Baby's First Halloween
September 21, 2012 2:15 PM   Subscribe

Geeky (or just really really cute) Halloween costume suggestions for baby.

My son (who has sucked out most of my brainpower) will be almost 8 months old by halloween and I'd love to have a costume for him. Homemade or store bought suggestions are fine. He's currently wearing 18-24 month sized clothes.

Bonus points if there is a matching or complementary costume I (his mother) could wear.

Triple word score if his dad also had a matching or complementary costume.

His father and I are geeks so geeky/nerdy suggestions are great, also, if there are just a really really cute ideas, I'll take those too. I don't want to get too specific since I'd rather have too many ideas.
posted by HMSSM to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (36 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Him as Dr Who, you as the Tardis. Dad as... Amy?
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:20 PM on September 21, 2012

In my opinion, any time you make a baby look stereotypically evil, you've hit comedy gold. (Drawn-on moustache is key.)

Evil mad scientist and his henchmen (husband could be Igor, you could be bride of frankenstein or something)

Devil baby. One of you dresses up like an angel, the other one dresses like normal. Carry baby on your shoulder. Angel pops head over other shoulder.

Dictator baby.
posted by phunniemee at 2:23 PM on September 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: If you can convince your husband to carry the baby on his back, the baby can be Yoda, your husband Luke, and you Leia.
posted by juniperesque at 2:26 PM on September 21, 2012 [7 favorites]

We dressed our daughter as a hot dog when she was 4 months old, with my wife and I as Ketchup and Mustard. We did the Yoda-backpack one year later, with my wife as Luke and me as Darth Vader.
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:30 PM on September 21, 2012

Nope, I was wrong. The answer is obviously Yoda, Leia, and Luke.
posted by phunniemee at 2:30 PM on September 21, 2012

I think my mother dressed me up as an eggplant once. (Special hat required).
posted by ablazingsaddle at 2:33 PM on September 21, 2012

posted by Lemmy Caution at 2:37 PM on September 21, 2012 [4 favorites]

We were going to do Gordon, Chell and a headcrab.

Vimes, Sybil Ramkin and a baby dragon?
posted by geek anachronism at 2:39 PM on September 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

ThePinkSuperhero has some excellent inspiration noted here.
posted by Specklet at 2:41 PM on September 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

So. I cheated and searched Baby Halloween on pinterest.

I thought I had seen a flying spaghetti monster baby costume, but I think it was just This baby as a pot of spaghetti Mom can be a nun and dad can be some other religious figure. Or a chef if you like the pot of spaghetti more than the spaghetti monster.

Lobster, to continue the food theme, along wiht the previously mentioned Hot dog, ketchup, and mustard costumes.


Dobby the house elf from Harry Potter. Add whatever other HP characters you and your husband look like.

Rainbow Brite and Twink for a mom and baby costume.

If the kid is a relatively immobile 8 months, how about shark! or sushi!

And on preview, I see that someone else has linked to pinterest since I started. So, search Baby Halloween and have fun!
posted by bilabial at 2:49 PM on September 21, 2012

Best answer: When I was a baby, my mom dressed up as the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, and I was her heart.
posted by Diagonalize at 2:52 PM on September 21, 2012 [9 favorites]

Farmer, farmer's wife, and chicken (or piglet) under your arm. I'm sad we didn't do this last year when our baby was still a baby.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 2:53 PM on September 21, 2012

Star Trek IV: You and Dad are George and Gracie, (whale costumes would involve matching beanie hats and great sweats with painted belly speckles), baby is Spock (baby bathrobe and headband, comfy!).
posted by Mizu at 2:54 PM on September 21, 2012

er, grey sweats, that is. don't use your great sweats for a painted up halloween costume.
posted by Mizu at 2:55 PM on September 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Wicked Witch of the West and flying monkey. Dad can be straw man, probably the easiest costume.
posted by resurrexit at 2:58 PM on September 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Or Dorothy, Straw Man and (baby as) Toto.
posted by resurrexit at 2:58 PM on September 21, 2012

Another Star Wars variant : Baby as R2D2
posted by Fig at 2:59 PM on September 21, 2012

Babies pretty much look like pastramis already. Stick him between some slices of bread and one of you can be the mustard and the other is a pickle spear.
posted by elizardbits at 3:12 PM on September 21, 2012

Our son was a caveman-baby in a brown terry-cloth towel cut and hand-sewn into a one-shoulder robe like BamBam from The Flinstones. His father and I weren't Fred and Wilma, but we could have been if we'd thought of it.

