Halloween Costumes with a Baby

For a while, I had a hard time coming up with a themed Halloween costume for our family. I really wanted Liv to be a mermaid, but then I found something totally different- I’m pretty excited about it (and hope she thinks it’s cool when she sees pictures later). We’re actually making the costumes instead of buying them but here are some of the runner-ups for those of you who are planning your family Halloween costumes:

-Flower and gardeners

Baby pink pansy flower costumeSource

Baby wears a flower costume -made or store-bought- and the parents wear gardening gear: gloves, overalls, jeans, Crocs, carry a watering can

-Mermaid or fish, fisherman/fisherwoman and/or life vest/bouy

Mermaid baby outfitSource


Baby is the mermaid or fish, mom and dad can be fisherman (rain boots, overalls, fishing poles, hats), carry a tackle box, one parent can even wear a life verst or floatation device (thank you for the ideas on this one, friends!)

-Lobster or cupcake and chefs



Baby is the lobster or cupcake, parents are the chefs (can buy chef outfits fairly inexpensively at local uniform shops, instead of going to a costume shop), carry a large silver pot or rolling pins with the cupcake baby

-Wizard of Oz!

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Baby is a lion (or Toto dog or Dorothy) and parents can choose any of the Wizard of Oz characters (Dorothy, Glinda, Tin Mar, Scarecrow, Wizard, etc). This would be great for a larger family, too. 

 This year will actually be my first real Halloween with Tom (we’ve only had one in 6 years together and we spent it in Valdosta unpacking boxes) and our first as a family of three. I’m excited to share pics of our costumes!

Are you dressing up for Halloween? Fellow moms, what are your kids going to be? Are you dressing up as a family? You might not know yet if your kiddos are like Kyle and I used to be- we’d change our minds at least twice between now and Halloween 😉



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  1. Michaela on September 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    hahaha, so the parents are cooking up the baby lobster? 😉

    some of the costumes are soooo cute!!
    I grew up in Germany in “Karnvel´s Region”- we dressed up every year for a huge parade and stuff. I have fabulous pictures from when I was very little and dressed as a ladybird 🙂

  2. Helen on September 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I’m getting really excited for Halloween! I love that cupcake costume – adorable! That one gets my vote.

    Me and my friends are nerds that are super in love with Cher. I’m going as a gypsy, one friend is going as a tramp, and the other is going as a thief.

  3. becky on September 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    i jokingly suggested that we dress one of our daughters up as honey boo boo, another as pumpkin, me as momma, and my husband as sugar bear. it got nixed pretty quickly 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      that’s AWESOME

    • Beverly Aragon on September 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      You betta redneckonize! Just dooooo ittttt!!!!!

      • Fitnessista on September 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm


  4. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on September 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I always dress up for Halloween – no idea what I’m going to be this year though!

    I love the Wizard of Oz idea, that’s adorable.

  5. Sarabell on September 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Ha ha, I love it! I already have a gender neutral costume picked out for next year, but my husband isn’t quite on board with it yet. I’m working on him though! =]

  6. Andrea on September 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I’m in the “not gonna spend $30 on a costume you’ll only wear once” camp, so last year, I just made Bronwen a $3 black & orange tutu and this year I think she’s going to be a Hobo, which the husband and I think is hilarious and we can make the costume out of things we already own.

    • Sarabell on September 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      That’s a good idea. I think the first Halloween I’ll probably go all out just because it’s exciting to me, but after that I’ll probably make them.
      Plus, store-bought costumes mean a lot of other kids will be wearing the same thing… and the hobo is an adorable idea. =]

  7. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I am so excited to see your halloween pics! Josh and I still have no idea what we’re going to be! That last halloween lion costume Josh and I have already agreed if we have a little boy will be its first costume. SO adorable!

  8. Jess on September 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Oh my they are cute costumes! That lion is adorable!!! Can’t wait to see what you go with!

  9. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on September 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    OMG the cupcake costume!! That is too cute for words!

  10. Rebecca on September 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I just got a Dragon Costume from Old Navy for Max – done and done. He likes the crinkly wings that sparkle 😉

  11. Kathrine on September 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    We are either going Mario themed, kiddos would be Mario, luigi and peach. Or batman themed. Batman,robin and batgirl. Kids are still deciding! Hi btw, I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time! Oh, and I LOVE the mermaid! I tried getting my daughter to go as Ariel. She was always my favorite!

