In last week’s Open Thread, we asked readers to report their favorite baby Halloween costumes, and we’ve rounded up the results to present to you the Official Mommyish List of the best and most toe-clenchingly adorable Halloween costumes for babies out there. The only downside of this list is that Amazon baby models, while still admittedly cute, are only 37% as cute as the spawn of real, live Mommyish readers, so you should go peruse the comments of the Open Thread ASAP. Yeah, you might have work you want to accomplish today, but is it really as important as looking at cute pictures of babies?
So if you’re still trying to figure out how to suitably suit up your baby for trick-or-treating fun, or if you just want to coo over some costume-clad cuties, settle in. We’ve got some squealing to do.
1. Cute Invertebrate Animal
I am a helpless sucker (ha) for cephalopods, so there’s no way this suggestion from reader Ana wasn’t going to make the list. Eight arms = extra huggable. Other ideas for the invertebrate-loving parents out there include baby butterflies, baby spiders, and baby lobsters in little baby stock-pots.
2. Cute Swashbuckler
Long before your baby can actually convincingly yell, “YARRR!”, he or she can make your heart walk the plank in this pirate get-up suggested by LadyClodia the Modest Rat. If you’re not sure your baby can carry off that “Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum” swagger, try for Inigo Montoya or Errol Flynn as Robin Hood.
3. Cute “Harmless Thing From Your Childhood That Could Never Possibly Destroy You” Costume
From M., this costume converts adorable baby rolls into a classic Ghostbusters monster. It is literally impossible to go wrong with a Ghostbusters costume at Halloween, unless maybe you actually paint a one-year-old green to go as Slimer. Just don’t cross the streams (of candy that are going to be pouring into Baby’s trick-or-treating basket) if you choose this costume.
4. Cute Invitation To Sob Over A Beloved Childhood Movie
Mimi suggests dressing up your little one as Bambi, which is adorable. However, it does require an additional safety tip: if you’re going to accompany your child trick-or-treating, please wear orange. And be aware of hunters in the area. If you’re interested in yanking on those Disney heartstrings, you can also dress the baby up as little Dumbo, or stick your twins in matching Fox and Hound costumes. Just don’t be surprised if people accidentally put Kleenex instead of candy into your kid’s basket.
5. Cute Nocturnal Predator
6. Cute Way To Serve Raw Fish
Chopsticks are not included in Looby‘s idea, but you can dab pickled ginger behind baby’s ears to really lend the costume an extra touch of realism.
7. Cute Dietary Source Of Carbohydrates
Rachel Sea‘s costume idea is the greatest thing since sliced … well, you know.
8. Cute Way To Make Pictures Of Your Baby Go Viral On Tumblr
This suggestion was raised by both Jem and Kelly. Bonus points to any parent who can teach their little one to yell “wub wub!” while wearing this. But be careful not to take video if you do, because that will hit every corner of the Internet before you can say, “I have a bad feeling about this.” You are pretty much guaranteed to win squeals of approval from other parents with any pop culture reference originating from between 1970 and 1990, but Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Princess Bride costumes have to top the list.
9. Cute Reference To The Holiday We’re All Pretending Isn’t Just Around The Corner
Add a pair of hipster glasses to any pink bunny suit, and you can re-recreate Boozy Shark Lee‘s recreation of Ralphie’s pink nightmare from A Christmas Story. This is the only really scary costume on the list, because it reminds us that within two months, this movie will be playing on TV for 24 hours straight. If you’ve never seen A Christmas Story, there’s always the option of striking fear into the hearts of fellow trick-or-treat parents by dressing baby as a turkey.
10. Cute Cute Cutey Cute Cute OH MY GOD SO CUTE
C is for cookie, and also for colossally cute costume. It’s ohladyjayne who rounds out the list by actually exploding my ovaries with the amazingly adorable cookie costume she made for her daughter. Thanks, ohladyjayne: now I have to figure out my kids’ first Halloween costumes with exploded ovaries to work around.