Another year we were all pirates, with Daddy being Captain Hook. This is the easiest, EASIEST costume to throw together convincingly. Pirates and Halloween go together like toast and jam.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 3:14 PM on September 21, 2012

Here's my favorite from Pinterest. Note: it's disturbing.
posted by Rock Steady at 3:18 PM on September 21, 2012 [5 favorites]

Best answer: My then-11-month-old was an astronaut and it was adorable. Also he kept it on. That's important.
posted by k8t at 3:19 PM on September 21, 2012

Oh my god I have totally changed my mind, mom should be Ellen Ripley, dad should be Kane, and the baby should be the chestburster. DO THIS AT ONCE I COMMAND YOU.
posted by elizardbits at 3:23 PM on September 21, 2012 [5 favorites]

One of my friends was actually responsible for this infamous chestburster costume. Another year I believe he followed the same trend and dressed as the exosuit cargo-loader from Aliens, with his baby strategically attached to represent Ripley.
posted by sprezzy at 3:38 PM on September 21, 2012 [2 favorites]

Silver Surfer and Galactus.
posted by RobotHero at 4:07 PM on September 21, 2012

I made this chicken costume for my daughter last year, and it was a huge hit. I used cheap feather boas from the dollar store.
posted by Nickel Pickle at 4:32 PM on September 21, 2012

Best answer: Friends did Cruella DeVille, one of the puppy robbers, and the baby dressed as a dalmatian puppy from 101 Dalmatians.
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 4:38 PM on September 21, 2012

Cheap and easy, not uncomfortable:

Dad wearing black plastic garbage bag, arm holes cut out. Fabric fall leaves in his hair. Dad carries Babe with fabric leaves pinned to clothing. (ball of leaves) Mom carries rake, wears overalls and a straw hat.

Cuteness rules.
posted by BlueHorse at 4:56 PM on September 21, 2012

Best answer: We call our kiddo "bug," so I put him in black clothes on which I painted ones and zeroes in glitter. I found sparkly green wings and antennae. My partner and I went as pair programmers, which involved me borrowing one of his geeky shirts and him wearing what he always wears.

We're considering having our toddler go as a jawa this year. He makes the right sounds...
posted by linettasky at 5:54 PM on September 21, 2012

I was totally coming in to suggest kuato, too.
posted by bibliogrrl at 7:39 PM on September 21, 2012

Star Trek Science Officer. Mom and dad can be command and engineering (or vis versa). We bought a blue T-shirt, black pants, and got the emblem off a seller on ebay who made and sold star fleet insignia.
posted by fings at 7:58 PM on September 21, 2012

I am scrolling down w/o reading just to say that I've seriously considered having a baby for the sole reason of wearing a chef's hat and coat (dad could be a fisherman) and carrying lobster-costumed baby trick or treating in a giant pot.

Don't judge me.
posted by cyndigo at 9:03 PM on September 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Owlbear. (Owl hat + bear onesie.) Mom and dad could be stereotypical D&D adventurers (maybe a fighter and a wizard).
posted by rivenwanderer at 9:58 PM on September 21, 2012

My kid says "Boo!" a lot (he will be 17mos by Halloween) so I am thinking of dressing him as a ghost, and trying to convince dad to dress as a Ghostbuster.
posted by vignettist at 11:53 PM on September 21, 2012

My 8 month old had a lot of hair on his first Halloween, so we made it stick up with hairspray and colored it white, gave him a mustache and lab coat and he was Baby Einstein.

Mustaches on babies are hilarious.
posted by TallulahBankhead at 3:08 AM on September 22, 2012

I'm still a big fan of putting the baby in a gorilla suit and dressing Mom or Dad as the Empire State Building.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:51 AM on September 22, 2012 [3 favorites]

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