Coming up with a new Halloween costume for yourself every year is hard enough, and now you’ve got a mini-me to dress up too. Let’s make the decision a little easier for you with these easy to make Halloween costumes for babies. We assure you the end result will be equally adorable, and more affordable!
1 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Holy guacamole, look at that tummy! What you need: Green onesie + 2 shades of green craft felt. How-to: Draw an avocado shape on both pieces of felt and trace a circle where the tummy will be. Cut felt but trim the lighter colour a little smaller, glue together with darker green felt on bottom. Using a hot glue gun, attach to the front of the onesie, then cut out the tummy section from the onesie.
2 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
All aboard the Cutie Express! This is a costume for the non-crafters, plus you can find most of the items in his closet or at a thrift store. What you’ll need: White shirt + overalls + brimmed hat + bandana. How-to: This one is so easy to put together, you can use an adult-sized bandana (just make sure you don’t leave baby unattended) and if you can’t find the hat, resize an adult one by cutting out a section of the back and sealing it up with some hot glue.
3 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
’80s workout queen
And one, and two, and stretch—now burp and eat and sleep. What you’ll need: Leggings or tights + tank onesie + T-shirt + wristbands and headbands + legwarmers and running shoes. How-to: Surprisingly, they don’t make workout gear for infants (go figure), but you can hack a few items to work. We cut a toddler tee into a crop top and cut the arms off of a onesie for legwarmers. You’ll need some neon for that ’80s vibe, we made a headband by cutting up adult socks and made wristbands with adult hair ties.
4 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
You can be my wingbaby anytime! What you’ll need: Brown leather-ish jacket + white shirt and jeans + aviators and black wig (optional, but recommended for hilarity factor) + craft felt. How-to: You can glue on patches (use ones you found or made out of felt) onto the jacket but otherwise, there isn’t much crafting. We went for the classic off-duty look, but you could also throw them in a green jumpsuit if you can find one. Have your camera ready because those aviators and wig won’t stay on for long.
5 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
A pun costume is hard to resist and this wiggly bookwork is a cinch to put together. What you’ll need: Stretchy green hat + green swaddle blanket + pipe cleaners, pompoms and headband + glasses and book props How-to: Make two antennae by twisting two pieces of pipe cleaner together and gluing pom poms to the ends. Twist them around a headband and trim any excess making sure there are no sharp points. Place headband over a hat to protect their skin. Wrap baby in a swaddle and place books nearby. You may get the glasses on for a quick shot, but they can also just sit on the books.
6 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Polar bear cub
This bear is as soft and cuddly as they come (he also looks ready for a spa treatment). What you’ll need: White hooded bathrobe + white socks and mitts + black craft felt and pompoms. How-to: We flipped the bathrobe over and cut a hole on the back for the face to get more coverage, but if you think your little one will fuss with something touching her face, you can create a similar effect on the front of the hood. If you cut out the hole, run a blanket stitch over the raw seam to keep it from fraying. Glue a felt nose and pompom eyes to the hood. Most baby robes come with little ears, but if yours doesn’t, you can also glue on white felt ears. Then cut black claws out of the felt and glue them to the socks and mitts. Roar! You’re done!
7 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Wondering what to do with those mismatched socks? Make a centipede costume, duh! What you’ll need: Solid coloured sleeper + 5 pairs of socks or 10 random socks + stuffing + matching hat + headband, pipe cleaners and pompoms How-to: Stuff your socks lightly with stuffing. If you want to reuse this sleeper as actual clothing, hand-sew or machine stitch your socks along the side seams. If sewing is not your thing, go ahead and attach the socks with a hot glue gun. Make two antennae by twisting pipe cleaners together and gluing pompoms to the ends. Twist them around a headband and trim any excess, making sure there are no sharp points. Place headband over a hat to protect their skin.
8 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Perfect for when your baby is getting a little prickly at 3 a.m. What you’ll need: Green sleeper + green hat + craft felt in light green and pink. How-to: Cut out a bunch of felt spikes from the green felt and glue or hand-sew all over the sleeper and hat. Cut out a few flower shapes from the pink felt and sew or hot glue to affix.
