It’s never too early to start shopping for Halloween costumes, especially when it comes to your kids. Whether you’re looking for ideas or your child knows exactly what they want to go as, there’s nothing more frustrating than pawing through racks of mismatched costumes and wrong sizes at the store two days before the big event.
Plus, with some kids unable to go out last year as a result of the pandemic, many parents want their children to have the best Halloween ever in 2021. Sure, decorations, scary movies and delicious snacks help set the tone, but the real mood totally starts with the best Halloween costumes for kids. Whether you’re trick-or-treating, visiting friends or staying in as a family to play board games and eat candy, we’ve got a few ideas for Halloween costumes for kids to get you started.
From Disney characters to fuzzy animals and everything in between, here are some of our top picks.
1. Loveland Lava Dragon Costume Set
FOR THE LOVER OF DRAGONS
Dragons are making a comeback this year thanks to a girl named Raya and her fiery friend Sisu, so if your child is into the theme then this set is sure to make them breathe their very best practice fire. The gorgeous hand-printed wings look authentic enough to any kid (aged three and up), but it’s also made with eco and child-friendly inks, which should make any parent feel good about their decision to purchase this set. The best part is that this is designed to last, which means kids will have tons of fun playing dress-up well after the actual holiday.
2. Great Pretenders Firefighter Set
FOR BUDDING FIREFIGHTERS
If you’ve got a firefighter aficionado in your abode, this five-piece set comes with everything your little one needs to pretend to be the real thing. There’s a personalized name badge and play fire extinguisher that doubles as a water gun for warmer weather, but just like a real firefighter this costume is all about safety first. That’s why the jacket is designed with reflective tape, so come Halloween night your child will remain nice and visible.
3. Aeromax Jr. Chef Jacket & Hat
FOR KIDS THAT LOVE TO COOK
Aspiring chefs can whip themselves into a frenzy with this on-brand chef Halloween costume for kids, which of course includes the standard hat and jacket. Pair it with jeans and an oversized sweater for a warm night of trick or treating, but also put it to good use the next time you’ve got to get dinner on the table and want to inspire your kid to help.
4. Spooktacular Creations T-Rex Deluxe Kids Dinosaur Costume
FOR THE DINO-LOVING SET
How do you make a dino Halloween costume for kids even more authentic? By including a plush egg, of course. This bright and fun T-Rex costume is guaranteed to be a hit with any dinosaur-obsessed kid, and parents who have purchased the getup rave in the reviews about how roomy it is — one reviewer even revealed his kid wore a big puffer jacket underneath. Definitely go up if your kid is wavering between two sizes though, because even if it’s a bit loose now, this costume is too cool not to wear for dress-up in post-Halloween play, too.
5. Buzz Lightyear Adaptive Costume for Kids
FOR KIDS WHO LOVE SPACE
Kids can go to infinity and beyond in this official Toy Story costume, but even younger kids who don’t necessarily know who Buzz Lightyear is will get a kick out of being an astronaut. For those who are into the franchise, however, there’s everything a kid needs to defeat Emperor Zurg … or escape from the mean, toy-terrorizing bully next door. Worried it won’t fit your kid? Don’t be. The costume has been designed for a wide range of sizes and comes with an opening at the back (and at the front), wide legs and a longer length so that this can easily be customized for any young fan.
6. The Mandalorian Costume for Kids
FOR STAR WARS FANS
Children know that when it comes to invoking anything from The Mandalorian come Halloween, this is the way. We’re talking about an official Disney-designed getup, of course, which comes with a safety-first helmet (complete with cutouts to see and breathe), not to mention the bodysuit with all the bells and whistles from the show. Okay, so your kid won’t be able to blast themselves into the sky or anything, but this thing looks almost as indestructible as Beskar .
7. Black Widow Costume for Kids
FOR FEMALE SUPERHERO LOVERS
The Natasha Romanoff origins story that everyone has been waiting for finally arrived this year when Black Widow hit theatres. And no matter how much you loved or hated the movie, there are plenty of little girls out there who are looking up to the character right about now. Give them an early Halloween treat with this practical and authentic Marvel Halloween costume for kids, which includes a two-piece jumpsuit that can easily fit warmer fall clothes underneath for a more comfortable and warm trick-or-treating experience.
8. Spooktacular Creations Unicorn Costume Deluxe Set for Kids
FOR UNICORN AFICIONADOS
This five-star Amazon Halloween costume for kids seems designed for parents and kids alike. The younger set will appreciate all of those magical unicorn qualities, while parents will appreciate that this onesie also happens to be warm and practical when the mercury drops. Parents online are fans of the fact that it’s easy to get on and off, while others report that the detachable wings make for easy transport for those times you need to whisk young unicorns away in the car.
9. Melissa & Doug Magician Role Play Costume Set
FOR THE LOVE OF MAGIC
Imagination is the name of the game with this adorable unisex set, which comes with all the accessories any budding magician needs to pull off the perfect Halloween trick — including a hat with a bunny inside, naturally. The best part though is that if your kid really is into magic, then this costume also makes a great year-round gift, since they can throw it on every time they put on a show.
10. Melissa & Doug Pirate Role Play Costume
FOR WANNABE PIRATES
Swashbuckling kids will appreciate the intricate details of this adorable pirate Halloween costume for kids, which comes with fun accessories like the cross-bone hat, eye-patch and a soft sword. After Halloween, they can keep the fun going by building a pirate ship fort, or embarking on a scavenger hunt for hidden treasures. The whole costume is machine washable and comes with wipe-clean accessories, which means it will look and feel fresh for many months of play to come.
11. Deluxe Bumblebee Costume for Kids Furry Bee Outfit
FOR MAKING A BUZZ
Everyone will be buzzing about how fun this pollinator costume is, but you’ll feel good knowing that it’s also warm and comfy. Not only does this unisex costume come with cool shades, but it’s one of the most unique-looking bee getups we’ve seen on the market. In other words, you can feel fairly confident that your kid won’t be wearing the same thing as everyone else in class with this selection.
12. Toddler A League of Their Own Jimmy Dugan Coach Costume
FOR AN OLD-SCHOOL THROWBACK
There’s no crying at Halloween, which is why this Halloween costume for kids inspired by Tom Hanks’ character in A League of Their Own may be a perfect fit for your baseball-loving kid. Even if your child is into the game and doesn’t know the movie, most adults will appreciate the throwback. The piping and logo are totally reminiscent of the Rockford Peaches uniforms from the 1992 movie, plus we think it’s just adorable when kids dress up like adults.
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