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Babywearing Halloween Costumes

Trick or Treating with your kiddo in a sling, mei tai, wrap or carrier?  Make your babywearing part of the costume.  Here are a few suggestions from us here at Mamanista:

Baby Kangaroo CostumeKangaroo – Forward Facing

Okay, a marsupial may be an obvious choice…but still adorable!  Dress in tan, get yourself a pair of brown floppy ears, and put your baby in this adorable Baby Kangaroo Costume. Wear baby facing out in the kangaroo carry, of course! If it is cold out, put on an extra-large hooded sweatshirt with room for you and your little passenger.  You’re ready to wear your baby like they do on the Discovery Channel.

Baby Carrier Butterfly CostumeButterfly Delight – Facing In

Use a black or brown soft structured carrier or wrap (or cover your carrier with black or brown fabric). Then, create crepe paper Butterfly wings.

Or, if you are less crafty, you can purchase inexpensive Monarch Butterfly Child Wings or Butterfly Wings for Children in Blue or Orange and just affix them to the carrier.

Mama can dress in brown and be a twig with leaves or green and be a flower–just add some pretty petals to a headband or around a collar or glue a large silk blossom to your hat and mama is a budding beauty.

(Shown using a Beco Carrier, courtesy of

Baby Chick in CarrierChick in an Egg – Facing Forward or Facing In

All you need is a white wrap or soft structured carrier. Cut out a “broken egg shell” shape from white felt and affix to the carrier. Dress your child in all yellow as a baby chick and add, for a finishing touch, add a white “egg shell” hat.

Check out the full version of this baby chick in a carrier, with the parents as farmers, from Coolest Homemade Costumes. Or, order one of these baby chick costumes: Hatching Chicken Baby Costume or Chick Baby Bunting Costume.

Jack in the Box Babywearing Costume

Jack in the Box – Forward Facing

This one will work best with a forward facing carry in a soft structured carrier or a wrap. Simply dress baby up as a jester.  Then decorate a simple box (add a crank for extra fun).  Finally, attach a decorated box to the carrier. Even if baby is too pooped to pop, like this one, you’ll still be the hit of the party.

(Photo: “Best Costume Ever” used with permission)

Carter's Ladybug PramLadybug – Any Carrier

Just blue or stitch black pom poms to your red pouch, sling, or wrap and dress baby in all black with antennae (attach springs with black pom poms to a black headband or hat). Carter’s Ladybug Pram will keep your love bug cozy and the adorable bobbing antennae will stay put.

Babywearing SpiderAlong Came a Spider – Forward Facing or Facing In

Dress baby up as an arachnid or follow the instructions for this No-Sew Spider Costume from Martha Stewart. Wear a black, grey, or white wrap or a soft structured carrier and you can attach more webbing and plastic creepy crawlies.

To wear a younger baby facing-in with this costume, just add a black hat and paint or glue eight eyes to the back of the hat.

Baby Dorothy Newborn CostumeSomewhere over the Rainbow – Any Carrier

Dress your girl up as a Baby Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and then wear a rainbow of clothing. Bonus points if you can convince Dad and assorted friends, cousins or siblings to dress up as the cowardly lion, scarecrow or tin man…and bring the little dog, too!

Monkey (or any Critter) in a Tree – Any Carrier

Your child is a little monkey, always climbing and chattering and eating fruit. Mama wears neutral and her baby clings onto her, safely wrapped in a green sling for a leaf or a brown sling for a branch. If you’re really feeling the Halloween spirit, add a hat for mama and hot glue on palm leaves and bananas.

Costumes: Monkey Newborn Costume with banana from One Step Ahead, Charades New Microfiber Monkey Newborn Costume. Just change the foliage to use the same idea for your Baby Panda (faux bamboo), Brown Bear, Owl, or other tree-dwelling critter.

Like Bees to Honey – Any Carrier

For the cutest costume since the tap dancing bee girl, dress your honey as a busy little bee and mama can be the perfumed flower (see the Butterfly).

You can either use a green sling as a leaf or take a black carrier and tack on fuzzy yellow stripes to transform the carrier itself into a bee.

