Halloween Costume Ideas For Your Baby Or Tot

With the arrival of fall comes crisp, cool weather and all kinds of holiday fun – beginning with Halloween. Carving pumpkins, baking seeds and, of course, dressing up the little ones are some of best parts of this spirited month. Whether or not the kids are too young to enjoy the candy treats, it's still fun to dress up babies and toddlers and haul them around the neighborhood (in a red Radio Flyer wagon!) to show off their creative costumes. Here are some of the most popular Halloween costumes of the season.

By Molly Smith

According to Jamie Beal, senior public relations manager with Babies "R" Us, the team starts reviewing popular costumes from previous years and monitors trends to select what costumes they'll debut for Halloween each year. "Among the newest costumes this year are the loveable monster, a friendly spider and a cuddly bee," says Beal. These costumes are ideal for toddlers and babies because they aren't scary. After all at this age, it's more about cute than creepy.

Animal costumes
In fact, according to Beal, the most in-demand costumes for this age group so far this season are hooded furry animals. "They continue to be popular choices… the monkey is on track to be a top seller again this year," she says. It doesn't get much cuter than that! Other furry hooded animal costumes that are popular include the giraffe, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh.

Tutus and ladybugs and monsters, OH MY!
For the little ladies, ultra-girly "tu-tu-esque" costumes are super popular this Halloween for newborns through 48 months. The ones Babies "R" Us carries are Tinker Bell and a ladybug with a tutu. Novelty costumes are also in-demand, such as "loveable" monsters in pink for the girls and blue for the boys. Beyond the trends, classic popular costumes include Tigger, Pooh, pumpkins and witches, according to Beal.

This year, Toys "R" Us, Inc. and Disney partnered for an exclusive launch of 10 specially designed costumes that will also benefit the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF). The feel-good fantasy costumes come in a range of styles and sizes 0 to 12. Infant and toddler options include Tinker Bell, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh.

Unique choices
Babystyle.com offers a wide array of hooded furry animal costumes in sizes ranging from 0 to 6 months, 6 to 24 months and 2T to 5 T, as well as some adorably unique choices including a Red Hot Chili Pepper, Sweet Tooth Shark and Fly the Coop Chickadee. The darling Proud as a Peacock costume features a soft furry body with elasticized hood and shimmering velveteen on the striped belly and tail. Another fun choice, the Pandorable panda bear baby costume has specialty embroidered detailing that adds flair to this classic costume.

Moms dish on their favorite costumes
So let's hear it from the moms. What are some of the popular ideas that they are incorporating into their Halloween plans this year?

Melanie from Phoenix is planning on dressing her 20-month-old daughter as a bumblebee, per her request. "When I ask her what she wants to be for Halloween, she says, 'Bee. Bzzzz,'" says Melanie. Sara from Los Angeles is hopping on the cuddly hooded costume trend by dressing her six-month-old-son as a kangaroo, complete with a pouch (for storing candy… for dad, naturally!). Two-year-old Kara is going to be Minnie Mouse, a costume that her mom, Karly of Scottsdale, picked out last year, but couldn't use it because it was too big. This year, it fits Kara perfectly.

Regardless of what you dress your child up as this Halloween, the main objectives of the evening are to have fun and be safe! And be sure to take lots of pictures. Your little ones might not remember his or her first few Halloweens, but the photos will last a lifetime!

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