What's your kid going to be for Halloween this year? If you, like us, haven't been planning since May, or have three left thumbs when you're handed a needle and thread, you need a simple costume that's both adorable and unique. What better place to draw inspiration from than books? These costumes come from some of our favorite childhood favorites and will be a hit with your kids. Let the candy start pouring in!
If your kid is into color and flair, a circus-themed costume might be right up his alley. Books like Harold's Circus, If I Ran the Circus, See the Circus, and Circus Caps for Sale inspire these wacky and wonderful rainbow wigs from YumbabY. They come in all lengths, and even in a shorter clown version for boys. Another easy Halloween option that's so bright, no makeup is required! Just throw it on and go get your Skittles!
Shiver Me Timbers
Argh you ready for Halloween, mateys? Instead of a traditional pirate costume, why not opt for a cape instead? It'll give your little swashbuckler plenty of movement for collecting his Halloween bounty. This handmade satin-and-felt cape from pipandbean will make your buccaneer the envy of the island (or at least the cul-de-sac). After trick-or-treating, you can curl up with your loot and dive into How I Became a Pirate, Treasure Island, and The Pirate of Kindergarten.
Everyone knows ladybugs are good luck. So here's your chance to dress your favorite little charm as sweet as a bug. Made by sparrowandbcostumery, this costume might just be the sort of thing she'll wear long past trick-or-treating. Just ask Lulu from the Ladybug Girl series; she's always ready to take on the world in her red-and-black superhero garb.
The Royal Treatment
We've come a long way since the days of Cinderella. Today's little ladies have lots of royal inspiration, from an ever-expanding Disney entourage to The Rescue Princesses to reluctant little piggy Olivia, who's not too sure about glamming it up in Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. This beautifully crafted princess crown from ArsiArt is the perfect accessory for those girls already sold on princess-hood, as well as those still on the fence. It's diminutive in size, but it packs a royal rainbow punch. Perfect with just a leotard or cape, this is the sort of feminine delight that becomes a forever keepsake after the party...and would probably convince Olivia that being a girly girl is great.
Every child's bookshelf needs at least a few dragons. Whether they're the classics (Puff, The Magic Dragon, My Father's Dragon) or the entire How to Train Your Dragon series, nothing sends the imagination soaring more than a giant, winged, flame-spewing lizard. What kid WOULDN'T want to be that for Halloween? Check out Etsy shop BeauMiracleForYou for some of the cutest dragon costumes around.
Calling all knights of the round (or picnic) table! TheTreeHouseKid has lots of felted handmade breastplates, swords, helmets, and shields perfect for fending off dragons or naptime. This is a great costume choice for slayers and the chivalrous, or just devoted fans of Shelley Moore Thomas's beloved Knight series, which includes the hilarious Take Care, Good Knight; Get Well, Good Knight; and, of course, Good Night, Good Knight among others.
Gather 'round, little Skippyjon Joneses. Here's the chihuahua mask you've been waiting for from the adorable Etsy shop dieknuschels. Even more exciting? It's an affordable instant PDF download, so before you can say Los Chimichangos, you're in a magical Mexican make-believe! Skippito Friskito!
Thanks For Noticin' Me
Everyone loves Winnie the Pooh, but shouldn't Eeyore get a little credit for being adorable? We all know he sure could use the attention. This lovable donkey infant costume by CrochetbyPalm might actually be even cuter than the baby who ends up wearing it. And it's sure to garner at least two servings of mini Mr. Goodbars from smitten neighbors.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Cute
Calling all Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and On Top of Spaghetti fans: here's the costume you've been looking for by MJSpiritWear—a spaghetti-and-meatballs get-up that no one can resist, not even the gluten-free. Most kids are cute enough to eat. So why not dress them that way? (This one also gives Dad an excuse to dress as garlic bread.)
There's a reason Richard Scarry's artfully and comedically drawn children's books have stood the test of time. They're funny, colorful, and chock full of animals and life lessons. What more could anyone want from a kid's book? Sausages? Check! Lederhosen? Check. This October, indulge your love of all things Bavarian and dress your little one like he or she is straight from Best Word Book Ever! This adorable onesie set from TheWishingElephant puts the Scarry back in Halloween.
Every girl I've ever known has had a Caddie Woodlawn and Laura Ingalls Wilder phase, and FolkoftheWoodCrafts is the perfect destination for all things pioneer. Based in Williamsburg, VA, this Etsy shop has lots of bonnets and pinafores for the girls, and Robin Hood/medieval options for the lads. I get giddy just scrolling through the options. It's enough to make me fashion a toy ball from a pig's bladder. Remember that scene from Little House in the Big Woods? No? Never mind, then. Just get your Walnut Grove on here!
If You Give A Kid A Cookie
What happens If You Give A Mouse A Cookie? Well, in this case, he will probably declare it the cutest cookie he's ever seen. TheCostumeCafe specializes in all sorts of culinary-themed costumes, so good news for you if your little trick-or-treating bookworm is also into If You Give A Pig A Pancake. Because they've got a pancake costume, too! Who needs Halloween candy when you've got a sweetie like this at home?
Pretty In Pinkalicious
Do you have a Pinkalicious fan in your house? Well, look no further than Raeganatplay for all the pink wings and pink tutus and pink glitter and pink wings your little princess could ever dream of. (There's also lots of purple for Purplicious fans. And gold for Goldilicious fans. And, yes, things for Silverlicious and Emeraldlicious fans, too.) All beautifully crafted and surprisingly affordable.
But I Am An Alligator (Or Crocodile)
Crocodile or alligator? Alligator or crocodile? It might matter in nature, but in storybooks, they're equally delightful. Why, who could ever decide between I, Crocodile, The Enormous Crocodile, and Lyle, Lyle Crocodile or Alligators All Around, Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator, and Charlie and Lola's But I Am An Alligator? All have the literary bite kids crave. This Halloween, dress your little ankle-biter in this adorable crocodile (or is it alligator?) hat by HandmadeMonster. It'll take your whippersnapper all the way through winter, too.
Crazy Cute Like A Fox
In our literary opinion, some of the greatest children's storybooks star a fox, including Fox in Socks, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the entire delightful Fox series by Edward Marshall. This Halloween, dress your sly little guy or gal in one of these adorable hoodies from ThumbelinaWorkshop. It's a clever option for those rascally kids who don't really want to wear a traditional head-to-toe costume, but still want to look super crafty.
Thanks to classics like The Polar Express, The Little Engine That Could, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Donald Crews's Freight Train, little railroad enthusiasts abound. Let them indulge their dreams of becoming an engineer this Halloween with this classic conductor's hat by Etsy shop LNoelDesigns. It's easily paired with overalls to create an instant get-up for the tyke who won't sit still. (Who can blame them when there are mini Snickers to be had?!)