When the east wind blows chilly and Starbucks starts putting pumpkin in EVERYTHING, you know Halloween is just around the corner! Parents usually have a little extra fun when Halloween rolls around, especially parents of littles. Not only do you get to raid your kid's candy stash, but you get to be the final say in the costume department. Part of the perks of being a parent is dressing up your kid to go with your own awesome costume. These hilarious photos show grinning parents proudly displaying their favorite nerdoms on their progeny. It's parenting done right! Read through to get some ideas for your next costume, since kids make the best accessories. It's twice the cute with half the effort!
A Very Cheesy Costume
This kid is a slice off the old block. He doesn't even look like he's old enough to eat pizza yet, let alone dress up like a delicious slice! His mom gets points for originality though, as I would have never thought of this. But let's ask the burning question here: is this deep dish Chicago style pizza or New York Style pizza? We have a feeling that some parents will love this costume if it's Chicago based and some will hate it for the very same reason. Come to think of it, this really is a polarizing Halloween costume.
At least with a mini-Hannibal Lecter, you won't have to worry about your kid running off. Let's hope this kid has no idea who this character is, since Silence of the Lambs isn't exactly a kid-friendly movie. I think this parent has found the most effective way to keep their child quiet & still. This seems more like a punishment than a costume, but I'm sure you won't hear the kid complaining... mostly because you wouldn't be able to hear him through that bite-proof mask!
Thanks A Latte, Mom
Starbucks baristas are pretty talented at creating latte art, but even the most master barista couldn't create something THIS cute! Let's hope the caffeine content for this little guy isn't as high as a pumpkin spice latte, or this mom is in for a loooong night. We do have one qualm to make with this costume... mom really should have written the child's name on the cup with their name spelled incorrectly. If you ever needed proof that Starbucks has become the most recognizable chain in the world, here is that evidence.
Mom, You're Giving Me The Creeps
If you are creeped out by spiders and the thought of holding a baby makes you nervous, this is likely to give you nightmares. We have to hand it to this talented momma -- she found a really fun and unique way to integrate her baby into a Halloween costume. If you have a little one at home who can't yet walk, this is a simple costume that will only cost you a couple dollars in materials and a little bit of artistic talent. If there's one qualm with this costume it's the restrictive nature of tying the spider web to your wrists.
We've gotta give babies credit. After all, they are forced to dress up in ridiculous Halloween costumes at the will of their parents and can't really do a thing about it. Take this baby for example. By the looks of it, this little guy isn't exactly sure what's going on, but he knows that he doesn't quite like it. Either way, his creative costume and skeptical expression make for a priceless Halloween photo. We're just wondering what his parent's inspiration was for this adorably hilarious costume. Perhaps mom and dad are chefs? Or maybe, they just really love lobster? Pass the butter, please!
I Think We Should Phone Home
E.T.: The Extraterrestrial is one of the most beloved blockbuster movies of all time. This dad wanted to incorporate their baby boy into their costume and they managed to pull it off with just a few simple pieces of materials. Create some handlebars, add a basket, and buy a solid red hoodie and you're good to go. This dad scores extra bonus points for creating an E.T. costume for his little boy. We're sure Steven Spielberg would be proud of this creation and it serves as a comfortable spot for a child to sit while trick-or-treating.
Mother Of (Sleepy) Dragons
Some of the best child-based Halloween costumes involve themes. This mom of triplets took a cue from Game of Thrones and dressed her little babies up as her very own family of baby dragons. Daenerys Targaryen would definitely be proud of this "Dragon Queen" and amazed at how incredibly adorable her little baby dragons are on Halloween. Store bought costumes are totally acceptable but they really come to life when a bit of the mom or dad's personality are injected into the final product.
What's Up, Doc?
A baby stroller and a bit of artistic freedom can go a long way. This awesome dad dressed himself up as Doc and then turned his child's human-propelled toy into a DeLorean. With his little boy in a red vest, he really tied together the entire Halloween costume. Back To The Future may be more than 20 years old (yes you heard that right) but it's still a popular movie series. A new generation of kids might miss out on Marty McFly and his adventures but this little kid is getting an early education into one of Hollywood's greatest franchises of all time.
