Halloween Infant Costumes

Isn't this adorable?
Isn't this adorable?

Both of my children had early November birthdays so that meant they were almost 1 year old when Halloween rolled around. This also meant both of my children were already walking by their first Halloween.

I don't recall them having such cute costumes available when my kids were toddlers. Today's infants and toddlers have quite the selection for Halloween costumes.

How to Chose a Costume for an Infant or Toddler

I know the first thing we tend to think about when choosing a costume for our infant or toddler is the cuteness factor. Every parent wants to purchase the costume that every other parent will be raving about. However, the cutest isn't always the most practical. There are other considerations much more important.

Weather conditions: If you plan to take your infant trick or treating on Halloween night, you need to consider the weather. In Texas, Halloween night is notoriously unpredictable. I've seen Halloween nights where we were bundled with coats with hoods and I've seen them when we were running the air conditioner in the car between stops.

One year my daughter was a Hawaiian hula girl fully equipped with the grass skirt and coconut bra worn over a bikini. We had a cold front blow through Halloween afternoon and suddenly she was wearing her hula skirt and coconut bra over a long sleeve shirt and warm-up pants.

You don't want to spend $30 on a costume that your child won't even be able to wear because of the weather. Chose something that can be easily adapted no matter what the weather turns out to be.

Safety: When choosing a costume make sure it doesn't have anything that will cause the child to choke, become strangled, or trip and fall. Masks should not be worn.

Can your child still fit into his/her car seat with their costume on? A bulky costume may make it impossible to buckle them properly into their car seat. Don't sacrifice safety.

Comfort: Make sure no part of the costume is tight, restricting or binding. Pay particular attention to the wrists, ankles, and necks. The weather plays apart here as well. Don't dress them too warmly, nor do you want them undressed. Make sure they have wiggle room in the costume.

Likes and dislikes: Some infants are too inquisitive to leave their costume alone. For instance, some children would not be able to wear the monkey costume below because they would not be able to leave the tail alone. Some babies do not like anything on their head or covering their ears. If these things are crucial to the look of the costume you may be disappointed when the child won't wear it. The monkey isn't quite as cute without the headpiece.

Other considerations: Feeding your child and/or changing diapers may be extremely difficult in some costumes. Make sure you put their costumes on at last minute before going out in them. I would suggest taking photos before going on since their desire to wear the costume may decrease as the night progresses.

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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Oh, my, those kids are cute!!! The little pepper got right to me, so did the peanut! Thanks, KCC.

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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

My youngest daughter was a pumpkin her first halloween, and then blues clues the next, it was cold that year. Great costume ideas

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Those are the exact ones that are my favorites, Paradise...the jalapeno and the peanut.

Pumpkins are always cute on little babies, Wesleycox.

Thank you both for stopping by.

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Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

These are great ideas for toddler costumes. Thanks also for your tips for parents, now I just need a child to borrow to dress up!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL...I know, me too, Mardi! I'm thinking my 16 (almost 17) year old won't go for any of these! LOL

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funnebone 7 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

Great HUb! It gave me a few ideas...my niece wanted to be a princess but I have convinced her that royalty is so seventeen hundreds. I am going to put a trashbag over her body and only have her head sticking out. I will call her " The Tick"

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL....poor thang! Can she be a raisin instead?

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funnebone 7 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

I guess she could, but I don't know if I could dehydrate her enough by 10/31 to get the realistic look I strive for.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL @ Funnebone. I just read your reply to my bartending request and we're laughing our butts off about the nickel to 10 thing.

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Oh how sweet :)

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Makes you want to borrow a baby for Halloween, doesn't it Ethel?

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