloween costumes to protect your little one.

The costume features snaps on the back and bottom for easy dressing of your child. The patterned red sleeves, yellow tulle skirt, red bow around the waist, and red bow headband complete the royal look.

Keep in mind that if the weather is cooler, then you may need to add leggings or tights to keep your little one’s legs warm.

The costume is machine-washable on the cold cycle, and it can even be stuck in the dryer on the low setting—it’s the only costume on this list that can be machine-dried.

Highlights: It’s available in four sizes, making it suitable for children up to 18 months old.

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7. Rubie's Baby Hatching T-Rex Costume

Why pick this one? Dress your baby boy or girl up like a little T-Rex dinosaur with this costume. It’s officially licensed by Jurassic World, so, fans of the movies, this costume is just for you! The costume includes a jumpsuit with an attached tail and headpiece.

It fits babies up to 12 months old, but check the manufacturer’s size chart to ensure it will fit your little one.

Unfortunately, the costume is hand wash only. Some Pampers Parents didn’t find it that easy to remove the costume when needing to change diapers. Keep in mind, your baby shouldn’t wear this costume while seated in a car seat as it’s pretty bulky.

Highlights: The outfit is made of polyester and uses hook and loop closures to make it easy to dress and undress your baby.

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8. Disney Woody Stretchie for Baby

Why pick this one? Little fans of Disney’s Toy Story will love this Woody outfit. And parents who are looking for natural fabrics may prefer this costume, as it’s made from 100 percent cotton. However, the cotton is not flame resistant—so that’s something to keep in mind.

The costume has a zippered front, a snap at the neckline, and attached bootie-style slippers. It’s machine washable on the easy care setting. Because the booties are attached to the leg, you’ll want to make sure that the costume isn’t too small for your little one so that your baby can comfortably stretch his legs and move his feet.

Highlights: The costume is available in five different sizes, and is suitable for babies who are up to 24 months old.

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9. Princess Paradise Baby Girl’s Premium Laura The Lamb Costume

Why pick this one? Your baby girl would make a sweet little lamb for Halloween with this costume. Made of soft, white chenille, this outfit couldn’t be more adorable. There are matching chenille foot covers and pink velour hooves to complement the pink tummy and pink satin bow. All in all the costume is made up of four pieces.

If the weather will be cooler at this time of year where you live, then you may need to pop leggings or tights on your little one to keep those legs nice and toasty.

It may be a good idea not to have your baby wear this costume when she’s seated in a car seat.

Highlights: The costume is available in four sizes, for children who are up to 24 months old.

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10. Carter's Baby Halloween Costumes, Llama

Why pick this one? It seems that wherever you look, llamas are in style, so why not dress your little one in this llama costume for Halloween? The three-piece outfit consists of a long-sleeve T-shirt, leggings, and the zippered llama fleece, which is made from soft polyester microfiber. The llama even has a flower in her hair, as well as pretty eyelashes, which makes this outfit all the more cute.

Unfortunately, the outfit is only available in the 3- to 6-month age range.

You may want to remove the zippered llama jacket portion of the costume before placing your baby in her car seat.

Highlights: The costume is machine washable.

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The Bottom Line

Choosing the perfect costume for your baby’s first Halloween will be a lot of fun. Just remember to prioritize safety when choosing one. Any of the cute costumes on this list would make a great choice.

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