Well There's Something You Don't See Every Day
We love that this dad chose to dress up as a Ghostbuster and tied his costume together with help from his little son who plays the role of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. We love the looks on both dad and babies faces but we should remind this dad that the Ghostbusters literally melted the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man at the end of the movie. If you're going to create a Hollywood-based costume, be sure you are getting the right point across or just have a super adorable child who can complete the ensemble like this guy does.
Trick Or Treat-- I Caught You A Delicious Bass
This kid probably hasn't seen Napoleon Dynamite and if they have, it probably didn't have the same comedic resonance or understanding that it did for his mom. With that being said, their mom did an amazing job of capturing the movies exactly outfits, right down to the makeup box. For the most part, kids will dress up like anything their parents choose if the end result is going door to door and getting a bunch of free Halloween candy in the process. Movie costumes are definitely a popular choice among the best children's Halloween costumes we discovered.
Shiver Me Timbers
This dad dressed up as a pirate and turned his small children into his trusted sidekick parrot. We have a few problems with this costume. First, it seems a little bit unsafe to balance your child on your shoulder. Second, why would any parent want to carry their child around on their shoulder for hours while collecting candy door-to-door? Perhaps his wife (shown to the left) carries the candy while dad focuses on making sure they don't drop their small little parent on the ground. We do love that this entire family got in on the Halloween costume game.
Catch Them All!
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year, you're probably vastly aware that Pokémon has made a massive resurgence thanks to Pokémon Go. It's nearly impossible to go anywhere without seeing someone hunting for new Pokémon and battling at gyms. This awesome couple dressed up as characters from the popular children's cartoon and trading card game. Their baby, of course, was dressed up like Pikachu, the most famous of all the Pokémon characters. This is the cutest little Pikachu we have ever seen — hands down.
A Little Chewy
Chewbacca isn't capable of talking in a human dialect and neither is this small little baby. In a way, they are the perfect match for each other. Throw in dad's awesome stormtrooper outfit and you have the perfect making of a father-son Star Wars ensemble. We only have one qualm with this outfit choice — why in the world would Chewy be spending time cradled in the arms of a stormtrooper? Regardless of our attention to detail for the movie, this dad and their adorable little baby look awesome together in their Star Wars costumes.
Eight Times The Cute
Another baby, another mom, and another baby carried turned into an awesome costume. If your child is not walking yet, this is still the best way to give them an adorable Halloween while keeping your hands free to collect candy. Sure, we know the child won't eat the candy but that doesn't mean mom and dad can't enjoy some sweets while showing off their sweetheart. The mom's flippers add a nice touch to these ocean-inspired Halloween costume. The baby also looks warm and comfortable which is perfect for those cold Halloween nights.
A Stinky Sweetie
This dad is obviously a fan of skunks based on his hat and the outfit he put his daughter in. Not only does he proudly display his little Pepé Le Pew for the world to see, he also created a skunk-catching net to carry her in. The trick to creating a fun Halloween costume is to really dive into the purpose behind the outfit. Don't just throw your child in a costume and set them loose, instead, figure out how you can incorporate your own costume with your child's to create a silly and truly memorable Halloween memory.
King Kong's Revenge
In most of the parent and child Halloween ensembles we found, the small child has played the subordinate to the parent's costume. This time the small child plays the main event. Dad dressed himself up as the Empire State Building and dressed his little adorable baby up as King Kong. Given that Kong climbs the Empire State Building in a final attempt to fend off their enemies, we're going to go out on a limb and say the child in this scenario is the star of the Halloween costume. Also, does anyone else feel like dad's costume would get a little bit top heavy very quickly?