9 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
This little personal pizza is so adorable you could just eat him. What you’ll need: Yellow shirt or onesie + red pants + craft felt + stuffing + pizza box. How-to: Cut out little toppings from craft felt and glue or sew them onto the shirt. What’s cuter than a regular pizza? A chubby pizza! Stuff his shirt for max cuteness.
10 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Gumball machines are inherently cute, but watch out when you transform your baby into one—hearts will explode everywhere. What you’ll need: Red shirt or onesie + black pants + pompoms + grey and black craft felt + red shoes (optional). How-to: Cut a circle out of felt that covers the front of the shirt or onesie. Cover the circle in pompoms. Hot glue them down securely then glue the entire circle to the shirt or onesie. Cut out ’25¢’ and a small rectangle from the black felt and glue to a grey piece of felt that will fit nicely on the knee of the pants. Attach with glue. As an added touch, glue more pompoms to little red shoes.
11 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
This is a great last-minute costume. If you can’t find the necessary red and white striped hat, we have a workaround. What you’ll need: Red and white striped shirt or onesie + blue jeans + red and white striped hat with pompom + black felt. How-to: The clothing is easy, you likely already own something similar, but the hat is trickier to find. To make your own, take a red hat and run a piece of white duct tape or felt across the middle. Make a pompom out of yarn and stitch to the top. Finding round glasses for babies is next to impossible so cut them out of felt and glue the top part of the rims to the hat.
12 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Hans and Franz
“We just want to pump you up!” We dressed up some babies in the classic SNL characters because little puffy muscles are life! What you’ll need: Grey onesies and pants + stuffing + grey and brown craft felt + foam craft balls, skewers and black paint (optional). How-to: To make the weight belts, draw a rectangular shape that is wider in the middle. Glue on a grey piece in a square C-shape for the buckle. Attach the back to the pants with hot glue or needle and thread. Pop babies in their grey outfits and close the belt front with a Velcro dot so it can come on and off. Stuff their little arms and shoulders with the soft stuffing. As an optioanl prop, take styrofoam balls and stick a skewer into the sides to make little barbells, then paint them black.
13 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Garden-loving parents, we have the costume for you (plus, it’s easy to change a diaper in this one. Win!) What you’ll need: Light blue onesie + dark blue pants + craft felt. How-to: Channel your inner crafter (you can do this!) and cut out a felt belt and buckle and glue to the front of the pants. Cut out two big triangles from red felt and glue or sew up the sides to make a hat (if you’re worried about fit, glue it to an exsiting hat that your baby is already comfortable in). Cut out a beard shape from white felt and glue or stitch it to the front of the shirt.
14 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Hold Up! We have the cutest version of Beyonce’s Lemonade that the internet has ever seen. What you’ll need: Yellow dress + toy plush bat. How-to: If you have these items, zero crafting to be done. If you can’t find that perfect yellow dress (check the thrift store, though), glue layers of yellow tulle to a yellow top.
15 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Are you ready to go back to the future? Just add a ’50s-styled mom or dad and Doc Brown to the trio and you have the perfect family costume. If only you had a DeLorean. What you’ll need: Red puffy vest + denim jacket + plaid shirt + jeans + cool sneakers + black foam core, coloured paper and black paint. How-to: This costume is all about finding the right layers, luckily they are pretty basic pieces. If you can’t find a red vest, you could fake it by taking the arms off of a red button-up shirt. To make Marty’s iconic board, cut out a skateboard shape from black foam core. Splatter black paint on yellow and purple paper. Cut strips out of your splattered paper and glue on the skateboard as shown in the photo.
16 / 22 Costume: Mandy Milks, photo: Erik Putz
Rosie the Riveter
Not all heroes wear capes, some of them wear denim. What you’ll need: Denim romper (or chambray shirt and jeans) + red bandana + blue paper and white paint (optional). How-to: Just pop on the outfit, done and done! OK, not quite—if you want to add the famous “We can do it!” sign as a cute photo prop, grab some blue paper and white paint.
Safety first: Never leave a baby unattended in a costume, DIY or otherwise, and be mindful of overheating, choking or suffocation hazards.