Picking out the perfect Halloween costume and getting dressed up is — aside from the candy — most kids’ favorite part of the holiday. But parents only have a short window of time to do the picking of adorable outfits like chubby pumpkins or fuzzy sheep.
By the time a kid starts elementary school, their favorite TV shows and their friends have more influence over their costume choice than what mom and dad think is cute. Before your kiddo develops strong opinions about their Halloween persona, here are five costume categories to consider for maximum cuteness factor.
1. Costumes so cute, it’s scary.
In no time at all, your kid will be requesting fake blood and scary masks as a part of their get-up. Before you need the help of a special effects team to get them in costume, try an adorable take on classically spooky Halloween characters.
2. Lions and elephants and bunnies, oh my.
There’s nothing sweeter — or more snuggly — than a baby dressed up as a fuzzy animal. From the farm to the forest, consider dressing your little one as a baby animal before they’re too old to object.
3. Outfits cute enough to eat.
There’s only a short growing season for kids tolerance for being dressed like fruits, vegetables or baked goods for Halloween. Add cute food-themed costumes like these to your shopping list to ensure your child looks as delicious as the candy they’re trick-or-treating for.
4. Dress your baby the way you binge watch.
It won’t be long before your kids have their own Netflix queue, so while they’re young, have some fun with your favorite shows and dress them as the characters that entertain you once they’re in bed.
5. Little babies, big jobs.
Do you imagine you’re little one will someday be president? A ballerina? Try to envision what big jobs your little person may someday do by making their Halloween costume reflect a grown-up career choice.