Well if Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father it only makes sense that at least one photo exists while he was holding Princess Leia. This dad may have purchased his dad-daughter costumes from a big-box retailer but they definitely look adorable posing together in their Halloween costumes. His baby daughter seems really perplexed by the man who is holding her and it's pretty amusing to see Darth Vader cradling a baby Princess Leia. Is it safe to say Leia was wearing her hair in double buns from a very early age?
What's All The Buzz About?
We bet these children bee-haved on Halloween so they could bee-escorted from house to house in an attempt to bee-queth some candy from all of their neighbors. Okay, enough of the bee puns, but we have to admit this family went the extra mile to create a bee colony, a bee-keeper outfit, and even a beehive. Family costumes can be a lot of fun, especially when everyone has their own role which helps to complete the family ensemble. Throw in two adorable children and you have the makings of a viral Halloween ensemble.
Big Daddy's Costume
Combining technology with your child and a killer robot idea makes for a really fun and unique costume. We're sure this dad put dozens of hours into creating something that would combine their child with a really cool costume. It really looks like the small child is directing the robot from within their control booth. If you want to really impress everyone on Halloween, consider building your own costume and showing it off on the internet. This photo went viral and now dad needs to one up himself every single year.
The parents of this baby must be big Tom Hanks fans. This clueless baby was put into a tiny suit with padding to make them extra round so that they could be shaped like a ball. The parents even went so far as to decorate the suit by putting "Wilson's" face on the front of the suit. This is probably what Wilson would look like if he was actually brought to life. There are probably many people who ogled this baby at how cute and clever the costume was, but the baby hasn't the slightest idea about what's going on. Read on to see what other Tom Hanks movie inspired a costume!
Dinner For Two?
This is adorable at first sight, but if you really think about it, the prospect of this family ensemble is quite creepy and dark. The parents of this clueless baby dressed their bundle of joy in a lobster costume. That alone would have been cute enough! But then, they put their little lobster in a giant pot. And what's this? Are the parents admiring the cuteness of their creation? Or are they thinking about their next delicious meal? We're just kidding! Of course, this is all in good fun and it appears that the baby is hungry too from the delicious costume!
You're A Wizard, Baby
This is one example of a baby who is completely unaware of what is going on. They're probably wondering why a strange man who resembles their father has so much hair falling from his face. This was a brilliant recreation of Harry Potter and Hagrid, but the baby cannot be more confused. Maybe one day this little boy will grow up to be a Harry Potter fan like a lot of other people and he will look back at this photo and be proud that he has the parents that he does.
Dr. Evil And Mini-Me
Fans of Austin Powers rejoice! There are still people out there who think this is a classic movie. Some of the best characters from that movie are Dr. Evil and it's even more hilarious when Dr. Evil's Mini Me is unveiled in the movie. Well, in this case, Dad just happened to be bald and baby hadn't grown a sufficient amount of hair yet. So what better costume idea than this one? It would have been funny if they had used Dr. Evil and Mini Me's classic power suits, but opting for the prison wear is just as hilarious. A hard knock life, indeed!
This family costume photo is cute, but oh no! This baby doesn't know that it is in a trap! Jokes aside, kudos to the parents for this costume idea, even if it means using their baby as the enemy in this case. While the parents wear shirts of an extermination company, they dressed their little one in an adorable mouse costume. Then, they fashioned a mouse trap out of a stroller and even gave the baby a piece of fake cheese to play with! This was a creative costume idea but we're sure that the baby doesn't know that it's practically playing the role of dead meat!
Lieutenant Dan Taylor
If you're not sure what this costume is going for, then look no further than Forrest Gump. This baby is dressed up as Forrest Gump's best friend Lieutenant Dan Taylor, post leg loss. This was a brilliant and cute idea! Because Lieutenant Dan was confined to a wheelchair after the war, the parents who came up with this costume needed only to make their stroller look like a wheelchair and they could keep their baby safe in its stroller all Halloween night. Kudos on the getting it to look like the baby had no legs too!
