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13 Halloween costumes that kids—and their parents—will love

From scary to sweet, these costumes will be the hit of the night.

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If your kids are anything like mine, they’ve been talking about their Halloween costumes since, well, November 1 of last year. With so many different costumes to choose from, it can be difficult for indecisive kids to make up their minds, so I polled the parents on our staff, as well as my IRL mom friends, to share what their kids plan to dress up as for Halloween. From creepy to creative, there are plenty of great options that your kids will love—and that you can have delivered straight to your door just in time for trick-or-treating.

1. A trio of Hocus Pocus costumes

Three tweens dressed in costume as the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus
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They can't go wrong dressed as the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus.

Available in sizes: Child small to large; tween medium to extra large
The Sanderson sisters are headed back to haunt Halloween in 2022, with the debut of Hocus Pocus 2. If your child is a fan of the hilarious witch sisters, they'll love dressing up as their favorite spell spinner in one of these costumes. Perfect for a set of three real life sisters or a trio of friends, the costumes come in both children's and tween sizes, for a proper fit.

2. A flight suit to awaken the force within your child

A young child wearing an orange flight suit costume.
Credit: Disney

A flight suit fit for the best pilot in the Resistance.

Available in sizes: 3 to 13
Sure, Baby Yoda is all the rage, but if your kid wants to be unique—yet still faithful to his Star Wars obsession—why not opt for Poe Dameron, the Resistance’s top pilot. The authentic-looking costume comes with a one-piece orange flight suit, a half-helmet, an attached vest, and a detachable chest box with a hose. It’s also fully lined, making it a durable costume that can be passed down to a younger sibling in the future.

Get the Poe Dameron flight suit costume at starting at $44.99

3. Sesame Street’s biggest star

A baby dressed in an Elmo costume.
Credit: Sesame Street

You can't go wrong with an adorable baby Elmo.

Available in sizes: 12 months to 4T
It’s a known fact that cute toddlers look even cuter when dressed up in furry Elmo costumes. Always a popular choice for the 4-and-under set, this comfortable costume is easy to put on—it’s a one-piece that zips up the front—and will keep your little one toasty in even the most frigid weather. One thing worth noting: Elmo’s “fur” sheds, so you’ll likely end up spending November 1 vacuuming your couch.

Get the Sesame Street Elmo Deluxe Plush costume on Amazon for $20.97

4. All you need is a VW Vanagon

Three kids dressed up as characters from Scooby Doo: Scooby, Velma, and Daphne.
Credit: Rubie's

Scooby Doo and his trusty sidekicks will keep it groovy all night long.

Available in sizes: small to large
Scooby Doo may be more than 50 years old, but in classic Hollywood fashion, his face still looks the same. This officially licensed Scooby costume includes a zip-front jumpsuit with an attached head and paws, shoe covers, a long tail and the Scooby Doo collar. The costume is nice quality—not cheap polyester like so many others—but it does run on the small side, so be sure to order one size up if you plan to add a layer of warm clothing underneath.

If your child is more of a Daphne or a Velma type rather than a crime-stopping canine, you’re covered: Both of these costumes come outfitted with wigs and boots, so all your kid has to do is put everything on before she heads out for candy.

5. A costume that gives the right kind of nightmares

A person dressed up as Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas.
Credit: Disguise

The King of Halloween Town is royally frightening.

Available in sizes: 4 to 12
Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas is still taking a top spot on the list of popular costumes. Take your Jack Skelington to the streets in this costume that includes a one-piece jumpsuit with attached coat tails, a detachable bow tie, and a half mask. And if you really want to wow the neighborhood, dress the family pet as Zero the ghost dog.

Get the Disguise Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington costume on Amazon starting at $24.85

6. Everyone's favorite toy duo

Two kids wearing Woody and Buzz Light Year costumes
Credit: Disguise / Party City

Giddyup to infinity and beyond with Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

Available in sizes: 3 to 9/10
Grab your favorite sidekick and giddy-up to this Woody costume that includes an attached vest, a bandana, a Sheriff badge and boot covers. Take note that to complete the look you'll need to purchase the accessory set, that includes the holster and cowboy hat.

If Buzz is more your child’s style, take a trip to infinity and beyond in a Buzz Lightyear jumpsuit with light-up wings. To take this costume totally out of this world, purchase the coordinating light-up helmet.

