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50+ adorable baby + kids Halloween costumes 🎃

This is the cutest thing we've ever seen.

50+ adorable baby + kids Halloween costumes 🎃
Crystal Mijailovic Quayle

Deciding on a Halloween costume for your little can be a tough choice so we're always looking for some inspiration. Maybe they want to be their favorite book or television character. Or, they want something completely unique. Let the creativity flow, mama!

We asked #TeamMotherly to submit their children's Halloween costumes—and you all didn't disappoint! From classic costumes, like Superwoman and Cinderella to more out of the box attire, like a scarecrow or chicken, we gathered 50+ costume ideas to inspire the kiddos.

Here are a few of our favorite submissions. Plus, we included where you can buy similar costumes if you're not a DIY fan.

1. Superwoman, submitted by Bibianna Rocha

Super Hero Costume, Target

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2. Snow White, submitted by Keshia Williams

Snow White Costume, Target

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3. Flamingo, submitted by Crystal Mijailovic Quayle

Baby Plush Flamingo Vest Costume, Target

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4. Peter Pan, submitted by Kaitlee Fenno

Disney Peter Pan Costume, Amazon

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5. Scarecrow, submitted by Tiffany Casper

California Costumes Silly Scarecrow Costume, Amazon

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6. Robot, submitted by Jennifer Neff

Princess Paradise Baby Racket the Robot, Amazon

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7. Octopus and mermaid, submitted by Julianna Drinan

Mermaid Dress and Headband, Target

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8. Princess, submitted by Chelle Zellers

Cinderella Costume, Target,

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9. Troll and jack-o-lantern, submitted by Rima Ivy

Trolls Poppy Costume, Amazon

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10. Lobster, submitted by Holly Simon

Lobster Baby Costume, Amazon

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11. Chicken, submitted by Jacklyn Kate

Plush Chicken Costume, Target

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12. Max from Where the Wild Things Are, submitted by Nicolle Mallinson

Leg Avenue Infants Max Costume, Amazon

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13. Baby Elvis, submitted by Brittany Lara Pilcher

Elvis Onesie Costume, Amazon

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14. Starry Night, submitted by Cierra Joy Wortman

Golden Star Costume, Target

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15. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, submitted by Anna Kirschbaum Frary

Stay Puft Costume, Target

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16. Old Lady, submitted by Kristen Poat

Child Grandma Costume, Amazon

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17. Clown, submitted by Dha Muyalde

Clown Costume, Amazon

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18. Mummy, submitted by Marieke Ayoub

Mummy Costume, Target

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19. Dinosaur, submitted by Christel Jameson

Tiger Dinosaur Animal Costume, Amazon

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20. Sushi roll, submitted by Chelsea Druso

Sozo Sushi Bodysuit and Cap Set, Amazon

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21. Monopoly, submitted by Allanah Bryant

Black Top Hat, Amazon

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22. Crayon, submitted by April Nixon

Kids Blue Crayon Costume, Amazon

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23. Frappucino, submitted by Courtney Richards

Baby Cappuccino Costume, Party City

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24. Belle from Beauty and the Beast, submitted by Brittany Baez

Disney Princess Belle Dress, Target

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25. Skunk, submitted by Kelsey Maier

Skunk Baby Costume, Target

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26. Strawberry Kiss, submitted by Jam My

Shopkins Strawberry Costume, Target

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27. Unicorn, submitted by Tyler and Hilda Dunford

Plush Unicorn Costume, Target

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28. Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, submitted by Kelsey Berry

Princess Paradise Dorothy Glitter Costume, Amazon

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29. Deer, submitted by Carrie Arias

Disney Baby Deer Costume, Amazon

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30. Tangled and Frozen characters, submitted by Lindsey Whitworth

Disney Princess Tangled Rapunzel Costume, Target

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Disney Princess Anna Costume, Target

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31. Firefighter and Dalmatian, submitted by Kate Zylinski

Carter's Dalmatian Costume, Amazon

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Junior Firefighter Costume, Target

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32. Mickey Mouse, submitted by Victoria X Yang

Disney Mickey Mouse, Target

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33. Harry Potter, submitted by Karisa Seamans

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Costume, Amazon

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34. Baby giraffe, submitted by Heather Dorman

Giraffe Costume, Target

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35. Baby bear, submitted by Kristen Reay

Bear Costume, Target

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36. Cookie Monster, submitted by McKenzie Ruttner

Cookie Tutu Costume, Amazon

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37. Moana and Pua, submitted by Clare Kennedy

Disney Princess Moana, Target

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Plush Pig Costume, Target

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38. Butterfly, submitted by Eni Dan

Butterfly Costume, Amazon

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39. Luigi and Peach from Mario Brothers, submitted by Lisa Coker

Super Mario Bros Mario Costume, Target

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Super Mario Bros Princess Peach, Target

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40. Police officer, submitted by Pamela Zavaleta

Baby Cop Costume, Amazon

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41. Power Ranger, submitted by Danielle Groff

Power Rangers Costume, Target

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42. Prince Gristle from Trolls, submitted by Alicia Hooper

Trolls Gristle Cake Outfit, Etsy

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43. Chucky, submitted by Kim Butcher

Chucky Boys Costumes, Amazon

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44. Bananas and monkey, submitted by Taylor Zuiderveen

Monkey Baby Costume, Target

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45. Batman and Robin, submitted by Stephanie Maiden

DC Comics Robin Costume, Target

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Batman Costume, Target

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46. Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter, submitted by Emily Whiteley

Crochet Dobby Elf Hat, Etsy

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47. Puppy, submitted by Brooke Shemer Zweig

Puppy Costume, Target

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48. Paper Bag Princess, submitted by Heather Cameron

Vintage Gold Lace Crown, Amazon

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49. Little Red Riding Hood, submitted by Kimberly Steward

Red Riding Hood Costume, Target

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50. The Big Bad Wolf, submitted by Nicole Monk

Little Wolf Costume, Target

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51. Pink Super Girl and Wall-E, submitted by Jasen Melinda Eairheart

Supergirl Sequin Costume, Target

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52. Home Alone characters, submitted by Molly Anderson Caton

Baby Boys Knitted Hat, Amazon

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53. Luke Skywalker and Jedi Knight from Star Wars, submitted by Wolf Pup Threads

Star Wars Luke Skywalker Costume, Target

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54. Marty McFly from Back to the Future, submitted by Carla Bermudez-Rivera

Back to the Future Marty McFly Jacket, Amazon

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