My daughter was born just a few days before Halloween, and even though she was too little to have any idea what was going on, we still wanted to dress her up and take her around the neighborhood with our other child. I am a sucker for a baby in an adorable Halloween costume, but there is no sense in spending $30 or more on a Halloween costume she will only wear for a few hours (and it’s not like they’ll fit next month, let alone next year!). Plus, many of the fancier costumes look cute, but they have itchy material or accessories that will likely bother the baby (like rhinestones).
And if you think we’re a victim of holiday creep, we wanted to get you this guide as early as possible (though costumes and candy are already out in stores!) so you can plan ahead. Tomorrow, we’ll have a guide for toddlers.
Instead, consider one of these adorable, low cost costumes that you can probably make from materials you already have around the house (and yes, a baby pumpkin is on the list):
Supplies needed: White sweatshirt, 2 bags of cotton balls, hot glue gun, scissors, large scrap pieces of black felt, knit hat. (You may already have many of these supplies on hand; check the dollar store  or another discount retailer for the sweatshirt.)
Directions: Take a white sweatshirt or t-shirt (depending on what the weather will be on Halloween) and cut off the sleeves. If you would like, glue the raw edges of the sleeve to the inside of the shirt with a hot glue gun. Then, glue cotton balls all over the sweatshirt close together. Also, take a baby’s white knit hat and cover with cotton balls. Attach floppy black felt ears. Underneath, baby should wear black pants and a black shirt, or whatever solid color clothing you have. White (or pink for a girl) might work, too.
Supplies: Roomy red bodysuit, red tights, green hat, green felt (enough to cut 6 pieces for the strawberry “stem”), hot glue gun.
Directions: Cut out 6 pieces of the green felt to resemble the stem of a strawberry and glue to the top of a green hat. Put black “seeds” on the red body suit with a permanent marker. Place baby in red tights and the roomy red bodysuit and stuff the bodysuit with socks until it resembles a plump strawberry. Don hat and have fun trick or treating.
Supplies: Scraps of black felt (enough to fit around baby’s waist and to make a headband), scraps of green felt, a piece of red felt big enough to cut a rectangle to be placed on baby’s stomach, glue gun, white clothes to wear underneath
Directions: Cut a piece of felt as a headband to fit around baby’s head and glue green felt cut in a spike pattern to represent the green plastic garnishment that comes with most sushi orders on to the front of the hat. Cut a large red rectangle of felt to fit on baby’s belly to look like a piece of tuna. Cut a black band of felt about 1 to 2 inches wide to go around baby’s middle (like the seaweed around the middle of a piece of sushi). Hold in place with a pin or a snap. Baby should wear white pants and bodysuit underneath.
Supplies: Orange shirt or body suit, black pants, orange hat, black fabric paint, green felt pieces and glue gun (optional)
Directions: Simply paint on a jack-o-lantern face on the orange shirt. If you are using a bodysuit that is a bit large, stuff it with socks to get a rounded look. Wear black pants underneath and add the hat. (We found a pumpkin hat for our daughter for only a few bucks at a discount store.) Or, you can add some green felt leaves on the top of the hat with a glue gun to finish the look.
Supplies: Blue sleeper, foil for a badge or buy a badge, black fabric paint, glue gun, small pieces of black felt
Directions: Either create a police badge out of foil and glue it to the front of the sleeper or buy one somewhere like the dollar store. Use the black fabric paint to create a black belt around the waist. Then just cover the footed part of the sleeper with black felt to make faux shoes.
If you live in an area with cold winters and plan to buy your baby a bunting, choose one that could double as a Halloween costume. We had a plush Pooh bunting for my other daughter that worked great for her Halloween costume when she was an infant, and then she was also able to wear it all winter.
What DIY infant costumes have you seen or made before?
(Photo: eternalpoet )