Don't just do Halloween infant costumes for the sake of "Baby's First Halloween".
Show off his emerging personality! Use his well-loved, well-chewed boardbook lying next to the nursery rocking chair as inspiration!
Translate his favorite book into a Halloween memory.
I've taken 5 of the most beloved boardbooks in my home and brainstormed some DIY Halloween infant costume ideas for you craft-happy mamas out there.
And for those of you who, like myself, think
the best crafts are those finished by someone else, I've researched "buy on the fly" options for you to happily browse.
Yes, some of those (but not all) are affiliate links. They have no affect on the price you pay, and the company will dribble a few thank-you pennies to me at the end of the month.
It's not enough to buy a house in the Hamptons, but it does slip nicely into my Caribou Coffee Jar-of-Happiness. My addiction thanks you.
For each book, I've split the ideas into two sections. The "Make It in 15" (minutes) option and the "Buy It in 5" (minute) option.
These are my kids' favorite boardbooks. You can use my ideas, or leaf through your baby's favorites for Halloween infant costumes of your own.
Is there a nursery in America that doesn't have this book?
If you've just proven me wrong, I highly recommend you check it out at the library. I guarantee your infant will love it!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
is the undisputed King of Baby Literature.
Bright colors, a cute story, and (best of all) pages with holes.
(My Isabella LOVES sticking her pudgy little fingers into those caterpillar bites!)
Be warned, though! Reading this will get your stomach growling and make you crave a lollipop.
For a newborn baby, dress her in dark green and swaddle her with muslin (the cocoon). Cut out green and yellow circles from felt and glue them on the front of a red stocking cap.
For older babies, follow these instructions:
If she's old enough for solids, bring some snacks for her to munch. After all, she is a very hungry caterpillar... (Don't forget to pack a lollipop for yourself!)
For storybook purists out there, Eric Carle actually has so-called "Officially Licensed Replicas" available in select online stores.
(They're very serious about their hungry caterpillars. These are official Halloween infant costumes.)
They ain't cheap, sister. But then again, it's absolutely obvious what she's supposed to be and it'd make an awesome milestone portrait!
Curious George is an icon of adorable naughtiness.
Only Curious George can make
The plots are pretty darn predictable, which is perfect for developing minds.
Ahhhhhh, stories... In the real world, those little Curious Georgettes would be standing the corner while I gritted my teeth, counted to ten, and prayed for patience.
Still, curiousity leads to good mental development. The curious mind is always learning something new.
Channel the spirit of George with these Halloween infant costumes.
Make Curious George:
*Dark brown felt
*Light brown felt
*A brown hat
*A paper bag
*Bag of Fiberfill
Make The Man with the Yellow Hat:
*Yellow construction paper
*Black construction paper
*A stuffed monkey
Did those instructions make your eyes glaze over? $20 can pony up the real deal.
Use coupon code Save-15 on $75 or more and take 15% off your total. Only for early orders! Expires September 30th, 2011.This coupon is valid only for the Curious George costume below, not the Man in the Yellow Hat.
I couldn't find any Halloween infant costumes of The Man in the Yellow Hat, but I did find a great replical perfect for for Dad.
The story of Noah is the first Bible story we introduce to our kids as babies.
Noah's story is a great reminder of God's
redemptive plan in progress.
Your cutie is way to young to appreciate the deeper meaning of God's redemptive plan, but she sure will love pointing and imitating all the animals!
Using the Noah's Ark theme for the family is simple.
Have Dad dress as Noah, Mom as Noah's wife, and the kids as animals. Pair them up or have each carry matching stuffed animals.
There are lots of different ways you could do the Noah's Ark theme in Halloween infant costumes. You just have to get those creative juices flowing! (Let me recommend a large french vanilla latte.)
*Remnant pieces of laminant wood
For example, you could make your baby Noah.
Use a gray eyeliner to pencil in a beard and dress him in a robe (or striped shirt) with sandals. A white baby wig would be hilarious.
Duct-tape some cardboard around a wagon, and then glue on remnant pieces of laminant wood tiles at your local hardware store. Ta-da! You have an ark!
Have little baby Noah sit in the "ark" and fill it with his favorite stuffed animals. This lets him play while you walk from house to house!
Or you could have your baby be one of the animals instead, having the matching pair ride with him in the stroller or be carried house to house.
The Curious George monkey instructions above can easily be modified for a bear, horse, dog, cat...Are you getting excited with all the possbilities? They're endless!
The possibilities for animal Halloween infant costumes available for purchase are as deep as forty days of rain. I've fished up a few for you to ponder. As an extra bonus, all of the costumes below include the other half of his "pair".