7. A monkey costume that’s curiously adorable

A baby wearing a monkey costume.
Credit: Spooktacular Creations

Your little one will stay warm—and look adorable—in a fuzzy Curious George costume.

Available in sizes: 6 months to 3T
This cute and cuddly monkey costume includes everything your baby needs to mimic his or her favorite character from the classic Curious George books—even a stuffed banana! Note that the costume runs slightly big, so if you have a preemie or a kiddo who is small, it might be wise to size down.

Get the Spooktacular Creations Baby Monkey Costume on Amazon starting at $19.95

8. A trio of pajama-clad crime fighters

Three young children dressed up as the characters from PJ Masks: Gekko, Cat Boy, and Owlette.
Credit: Disguise

A trio of pajama-clad crime fighters is a great costume option for siblings.

Available in sizes: 2T to 8
The characters from PJ Masks are considered A-list celebrities amongst the 6-and-under crowd, so expect to see quite a few Owlettes, Cat Boys, and Gekkos out trick-or-treating this year. Each of the PJ Masks costumes include a jumpsuit with a detachable tail and headpiece. Parents do report that the jumpsuits run on the smaller side, so definitely size up for comfort, especially if your kid will want to use it for dress-up in the future.

9. A superhero outfit that works for sensitive kids

On the left: a pair of Superman pajamas. On the right: a young boy wearing Superman pajamas.
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A pair of superhero pjs are an option for sensitive kids.

Available in sizes: 2T to 7
For kids with sensory issues, costumes with padding, face masks, or headpieces—and anything that’s just plain uncomfortable—are no-go items. If you’re on the search for a sensory-friendly costume so that every member of your family can truly enjoy a happy Halloween, here’s a pro-tip from a friend: Go with Superman pajamas with a detachable cape. Superman is one of the few superheroes who doesn’t wear a mask, so he’s a perfect choice for children who can’t—or won’t—wear anything over their faces. Add a red cape to these soft cotton pajamas (attach the velcro to their pjs, so it’s not around their neck) and you have a costume that’s sensory- and trick-or-treat-friendly.

Get a pair of Superman pajamas on Amazon starting at $16.90

10. The baddest baddie in the Mushroom Kingdom

Person wearing a yellow Bowser costume with a mask.
Credit: Disguise

Your kid will feel like a King Koopa in this Bowser getup.

Available in sizes: 4 to 12
For kids who love playing video games—especially Nintendo—you can't go wrong with a Bowser costume, the big bad lizard from Super Mario Bros. The costume comes with everything they need to kidnap Princess Peach and defeat Mario, including a jumpsuit with an attached tail, an inflatable shell, a pair of cuffs, and a scary lizard mask.

Get the Disguise Bowser costume on Amazon starting at $39.99

11. The fluffiest rainbowiest unicorniest costume ever made

A costume with a frilly pastel tulle skirt and a unicorn headband.
Credit: Rainbow Estrella

Your child will prance down the street in this Unicorn Princess costume.

Available in sizes: 1 to 12
For the sweetest and sparkliest costume you’ve ever seen, look no further than this Unicorn Princess costume. The fluffy pastel tutu skirt is made for twirling, and the unicorn headband is handmade. There’s no need to be concerned that the sequin bodice will be uncomfortable: It’s lined in soft cotton, so you won’t have to endure an entire evening of complaints about it feeling “owie.”

Get the Unicorn Princess costume on Amazon starting at $22.99

12. A spell-worthy costume

A boy dressed up as Harry Potter holding a wand.
Credit: Rubie's

Harry Potter will be casting spells all over the neighborhood in this costume.

Available in sizes: One size
Grab your wand and a Golden Snitch, because the famed residents of Hogwarts are (still) a favorite Halloween costume choice for kids. The Harry Potter dress-up kit includes a Gryffindor robe, a wand, and a pair of glasses. Don't forget to order the corresponding striped tie so that Harry looks totally put together.

13. For the female wizard in your life

A girl wearing a Hermione costume with a cape.
Credit: Harry Potter

A glittery skirt and detachable cape make this a costume she'll wear again and again.

Available in sizes: 4 to 14
Kids who are more Hermione than Harry will love this costume. With a detachable cape and a glittery skirt—be warned, it leaves glitter everywhere—this outfit is so cute they're likely to wear it as a regular dress after Halloween is over. Don't forget to order Hermione her own wand to complete the look.

Get the Harry Potter Hermione costume on Amazon starting at $29.99

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