  12. Lindsay on September 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    So looking forward to seeing your pics! I’m not a huge Halloween fan, but your ideas for family costumes are really creative and cute. My kids don’t know what they’ll be yet, but my guesses are that my son (7) will me a ninja and my daughter (5) will be a princess (again!).

  13. Mallory on September 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Sad panda 🙁 my 18 month old hates Halloween. She cried last year while she was in her costume (tinkerbell) and cried this year when she tried on her cow costume. Maybe I can trick her into being a zombie!

  14. brittany on September 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I dont celebrate Halloween so I dont dress up but I have always loved little baby/kids costumes!!! My cousin had a costume party once and I wasnt able to be there but my brother was a truck driver, sister in law was a stepford wife (hit it dead on might I add! She looked beautiful and perfect!) my nephew was a dinosoar (or disanore as he calls them!) and my niece was a kitty cat. The kitty cat was the cutest costume ever!

  15. Michelle on September 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Last year my boss dressed her one-year old as a car air freshener. It was the cutest thing I have ever seen!

  16. Kristi on September 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    My 5 yr old wants to be a police officer at the moment, but I’m sure this will change 5x before Halloween and maybe evn the day of Halloween! He’s been known to just wear something from our dress-up bin or ask us to make something after we buy him a new costume. My 2 yr old is going to be the strawberry from Old Navy (I wanted to make her an owl costume, but she wasn’t into it) and my 5 month old will be a giraffe. The husband and I still need to decide what we’re going to be. The kids love when we dress up!

  17. Maria on September 26, 2012 at 12:03 am

    People keep asking what we’re dressing our LO up in for Halloween…she’ll only be 2 1/2 months old so I’m not sure if we’ll do the Halloween thing yet this year. We are for sure carving pumpkins though 🙂

  18. Lauren on September 26, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Last year, our son was Mickey Mouse and I went as Minnie Mouse and my husband was Donald Duck. This year, our son wants to be a shark and I haven’t figured out what we will be yet. 🙂

  19. Julie on September 26, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I love dressing up for Halloween. I’ve never done a group costume though.

  20. Bek @ Crave on September 26, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Haha that poor child! Nah she will love it 🙂 Bring out those photos at her 21st 😉

  21. Beth on September 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Does Bella get to join in? She’d be a very cute Toto… or a little Bella cupcake herself! LOL!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      of course!!

  22. Sonia the Mexigarian on September 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    LOVE Halloween and Dia de los Muertos 😉 October is my favorite and busiest month of the year. Last year Eric and I dressed up as The Chiquita Banana Girl and a Giant Banana. Fun times. When we were infants, my mother had all 3 of us girls dressed up as a pumpkin for Halloween. My mom made all of our costumes until we were in high school. Mom’s kick butt and I’m sure you’re going to rock Liv’s first Halloween <3

  23. Carrie R. on September 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    If your little Olivia isn’t a Cupcake, I don’t know who is!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      she is a little cupcake 🙂

  24. Rick Byrd on September 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Halloween is such a fun time of the year. My kids have always loved to dress-up and play around the house but at Halloween they get to go out and show off plus get lots of candy (which I do eat some when they are at school).

    My sister has a 15 month old daughter and I think she is going as a mermaid. She is going to be the talk of the neighborhood.

    – Rick

  25. Angela Seale on September 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve seen the cutest Monster High Costume for girls on Youtube today. Looks to be good value for money. I’m considering buying it for my 7 year old I thinks that she will love it. Has anyone bought one of these costumes before
    I’m intested in getting other opinions before making a purchase I’ve pasted the link below.


    – Angela

  26. Shelley on September 28, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Last year our Scarlett was 4 months old, & she was a little piece of nigiri sushi (got it on Etsy), my husband was a sushi chef (chef jacket and Karate Kid headband), & I was a geisha/Japanese theme woman (makeup, chopsticks in hair, Japanese jacket)

    This year we’re thinking about being the Flinstones – Barney, Fred, & baby (16 month old) Pebbles!

    • Shelley on September 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

      * I mean Wilma, Fred, & Pebbles! NOT Barney!! doh!

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