Dressing up for Halloween is a yearly joy for the littles and just as fun for Mom and Dad. Toddlers tend to have a lot of opinions (including about their Halloween costume)...which means they may be dressing as their favorite cartoon character year after year. However, if your tot is receptive to your input on a toddler Halloween costume, you’ll want to make the most of this opportunity! With a mix of store-bought and easy cute DIY Halloween costumes for toddlers, our list has a bit of everything...whether you’re looking for a toddler Halloween costume that’s spooky or sweet. Enjoy!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Toddler Halloween Costume

Very Hungry Caterpillar toddler halloween costume 

Photo & to Purchase: WildwoodCostumeCo

Bring the Eric Carle classic to life by dressing your munchkin as the book’s central muncher. Mom or Dad can go as some of the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s favorite eats to make it a family affair. Talk about an idea you can sink your teeth into! 

Firefighter Toddler Halloween Costume

Firefighter toddler Halloween costume

Photo & How-To: Prep + Shine

Any store-bought firefighter costume (or jammies!) get an instant upgrade when you also deck out your tot’s stroller or wagon to look like a fire engine. We’re sounding the alarm for this clever toddler Halloween costume idea!

Dinosaur Toddler Halloween Costume

Dinosaur toddler Halloween costume 

Photo & How-To: Homemaker’s Habitat

Every kid goes through a dino phase, right? DIY your toddler-saurus-rex this simple—and cute!—no-sew costume…then let the joyful roars roll in.

Disney Toy Story Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo: @Alissa360Style

Woody, Buzz, or any of the Toy Story crew are easy toddler Halloween costumes to put together and provide endless childhood nostalgia. 

‘80s Workout Babe Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo: @elysiabottles

Bring on the nostalgia! This clever and super-cute toddler costume can be thrown together with items you have lying around the house—socks can become leg warmers, for example ('80s soundtrack not included).

Little Lion Cute Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo: @jessagarrett

Let us hear you RAWR! Simple sweatsuits, rag or yarn wigs and tails, and a lot of personality are all it takes to transform your toddler into the king or queen of the jungle. For bonus points, you can also DIY a lion cub Halloween costume for a younger sib!

Granny Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo: @katie_rounds

Okay, boomer! Perfect for wobbly new walkers, this cute DIY toddler Halloween costume is always a hit, and we can see why.

Ice Cream Cone Simple Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo & How-To: Pretty Life Girls

This little DIY Halloween costume is just as sweet as it is simple to recreate for your babe. All you need are some cheap wardrobe pieces, fabric paint, and a pom-pom to get your tyke out the door and ready for their treats.

Football Player Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo & How-To: Design Dazzle

Fall is the perfect time of year to pay homage to this classic American pastime—what better way than with your toddler’s easy Halloween costume?

Beetlejuice Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo & to Purchase: Etsy/FancyShmancyBaby 

Classic. Spooky. Cute. And done! We are obsessing over this expertly handmade Beetlejuice Halloween costume designed and made by a mom of little boys.

Rainbow Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo & to Purchase: Etsy/SuperKidCapes

Etsy Halloween costumes are a great idea because they take zero effort and look more professional than your standard DIY. This easy-to-pull-off rainbow Halloween costume for kids is a colorful winner for a toddler boy or girl and can easily be worn again in years to come.

(Another!) Rainbow Toddler Halloween Costume

Rainbow toddler Halloween costume 

Photo & How-To: Little Red Window

Your brilliant bub will shine in this homemade rainbow costume for kids. Fabric pens do a lot of the heavy lifting in this homemade costume that only calls for a teensy bit of hand-sewing to transform a white tutu into a fluffy cloud.  

Top Chef Toddler Halloween Costume

Chef Halloween costume for toddlers

Photo & To Purchase: Embroidery Mark

Any costume that doubles its use for everyday play is a win in our book! This chef’s costume can be warn to pick up treats on Halloween....and then to whip up treats (real or pretend) in the future!

Britney Spears Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo & To Purchase: Etsy/FancyShmancyBaby 

Oops, she did it again! She… ate too much candy. Bust outside the box with a Britney Spears costume for kids that will catapult all the moms on the block back to the days when they learned those dance moves.

Little Dragon Cute Toddler Halloween Costume

Dragon Halloween costume for toddlers

Photo & How To: Primary

This Primary Halloween costume for toddlers is a good example of how some clothing staples can be the perfect canvas for your creativity (bonus: new sewing skills required!). You can also create a similar vibe with a green sweatsuit, felt wings, and a homemade snout.

Ghost Toddler Halloween Costume

Ghost toddler Halloween costume

Photo & to Purchase: LuckyCapes

A ghost Halloween costume for toddlers is an iconic one you can bring back from the dead any time. Sure, you could go the tried-and-true pillowcase-with-eyes-cut-out route, or you could try a spin on this classic toddler Halloween costume. A cloak, as shown above, doesn't obstruct your tot's vision at all—or you could also create the same effect with a white hoodie! 

Delivery Duds Toddler Halloween Costume

Photo: @californiacostumes

Nobody appreciates the oh-so reliable UPS delivery workers more than busy parents of little ones. So why not pay tribute with this too-cute toddler costume? 

More Toddler Halloween Costume Inspiration…

Didn’t find the perfect toddler Halloween costume here? Check out our favorite baby Halloween costumes to see if that sparks any spooky or sweet ideas!

About Jenny Studenroth Gerson

Jenny Studenroth Gerson is an Atlanta-based lifestyle journalist and novelist (Let Me Let You Go, 2020). Her work can be seen in publications including HuffPost, Cosmo, and WSJ, among many others. Jenny has researched thousands of baby names, combed through hundreds of nursery designs, and curated dozens of baby shower guides, making her absolutely the mom—and writer—you want to talk to when planning for Baby. When not meeting deadlines, she is chasing toddlers or chugging coffee—or both! Find her on Instagram @ourlifeinrosegold for mom hacks and more.

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