The Little Old Lady
You know what they say, you enter this world in diapers and you leave the same way! This little girl was dressed up as a granny for Halloween and it is too cute! She even has a mini walker to boot! This is probably super helpful as it will help the baby learn to walk straight, but she probably doesn't know that she's dressed up as an old woman. We're sure that the adorable scene captured a lot of hearts and stole a lot of candy that year, so kudos to the parents for this costume!
This Baby Stays Classy
Anchorman and Will Ferrell fans would agree that this is an awesome costume. THis little boy's parents dressed him up as none other than the legendary newscaster Ron Burgundy. They even went the extra mile by recreating Ron Burgundy's news cast to make it look like he is actually delivering the news! The only thing that separates this baby Ron Burgundy from the real one would be the fact that this baby would probably never think that milk is a bad choice. Hopefully one day this little man can grow a head of hair just like Mr. Burgundy!
This Baby Is Ready To Work!
This baby is ready to work out and squeeze his little baby buns dressed up as Richard Simmons! The adorable outfit consists of classic Richard Simmons work out wear, complete with sweatbands and short shorts. The parents even found an appropriate wig! We're sure if actual Richard Simmons saw this baby in his likeness, he would surely gush ten times harder than we are right now at how cute this is! We hope his parents taught him some classic Richard Simmons moves to complete the look! However, this little boy doesn't seem too sure about his outfit...
Little Red Riding Hood
If you know you have to carry your little one around on Halloween, you have to come up with some costume ideas that make sense. Well, this mom had a clever idea. She dressed up as Little Red Riding hood, and she made her infant the Big Bad Wolf. Okay, so the wolf really isn't too terrifying. Actually, he's pretty cute. But we love how the plush wolf head sits perched on the baby's head. We know he's trying to be fierce, but babies mostly look adorable (unless they're crying). Thumbs up for this really cute, fairy tale-inspired costume!
Ice, Ice Baby
If you were born after 1990, you probably don't get this reference. But this mom and dad obviously think they're hilarious. With an infant in their arms, they're acting out the title to Vanilla Ice's 1990 hit song, "Ice, Ice Baby." As you can see, mom and dad are dressed like bags of ice. But they had to write the word "ice" on their costumes so people could figure out what they were. (We deduct points for that). Then all they did was hold their infant, dressed in a pumpkin costume, in their arms. We give them an 'A' for creativity but a 'B' for execution.
Super Mario Bros
This dad is obviously a fan of the video game Super Mario Bros. He and one of his sons are dresses as Mario and Luigi from the popular game. The infant is dressed, adorably, as one of the mushrooms. In the game, the character gets point when he jumps over the mushroom. One of the things we love about this picture is the baby's face. He (or she? It's hard to tell when they're so small) looks absolutely tickled to be dressed up as fungi. Who wouldn't? It's not every day that you can resemble a mushroom and get away with it.
We love this family costume idea. Mom and dad are dressed like Fred and Wilma Flintstone, while their baby is dressed like Pebbles Flintstone. This is a popular costume, and there are several photos of people doing the identical thing all across the internet. We can't help but wonder if the family resembles the characters they are playing? Fred, for example, has a big heart but is quite insecure and is prone to having temper tantrums. The picture would be even better if it included the Flintstones' best pals: Barney Rubble, his wife Betty, and their son Bamm-Bamm.
This little girl's parents are obviously huge Star Wars fans. She's dressed as one of the most famous (fictional) princesses in the world -- Princess Leia! We really love the details of this costume. First, there's the hair. The baby is sporting what appears to be a yarn interpretation of Leia's iconic side hair buns. She's also wearing a costume that's very similar to the one Leia wore in the first movie. In addition, the baby has a pink light saber in her hands. She is ready to defend herself if necessary. Costumes like this are timeless, and the baby seems happy to wear it!
Some babies are born with hair while others are bald as can be. This little one apparently is the latter. As you can see, he has absolutely no hair on his head, making him a candidate to dress up as many bald characters (Kojack or Lex Luthor, for example). Instead, his parents were inspired by the Peanuts -- the cartoon made popular by Charles M. Schulz. The baby is dressed like Charlie Brown, and the likeness is uncanny! His parents even drew eyebrows and a wisp of hair on his face and head. And of course, he's clutching his best friend Snoopy in his arms.