Check out these costumes for your kiddo: Buzzy Bumble Bee Infant/Toddler Jumper Costume, Toddler Girl Bumble Bee Costume, Bumble Bee Bunting Infant Costume.

Up in the Clouds – Cradle or Hip Carry

Your kiddo will look pretty fly with a pair of goggles and a tan hat (or check out this
Baby Pilot/Aviator Infant/Toddler Costume
or Air Force costume).  You can dress all in blue and add an airplane cut-out to your sling for the full effect.

Pirate on Board – Any Carrier

Any black or brown pouch or sling will work.  Cut a ship’s wheel from felt or paper board and glue, staple or stitch onto your sling.  Then pick out a fabulous Baby Pirate Bunting Costume or Toddler Pirate Girl Costume (my gal wore this last year) or Toddler Boy Pirate Costume.  You have plenty of choices because ARRR…Pirates be trendy.

Want More Ideas?

Baby Superman Sling CostumeMamma’s Milk has a fun gallery with plenty more ideas, including a Speed Racer, Superman Infant Snap Costume (shown with a red sling), Spiderman, Watermelon Slice, Hula Girl, and more.

With a little bit of creativity, you can coordinate almost any infant or toddler costume with babywearing!

We’d love to hear your babywearing costume ideas, too.  Leave us your suggestions in the comments and add your photos to our Halloween Babywearing Flikr Group.

Written by

Candace is the co-editor and co-founder of Mamanista. She is an educational consultant and writer.

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44 Responses to "Babywearing Halloween Costumes"

  1. Abbey says:

    Love the chick in the egg costume!


  2. mrsmogul says:

    The spider one is hysterical!!!

    I’m afraid my toddler won’t wear one of those so I’ll have to think up something creative!

  3. Sarah says:

    Genius! I’d love to feature this post on my site, if that’s alright with you.

  4. Kerri says:

    I did the chick and egg with my daughter 4 years ago, and it was a huge hit! I had people that I didn’t even know coming up to me, asking to take our picture, at our church’s fall festival! I still have friends talking about that costume. I plan to re-use it this year with our newest addition.

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  6. I was born in mid-october, in 1982. Since my sister was five at the time, and was a big mommy’s girl, my mom had to find a way to take me along, but also keep me protected from germs and the cold. She did the kangaroo thing, so I technically went trick-or-treating for the first time at 2 weeks old, as a “joey!”

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  8. Delilah says:

    I love these ideas. The hatching egg idea is adorable!

  9. Dolly Marie says:

    The chicken in the egg is the cutest costume I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing. I am no very crafty so if there are others like me I found this site.
    Happy Halloween to all!

  10. Katherine says:

    Oh those are so adorable! What a great idea for babywearing Mom’s and baby.Love the somewhere over the rainbow costume.

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  12. Benson says:

    baby chick costume looks very nice and unique and making the home made costume is something fabulous.

  13. maddie says:

    With baby in a green sling and green clothes, glue or sew some green spongy nerf type balls in a line on baby’s tummy to make a pea pod
    green balls:

  14. bubble dress are very nice girl dresses and i always ask my girlfriend to wear one -:’

  15. Cricket says:

    A few years ago, I found a size 3 Old Navy bunny costume on consignment for 2 or 3 dollars. I cut out down and added feet so that it would fit my 4-month-old. I then took a 5-gallon bucket and cut it in half top to bottom. I bought a black sheet for $5 at walmart and cut part of it to cover the bucket. With a little engineering, I made the bucket look like a top hat (complete with fancy ribbon trim and a brim made from cardboard) and attached it to my Baby Bjorn front carrier (upside down). I then used the spare pieces from the bunny costume to cover the top part of the carrier. I put on the straps, put a white dress shirt over them and cut holes in the shirt so that the carrier would clip on without the straps showing. I finished it off with a cape (made from the rest of the black sheet) and a wand made from a dowel rod painted black with white tape on each end. Tada! Homemade magician with a bunny in a hat costume for les than $20! Since my son had a full bunny costume on, he was super cute in the carrier and out.

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