That said, this high level of craftsmanship for Halloween infant costumes is more expensive. The kangaroo is $50, and the monkey and panda are both Tom Arma Collectibles and sell for $60.
If you like the monkey and Panda costumes but $60 is a bit too steep, use coupon code 10TA2011 and take off 10%. You're welcome!
For you moms out there who love a good deal, the three Halloween infant costumes you see above are all on clearance! The meerkat is $10, the lion is around $16, and the 4 baby elephant costume is $20. Clearance means there are a limited number! Once they're gone, they're gone, so hurry!
Let's review the story plotline, shall we?
A stranger, dressed only in a red bow-tie and striped top hat, convinces two kids (who are home alone) to let him inside so he can have "fun" and destroy the whole house while mom's away.
The somewhat disturbing, but
still well-loved Cat in the Hat.
Thank you, Postmodernism, for turning me into a hypersenstive freak whose brain is so wired for political correctness that I actually found myself wondering if this was okay to read to kids.
Inappropriate for kids.
Fortunately, my wonderful husband correctly shamed me and it is now a regular (and beloved) part of the bedtime rotation.
(As is a 5 minute speech on Stranger Danger.)
Here's how to turn your blissfully innocent child into a blissfully innocent American icon.
*Red felt *Fabri-Tac glue
For the body and face:
Cut out a giant oval from white felt.
Using some thick red ribbon, tie a ribbon and hot glue it to the top of the white felt.
Safety pin the white felt onto a black turtleneck.
Dress him in black pants, socks, and shoes.
Use washable eyeliner to paint on whiskers and blacken the tip of his nose.
For the hat:
Measure the circumference of your infant's head with measuring tape.
On poster board, draw that circle, and then a cocentric circle 3 inches wider for the brim.
Cut out the inner circle, saving it for the top of the hat later.
Cut a rectangle from poster board, the long side being around 12-17" long. Roll it up until it matches the circumference of your baby's head.
Tape the rim of the long piece onto the brim of the hat and the head circumference piece to the top. You should now have a top hat made of poster board.
Glue red and white rectangles of felt in a striped pattern around the hat.
If all that glue is making you "too happy", you can have these Halloween infant costumes made and sent directly to you! (Don't you just love the Internet?)
Use coupon code Save-15 on $75 or more and take 15% off your total. Only for early orders! Expires September 30th, 2011.
I'm sad to report that one of our absolute favorite books, Ten Little Ladybugs is fast becoming a lost relic.
Ten Little Ladybugs is on its way to extinction.
I tried to find it a few months ago for a shower gift.
I was shocked not to find it at my normal haunts (B & N, Walmart, Target...).
Eventually I tracked it down and bought it through a book dealer at Amazon.
Why all the effort?
Because this book is a playground between two covers.
Not only does it have those addictive fat-finger holes (like in Hungry Caterpillar), there are 3D ladybugs on all the pages.
My Isabella will spend minutes (which feel like hours, since it's Bella) of focused concentration, convinced that if she could just finagle her chubby fingertip around a ladybug it would pop off, allowing her to place it in her mouth where it (naturally!) belongs.
(Don't worry. They must have used NASA technology because despite all this effort over the past year, they still haven't budged.)
Capture this new ladybug obsession with these Halloween infant costumes.
If you're handy with a sewing machine, I'm confident you can find hundreds of patterns out there to fashion your own perfect ladybug Halloween infant costumes.
For the rest of us, God has provided the miracle of felt and Fabri-Tac.
*Fabri-Tac glue *Black fabric marker
Make the nine other little ladybugs out of the extra pom-poms and fabric markers and attach them with pins, glue or tape all over the stroller. (BTW, this is a great craft for older siblings!)
This amazing custom-made stroller costume at Etsy would also be a great themed addition!
Here are three different designs for hassle-free adorable Halloween infant costumes. The first is bunting style for younger babies and is $19.
The second fuzzy cuddly ladybug is $40, the third one is a Tom Arma Heirloom Costume. (Which makes it $60.)
Here's a hint: You can take 10% off that Tom Arma with code 10TA2011.
The very last infant ladybug costume is an exclusive design for $25.
By coordinating his favorite bedtime stories with his Halloween infant costume, you're paving a memory path for later on.
For example, ten years from now, when you're all eating popcorn and watching family videos, the Curious George costume you picked out for his first Halloween will bring back a flood of forgotten memories.
How he went through "that stage" when George was his favorite toy, his first word, and how he loved to make the monkey noise as you were reading and giggle his little head off so much that you couldn't finish the book.
These are the little memories we often forget to record in the baby memory book, but are still hovering at the edge of our subconscious, just waiting for the right trigger.
These Halloween infant costumes can provide that trigger.
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