These two brothers make a great team. Mom and dad are obviously football fans and couldn't help but dress their kids up as their favorite sport. The toddler is wearing a blue team uniform and is holding his infant brother, who is adorably dressed as a football. But we hope the older brother doesn't actually treat his sibling like a football and throw him around. He may look like a ball, but he's definitely a baby. The football costume almost look homemade, which makes it even better. Mom and dad put a lot of effort into dressing up their boys for Halloween.
Even though Elvis has been dead for almost 40 years, people still love the King of Rock 'N Roll. They love him so much that they dress up their babies to look just like him! Take this little one. He's obviously a caricature of Elvis from his older years (when he was a little pudgier around the middle). But it makes sense. You've heard of baby fat. This baby has an uncanny resemblance to the singer. His hair is curled around his forehead just so, and he has a tiny little guitar strapped to his body. Viva Las Vegas!
It looks like this mom and dad are carting around their triplets. Three times the fun! It must be hard to come up with costume ideas when you have three children that are the same age. Well, these parents nailed it. They are the bee keepers, and their babies are the honey bees! What we love about this picture is the commitment the parents put into their costumes. They have to be hot because they are covered in material from head to toe. And their three tiny bees are just adorable (look at their antennas!). They also decorated the wagon with flowers.
This newborn doesn't look too thrilled to be in this position, but we must say that this costume idea is quite clever. Mom and dad decided to make a special picnic basket with the baby as the main attraction. She is dressed up like a box of Triskets. She even has the crackers on her head. It won't be too long before she no longer fits in a picnic basket, so it's clear that her parents made the right call while thinking of the costume idea while she was still very little. They also remembered to include a bottle of wine in the basket.
This mom took the honey bee theme into a different direction. Instead of being a bee keeper, she's a bee hive! We love how she made her costume. It's very obvious that she's a bee hive with the coils around her head and body. She also glammed her baby up in a very bee-like costume. The baby is wearing a black and yellow-striped onesie with black tights. She has bows on her head and around her neck and is sporting giant wings. And nothing says fall like Mums and a pumpkin in the background. Do you agree that this is a buzz-worthy costume?
This baby looks like a stereotypical biker. First, he's wearing a Harley-Davidson shirt. He also has a bandana on his head and is sporting a mustache and goatee (which apparently was drawn on with either make-up or face paint). He's wearing jeans and boots (standard biker attire). But the best part is the drawn-on tattoo on his left arm. What would a biker be if he didn't have any tattoos? We can't help but wonder if the parents are actual bikers or were just having fun with their little one. Either way, we wish he had been photographed riding his hog.
This baby makes an adorable taco. She's so cute, we want to eat her up! It's unclear if the infant can crawl, but it looks like she can. So you can imagine her waddling around, looking like the delectable treat. Hopefully the household pets didn't mistake her for a snack! People love dressing their kids up as food. There's something about babies and tacos and pizza and ice cream that melts our hearts. We're not sure why, but seeing a baby dressed as a taco puts a smile on our face. Or maybe that's just hunger? Three cheers for taco baby!
Hamburger & Hotdog
Everyone in this family looks happy except for the poor kid that has to play the hotdog. Oh, well, you can't please everyone all of the time. This is a pretty funny picture. Dad looks happy to be mustard, and mom looks just as content to play ketchup. The baby is adorable as the hamburger. But let's face it, who really wants to dress up as a hotdog? We know everyone eats them, but when you think about what they're made of, it can be a little gross. Either way, this family seemed to be having fun while trick-or-treating in their neighborhood.
