Yes, it is possible to go to a store and buy a Halloween costume for your baby or toddler. Sometimes, it’s a lot more fun to make it yourself at home. If your baby has a blanket sleeper or stretch suit, you can make a Halloween costume at home. A simple and fun choice of costumes is some kind of animal. Pick out a sleeper in the color of the animal of your choice. A gold colored sleeper can be a lion or pony, white becomes a lamb or unicorn. You can even use red or blue for those popular pups, Clifford and Blue’s Clues. Get a hat or cap in a matching color and stitch on some felt ears. A lion’s or pony’s mane can be made with a small piece of fringed fleece, and a unicorn’s baby horn from the finger of an old glove wrapped in gold ribbon or cord.
If an animal costume doesn’t appeal to you, there are still other choices. A baby girl can wear a pink stretch suit and tutu to be a ballerina. Get some nylon tulle and fold into several layers. Using a large needle and narrow ribbon, sew in and out along one side of the layers. Gather it up and tie in a bow around baby’s middle. A multi-colored stretch suit can be the beginning of a cute clown. Just pin a big colorful hairbow onto a hat or cap and paint the nose red with a child safe makeup.
Another good starter for tiny tot costumes is a large child or small adult t-shirt. You’ll want one that comes below the knees, but is not so long that the child could trip on it. A white t-shirt can be an angel with the addition of a gold ribbon at the waist, and a stretchy gold headband for a halo. You can make tiny and comfortable wings by stuffing a pair of adult white gloves and attaching them at the shoulder. Stitch or glue the fingers together to keep them closed. Would you like a little witch or wizard costume? Just start with a black t-shirt and paint some stars, moons and planets on it. One of those cone shaped party hats can be covered with black paper to make the hat.
If you have several youngsters attending an event or trick or treating together, it may be fun to theme the costumes. When a group of six or eight children show up at my door in white t-shirts covered in black dots and wearing red felt collars, I know the 101 Dalmatians are out for treats. Do you have several young children dressing as animals? Maybe an adult or older sibling can go as Noah.
If you need ideas for simple costumes, just go to your local department store and check out the Halloween department. Look at what is there and try to picture how you would make the same thing beginning with a sleeper or t-shirt. Once you have an idea, go as crazy as you want with embellishing and decorating. One word of caution is not to do costumes for young children that rely on accessories. An excited toddler is not going to keep track of his knight’s shield or her fairy wand.
So there you have it. A few simple ideas to get you started with designing your own costumes for your young children. Get the kids in on the act as well, and before you know it, you may be starting a family tradition of costume making at home.