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
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.
- Get the Tween Sarah Sanderson costume at Spirit Halloween for $44.99
- Get the Tween Winifred Sanderson costume at Spirit Halloween for $44.99
- Get the Tween Mary Sanderson dress at Spirit Halloween for $34.99
2. A flight suit to awaken the force within your child
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.
3. Sesame Street’s biggest star
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.
4. All you need is a VW Vanagon
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.
- Get the Rubie’s Scooby Doo Costume on Amazon for $39.09
- Get the Velma Costume at Oriental Trading Co. for $29.99
- Get the Rubie’s Daphne Costume on Amazon for $22.89
5. A costume that gives the right kind of nightmares
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.
6. Everyone's favorite toy duo
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.
- Get the Woody costume at shopDisney for $44.99
- Get the Woody costumer accessory set at shopDisney for $19.99
- Get the Buzz Lightyear costume at shopDisney for $44.99
- Get the Light-up Helmet at shopDisney for $19.99
7. A monkey costume that’s curiously adorable
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.
8. A trio of pajama-clad crime fighters
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.
- Get the Disguise Catboy Costume on Amazon starting at $34.97
- Get the Disguise Owlette Costume on Amazon starting at $34.97
- Get the Disguise Gekko Costume on Amazon starting at $23.96
9. A superhero outfit that works 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.
10. The baddest baddie in the Mushroom Kingdom
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.
11. The fluffiest rainbowiest unicorniest costume ever made
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.”
12. A spell-worthy 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.
- Get the Rubie’s Harry Potter Dress-up Kit on Amazon for $34.99
- Get the Rubie's Gryffindor Tie on Amazon for $1.81
13. For the female wizard in your life
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.
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