Yes, it's another food costume! Here's a baby in a box of Cuties. If you're not familiar with them, Cuties are delicious mandarins and clementines that are grown in California. It seems fitting that the baby, who is definitely a cutie, is included in a box of Cuties. She's wearing an orange cap in order to fit in alongside the fake, orange balloon cuties. We get what the parents are saying here. They love their daughter so much and consider her their cutie. We agree! What's great about infants is you can dress them however you like. Then they become teenagers.
Neighborhood Crazy Cat Lady
We all seemingly have that one crazy nat lady in our neighborhood. You know, the old lady who rarely seems to leave her house, but she does, emerges in a fluffy robe, messy hair, and with 10-plus cats in tow. That's not to imply that there is something wrong with this lifestyle. After all, lounging in comfy clothes all day while surrounded by cute cats sounds pretty dang good. This little girl's parents used their neighborhood crazy cat lady as inspiration for their daughter's Halloween costume, and they totally nailed it!
A Genius Costume
Albert Einstein was one of the most influential people science (and the world) has ever seen. The guy developed the theory of relativity and won the Nobel Prize in Physics for crying out loud. This little guy's parents were obviously inspired by the late physicist so much that they decided it was the perfect Halloween costume. Between the wild grey hair, unkempt mustaches, suspenders, and the big stack of books, we gotta say they hit the nail on the head with this one! Not to mention, babies dressed up as little old men is never not funny.
A Literal Fart
This has to be one of the most hilarious and grossest Halloween costumes to date! When this young boy told his parents he wanted to be a fart for Halloween, they weren't quite sure whether to say yes or no—but when they go him the go ahead, they needed to figure out how to pull it off. With a quick trip to the store, his mom helped transform brown and green fabric tulle into the mess you see above. The simple addition of a fart sound machine ties it all together and makes it pretty dang convincing!
This picture is great for so many reasons. For starters, we've never seen a baby dressed as Gandhi for Halloween and this costume is perfect. He's got those great round glasses and even a Gandhi-inspired necklace perfect for a teething baby. Two, just look at this kid's expression. The majority of hilarious baby photos almost always have a grumpy baby who is less than pleased to be dressed up for an occasion. But this little guy clearly takes his Halloween costume very seriously and was determined to play the part. He just looks so peaceful!
Trick or treating with a baby can be difficult, especially for those youngins who can't walk far distances. For this reason, lots of parents take their babies trick or treating in wagons, but wagons usually take away from the costume. This little guy's parents thought ahead and knew they wanted to incorporate their son's wagon into his costume in a creative way and they went above and beyond. Not only is this mouse trap costume absolutely adorable, but you know this kid got to trick or treat in comfort and style all night!
Oompa Loompa Doompadee Doo
Oompa loompadoompadee doo, I've got a perfect puzzle for you. Oompa loompa doompadee dee, if you are wise you'll listen to me. What do you get when you guzzle down sweets? Eating as much as an elephant eats? What are you at getting terribly fat? What do you think will come of that? I don't like the look of it! Considering this is a Halloween costume and the holiday is all about the sweet treats, the Oompa Loompa tune is especially fitting. We wonder how much candy this little one ate!
It's always funny to see little kids perfectly impersonate characters from a movie you know they haven't even seen. Take for example these hilariously adorable sisters in their Halloween costumes. Their parents wanted to pay tribute to their favorite movies—the '90s cult classic Wayne's World—and we think they pulled it off perfectly. Between the sneakers, ripped denim, flannel, glasses, and hat, these girls look exactly like Wayne and Garth. Their dazed expressions just make it that much better! We wonder if they quoted the film all night though? We're not worthy...we're not worthy!
Is She Doesn't Scare You, No Evil Thing Will!
101 Dalmatians is one of the most memorable Disney movies of all times. So this brother and sister's parents deemed it the perfect Halloween costume for their kids. We've gotta give it to them—they nailed it! The big sister's hair is perfectly reminiscent of Cruella de Vil with its two-tone color and wild blowout. She even has the slightly evil grin down. Her little brother though? While he definitely looks cute as ever in his spotted costume, he isn't exactly having the best time. Hopefully getting candy changed that!