Your little pumpkin may be too young to trick or treat, but dressing up is a must for Halloween photo ops and other family fun. From retro and classic to sweet and funny, we’ve narrowed our costume picks down to 16 of the cutest and most clever costumes for little kids.

Popeye

Here's a sneaky way to get your child to eat spinach.... This tough-guy costume requires minimal sewing (just for the muscles). Whip up the rest of it with fabric glue, Velcro and a magic marker. You can make Popeye's trademark can of spinach with a metal can; attach green paper and fill it with green tissue paper. Get all the details at The Banister Family blog.

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Baby Bat

If you’re going batty for this adorable costume, head to Tell Love and Party to find out how to make it. Bonus: If you’re planning a family costume, you'll learn how to put together looks for a whole monster family to go with baby bat, including Frankenstein and his bride and a cute mummy kid.

Sock Monkey

Dress your cheeky monkey in this cute, classic sock monkey costume. To make it, you’ll need a thrift-store sweater, some sewing skills and a super-cute child. Get more details on the Grosgrain Fab blog.

Aerobics Instructor

This costume is the perfect complement for those adorably chubby baby thighs. All you’ll need is a headband, leg warmers and a onesie. (Bonus points if you make the hand-sewn boom box!) Check out more photos at Homemade By Jill.

Baby Owl

Whooo is the cutest baby around? Yours, of course. This DIY costume takes a little time and patience, but it's worth it to see your baby owl looking cute – and feeling comfortable – in the final result. For step-by-step instructions, go to The Love Notes Blog.

Humpty Dumpty

What an eggs-ellent idea for a roly-poly baby. Make sure you have all the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men to back you up on this fun costume idea from Haunt Style.

Little Sushi

If you really missed those dragon rolls while you were pregnant, dressing up baby as a piece of sushi might be right up your alley. The Little Big Blog has the DIY for this clever costume.

Cotton Candy Babe

This baby is sweet as sugar dressed up like a bag of the classic carnival snack. This costume may be a bit tricky to put together if you’re new to crafting, but, oh, what a treat! Check out Craft With Confidence for detailed instructions to help you every step of the way.

Turtle

Your little crawler is a perfect candidate for this adorable turtle costume. To re-create it, check out the clear, detailed DIY at The Love Notes Blog.

Matryoshka Doll

You won’t want to keep this doll nestled away on Halloween night. See more photos of this cute costume, perfect for brand-new walkers, at Eileen Josephine.

Lil' Raincloud

The cute factor here can brighten the gloomiest day. Head off to You and Mie for all the details on how to make it.

The Original Grouch

If your child is going through a grumpy phase, this Oscar the Grouch costume might be the perfect way to get some laughs out of both of you. Find out what you’ll need to make it at Little Frills.

Tiny Toadstool

This teeny, tiny toadstool makes an excellent sidekick for a mini Mario Bros or a fairy princess. Wispy House has all the info on how to make this magic mushroom.

Popcorn Baby

This costume idea is ideal for trick-or-treaters who’ll be in a carrier on the big night. (Yep, that's real popcorn stuck to the hat.) Find out how to pull it off from This Place Is Now a Home.

One Cute Cookie Sandwich

Take tummy time to the next level with this chipwich costume and then take photos that will win Instagram. Find out more about it from Sweet Emma Jean.

Awesome Octopus

Sewing skills are required for this adorable octopus costume, which comes complete with soft, squishy tentacles for your little one to play with. Check out the project at Mermagblog.

 

— Gabby Cullen & Eva Ingvarson Cerise

 

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