20 of the Best Halloween Costumes for 2018

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Halloween is just about a month away and there are some fun, cute, scary, and just plain amazing costumes out there this year. From baby to big kid, fancy to DIY, and solo to family, here are some of my favorites!

costumesSnow Owl: I love Chasing Fireflies dress-ups. Yeah, they’re definitely pricey, but quality dress-ups last forever and can be handed down and passed around—they’re totally worth it. Anyway, it’s really hard to pick just one costume, but this is one of my favorite favorites. While everyone else is dressing up as their favorite witch or wizard, your kid can dress up as Hedwig! Plus, this whole ensemble is just gorgeous.

 

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Lady and the Tramp: Want your family to stand out from the sea of The Incredibles this year? Gotcha covered with the best family costume ever.

 

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Clueless: Sometimes it’s not all about the kids. Sometimes you actually get invited to a grown-ups’ party and get a sitter, and pretend you have no kids. It’s kind of like reliving your youth, so why not dress appropriately in this 90s throwback costume—there’s even one for your BFF because you know you’re not showing up to the party alone. As if!

 

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Princess Sleepover: Ralph Breaks the Internet isn’t even going to hit theaters for another two months, but it’s already influencing Halloween costumes thanks to the amazing Disney Princess sleepover stills that have been released. Disney Princesses in loungewear? Be still my heart! Perfect for those of us who will be accompanying our little trick-or-treaters, our little ones who will be out past their bedtimes (just tuck ‘em into bed in their costumes!), or our princess-loving little ones who don’t love the foofy dresses that go with their favorite characters. Bonus: They can wear ‘em post-Halloween! Check out some great costume inspiration here.

 

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Mr. Peanut: I know—and totally respect—that peanuts aren’t generally welcome at kids’ parties, but I think we can all make an exception for this one. The best part is that it’s DIY!

 

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Dumbledore: I look forward to seeing Pottery Barn’s costumes every year, but they’ve really outdone themselves here. Remember in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when the Weasley twins try to cross the age line around drawn the Goblet and end up sprouting long white beards? That’s all I can think of when I see this picture of a tiny toddler Dumbledore. Squee!

 

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Campfire: This is a fun no-sew DIY costume that doesn’t look like it’s going to take a PhD in crafting to accomplish. And it also isn’t going to cost more to make than it you would invest in just buying a super-fancy costume. I also love that it’s got family costume potential, too—how easy is it to dress up whoever accompanies the kid trick-or-treating in a flannel shirt and some jeans? You could also make an easy tree out of two stiff felt triangles (be sure to leave arm holes!) and brown leggings or pants, or keep scrolling past the campfire and check out the skunk and bunny costumes.

 

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Bennett the Bomber Plane: My daughter was five weeks old for her first Halloween, and she dressed up as a pea pod. She was, of course, absolutely adorable. I think this plane costume might be even cuter.

 

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Pineapple: You know, I don’t really think “Carters,” when I think “Halloween costumes,” but I really should because oh my goodnesss this pineapple!

 

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Cabbage Patch Kid: While we’re looking at baby costumes, let’s also take a look at costumes that incorporate baby carriers. I love this Cabbage Patch Kid costume. It not only dresses up the carrier, it dresses up the baby and includes the carrier wearer, too!

 

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Fighter Pilot: This fighter pilot costume is from Costco of all places! (Sizes are limited online, so you may want to check your local store if you’re looking at sending your little one off among the clouds this Halloween.)

 

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Jurassic World: Got a lot of ground to cover while you’re trick-or-treating? Let Micro help you with this genius scooter-friendly Jurassic World costume, complete with a dinosaur costume for your kid’s scooter.

 

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Lightning McQueen: Do you have mad DIY skills and a Lightning McQueen fan in your house? Then here’s the costume for you! Honestly, it’s so much cuter than simply dressing up in a McQueen-inspired driver’s firesuit—totally worth the effort.

 

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Knight: I find Spirit Halloween stores to be intimidating. And I get really irritated about buying costumes that then require buying a hundred additional accessories to actually complete the look of the costume as shown on the bag. This costume, though, is not only wicked awesome—it comes with everything you need except the sword.

 

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Miss Clavel and Madeleine: I love Primary’s clothes, and they have a ton of DIY ideas—many of which allow you to DIY a costume for Halloween and then keep the clothes intact to wear later. Like this adorable Miss Clavel and Madeleine combo. Could it be any cuter?!

 

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Glowing Horn Unicorn: Are you familiar with Kiwi Co.? The company offers subscriptions for STEAM kits for kids of all ages. This year, they’re offering a special selection of Halloween costume maker kits in their store, for kids starting at age 5. Some of these kits are a whole different level of DIY, and an awesome opportunity for you kids to exercise their creativity and their building skills. This one was my daughter’s favorite.

 

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Nutcracker: Well, if they’re already selling Christmas stuff in the stores, why fight it? Join in the Christmas creep and dress your family up as characters from the Nutcracker. If you’re looking to really make things special, check out the upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms for inspiration to update your costumes from the standard Nutcracker look.

 

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Baymax: Okay, honestly if I was a kid, I’d probably want to be Hiro, but as an adult, this is one of my absolute favorite costumes and I’d pick it for my daughter in a heartbeat. And then I would refuse to tell her I was satisfied with my care because, well, who’d want to see this adorable little marshmallow deflate?

 

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George Washington: I’m a huge Hamilton fan—and so is my daughter—so I can’t have a Halloween costume list without a costume that would be at home on stage with A.Ham himself. While this is officially a George Washington costume, your child could pass for pretty much any guy in the first act of Hamilton. Add some gold epaulettes and braid and you’ve got Lafayette! Swap out the tricorn hat for a stocking cap and you’ve got Hercules Mulligan! No matter who your Hamilfan wants to be, the gang’s all here with this costume.

 

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Photo credit: Ashley Thompson

Go Big or Go Home: And finally, if you really want to coordinate as a family…well, go big or go home: pick a costume and put everybody in it. This family #nailed it.

Who will your baby, child, family, or you yourself be for Halloween this year? Share your photos with us after the big day!

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Christina lives in Northwest Illinois with her husband, daughter, and two English Springer Spaniels. Before becoming a reluctant stay-at-home mom, she worked in a variety of customer-service-oriented jobs while dreaming of living in the lap of luxury as a housewife. Unfortunately, having a child threw a wrench in Christina's plan to do nothing but eat bonbons while lounging in the Jacuzzi reading all day. Now, she spends her time looking for fun activities and crafts for her daughter and easy-to-prepare meals for her family, while trying not to land the kid in therapy when she grows up. Christina volunteers at her local library, and does both volunteer and paid work as a sexuality educator. She loves to read, and to learn about--and share--new products and resources.

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