11 Inexpensive Halloween Costumes for Baby
There's no need to spend much (or any!) money on a costume for your baby, says Bettine Roynon, author of Baby Costumes: 24 Easy and Adorable Outfits to Make for Infants and Toddlers. She shares 11 great ideas for your baby's first Halloween.
An orange sleeper can become a pumpkin with a bit of black fabric paint added for a jack-o-lantern face. A baby blanket stuffed inside the sleeper can make Baby nicely round like a pumpkin. Add an orange or green hat to top it all off.
Tree with Pile of Leaves
Get the whole family involved in this cute getup. Hot glue lots of leaves cut from fabric or purchased at a hobby store to a blanket sleeper and hat (brown or orange would work). Tape more fake leaves to Baby’s stroller. That’s your pile of autumn leaves. Now Mom or Dad can dress like a tree in brown clothes with a few more fake leaves and odd bits of bark attached.
The neighborhood has never been so safe—or cute. Use a blue sleeper and sew on a gold or silver police badge made of scrap fabric or foil. Sew or hot glue a strip of black felt around the middle for a belt, then sew or glue black felt onto the feet to make shoes.
A pair of jeans and a flannel shirt can be the basis of this costume. Add a hat that you’ve attached fishing items (bobbers, rubber worms). Make a mini fishing pole with dowel, and attach a short line (not long enough to wrap around Baby’s neck). You can hang a paper fish cutout (print two copies of a fish picture, staple three sides, stuff with cotton balls, and seal with staples) or even a small stuffed fish from the end of the line.
Nothing scary about this adorable black cat. Begin with a black sleeper. (Don’t forget you can dye a lighter color black!) Use a black headband or cap and attach black cat ears made of felt or construction paper. Black eyeliner can be used to draw on whiskers and a triangle on the tip of Baby’s nose for the kitty nose.
A simple, but oh-so-sweet, outfit for Baby. Use a white sleeper and add black felt hooves to the feet of the sleeper, along with black mittens. From white “wooly” fabric or by stringing white pom-poms together with thread, make a cute lamb’s tail to attach to the back of the sleeper and lamb’s ears to attach to a white hat or headband.
Celebrate (or remember!) Baby’s baldness. Begin with a sleeper of any color. Add a ruffle of fabric around the neckline and around each ankle. Use a pink or flesh-colored hat to simulate a bald head (plus it keeps Baby’s head warm!) or purchase a “bald wig.” Add a little non-toxic face paint to Baby’s cheeks and nose.
A “hoppy” Halloween starts with a solid green sleeper or sweat suit. Cover a headband with green felt or wrap it in green ribbon. Make the base for the frog’s eyes by cutting out four ovals of green felt and gluing them together, sandwiching cardboard in between to make them stiff. Attach each “sandwich” to the headband where eyes would be. Glue one large wiggle eye on each for fun froggy eyes.
An udderly cute costume for Baby. Take a white sweat suit or sleeper and paint on cow spots with black fabric paint. Cut out cow ears from fabric or construction paper and attach them to a headband. A short piece of rope with a frayed end can be attached to the back for a tail. You could even add a cowbell to the neckline, or just let your little one hold the bell—she’ll enjoy shaking it and hearing the sounds.
Start with a “tunic” made by sewing two ovals of red felt together, leaving a neck hole. This can be worn over a black or red sleeper and tied shut with matching ribbons at the sides. (As an alternative, use a red sleeper or drawstring nightgown.) Glue on a few large black felt dots (or use non-toxic fabric paint). Attach two chenille stems to a black velvet headband (or wrap any headband in black ribbon) for antennae.
Did someone call for a hero? Start with a red sleeper and follow the directions for the police officer costume. Let Baby carry around a stuffed Dalmatian to complete the outfit. Now how cute is that?
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