Trick-or-treat! A baby or infant may not understand what the phrase means, but he or she can still have fun participating in the Halloween festivities Happy Halloween Wishes. Of course baby’s first holidays are really for the parents, since baby probably won’t remember any of them, so feel free to dress your little one as you wish- there will be a day when they won’t want you to dress them anymore! Have fun with it and take lots of pictures. In the following paragraphs we will give you some baby costume ideas as well as safety tips and fun activity ideas for parents to do with their little ones at Halloween time.
How to choose a costume
Halloween is a time for young and old to be whatever they want to be for one day. A Star Wars character? No problem. Superman? Great. A princess? A witch? A ghost? The list goes on and on. In baby’s case, his or her costume is based on what parents want baby to be for the day. When brainstorming for your baby’s costume you will first want to decide which costume genre you want to pursue. Many times parents want baby’s costume to match the rest of the family’s so you might want to pick out the other family member’s costumes first and then look for a baby costume to match.
Basic Costume Genres
TV & Movie Inspired: This type of costume includes television and movie characters from yesteryear and today. Examples of these types of costumes are: Superman, Supergirl, The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Dora The Explorer, Go Diego Go!, Buzz Lightyear, Travelocity Roaming Gnome, Shrek, Scooby Doo, Mickey or Minnie Mouse, Elmo, Wizard of Oz characters, Sesame Street characters, Batman or Robin, Star Wars characters, The Hulk, The Smurfs, Baby Eeyore, Thomas the Train, Yogi Bear, Curious George, Muppets characters
Whether you make, buy or borrow your baby’s costume the first and most important thing to consider is baby’s comfort and safety. Be aware that the costume should not be too tight or binding, especially around the neck. Baby will not have a good Halloween if his or her movements are restricted or if he or she is too hot. If you decide to use a costume with a headpiece ensure that it isn’t squeezing baby’s head. Many babies and infants do not like things on their heads so the headpiece might get pulled off during the festivities or even before. In addition, we recommend that you do not use a mask in your baby’s ensemble since this could be dangerous or at the minimum scare your baby. If you choose to put face paint on baby, use non-toxic paints to ensure that baby’s sensitive skin is protected as well as to prevent baby from ingesting anything toxic (since the paint could run if baby sweats, or baby might be able to lick it off around his or her mouth).
Other Important Things to Consider
The weather– is it usually getting cold or still a bit warm at Halloween time where you live? If you have your heart set on a summery type costume for your baby and it will be cold where you live make sure to bring along a heavy coat and layer baby with items like legwarmers (which can be put on baby’s arms or legs for warmth), gloves, socks and shoes or boots. If baby will tolerate a hat then consider a matching winter type beanie, or another cap that covers baby’s head and ears.
The type of event you will be attending– If you will be going to a pumpkin patch or other outdoor event consider what the outside temperature will most likely be. However if you will be attending an indoor celebration and it’s cold outside be sure that you can take off any layers from baby’s costume when you get inside so that baby stays warm on the trip to and fro but is comfortable inside the event.
Other people’s costumes– As you probably know, babies and infants can get startled easily. If you are going to an event where adults and teens will be in costume, or if you plan to go trick-or-treating, it is important to realize that your baby could get scared. Some adults costumes can be very frightening, even for baby’s parents, so it’s important to keep in mind that you may have to change your plans if baby isn’t enjoying the festivities. Certain babies will not be able to handle a situation like this at all so try to gauge what kind of event you feel your baby is ready for and plan accordingly.