50 Best Fun (And Educational!) Halloween Costumes For Kids

Halloween costumes for kids

Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for people of all ages — a day of festivities where you get to use your creativity to dress up as somebody else for a night and indulge in some sugary treats.

For adults, Halloween may entail over-the-top costumes, alcohol-fueled partying and overall debauchery — but ultimately, Halloween is still a holiday for children who just want to dress up as their favorite superhero and eat their weight in candy as they trick-or-treat through the neighborhood.

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With October finally here, you may be feeling the pressure to decide on the best Halloween costume for your kid. It can become difficult to come up with unique Halloween costume ideas year after year, but with a little bit of imagination and some good supplies, you can make creative costume ideas for your kids that are affordable, easy and imaginative.

Remember, Halloween should be a fun day for both you and your kid so don't stress too much on expensive costumes or creating insanely detailed DIY costumes — chances are whatever you come up with will be the best kids' Halloween costume because it's something you worked on together.

In addition to Halloween, be sure to take advantage of everything the Fall season has to offer your family — pumpkin patches, hay rides, corn mazes, apple picking, haunted houses, 13 Nights of Halloween — and the list goes on.

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Here is a list of 50 best Halloween costume ideas for kids:

HISTORICAL HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

If your kids are in school why not let them dress up as one of the historical characters they are learning about in class. It’s a fun and educational way to celebrate Halloween this year. Let them choose their favorite famous figure from the past or the present and make it a learning opportunity.

1. Forum Novelties child's Ben Franklin costume

A Benjamin Franklin wig, brown coat and vest paired with your own pants and and shoes is all you need.

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2. Rosa Parks Halloween costume

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3. Malcolm X Halloween costume

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4. Rubie's child's deluxe Abraham Lincoln costume

This Abe Lincoln costume includes the vest and dickie, coat, pants, bowtie, and hat - all you need to add is a dark beard.

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5. Maya Angelou Halloween costume

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6. Frida Kahlo kids Halloween costume

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7. California Costumes Susan B. Anthony/Harriet Tubman girl costume

This long black dress costume could work to represent several influential people, including Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman.

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8. Gandhi baby Halloween costume

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9. Roman Caesar the Great kids costume

Your kids can be Julius Caesar if you pair this kids' Halloween costume with a pair of sandals.

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10. Child Albert Einstein costume

Got a smartie pants for a kid? Pair this lab coat with a good pair of jeans and the included wig and mustache to make them into the spitting image of Albert Einstein.

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MOVIE & TV SHOW CHARACTER COSTUMES FOR KIDS

Kids love seeing movies and tv shows with kids in them. Who can relate better to kids than other kids? There are many classic movie and TV shows that you probably watched as a child, and what better way to introduce your kids to the stuff you enjoyed when you were their age then helping them dress up as your favorite characters?

Along with the time-honored shows, there are plenty of current kid-centric entertainment movie/shows as well to choose from.

1. Kids' Halloween Harry Potter dress up trunk costume

Let them live their dreams of being a wizard with this adorable Harry Potter costume that comes with a hood, a wand and a trunk.

(Target, $40.00)

2. The Chronicles of Narnia Halloween costume

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3. Stranger Things 3 Dustin's roast beef T-shirt Halloween costume

All you need is a curly wig to transform this cute Stranger Things T-shirt into an authentic-looking Stranger Things DIY Halloween costume.

(Target, $18.00)

4. Kids Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory costume

Pair the purple jacket, vest and hat with a pair of black pants and a curly brown wig — and don't forget the chocolate!

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5. The Little Rascals easy DIY Halloween costumes

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6. The Sandlot Halloween costume

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7. IT scary Halloween costumes

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8. Peanuts Halloween costumes

Be Charlie Brown this Halloween, yellow and black shirt and all.

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9. The Goonies Sloth costume

The jumpsuit costume comes complete with padded muscles and diaper access.

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10. Rugrats Halloween costume

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STORYBOOK CHARACTERS

You know that book your child makes you read over and over again before bed? Well, it would make a great Halloween costume for them. Give them the opportunity to bring their favorite storybook character to life this year with a custom made costume.

1. Rainbow Fish kids Halloween costume

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2. If you Give a Mouse a Cookie Halloween costume for kids

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3. Dr. Seuss Thing 1 & 2 costume for kids

You could dress up at Cat in the Hat while your kids wear these cute Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes, complete with red onesies and blue hair — the perfect matching family costumes!

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4. Berenstain Bears Halloween costume

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5. The Velveteen Rabbit Halloween costume

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6. The Little Prince Halloween costume

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7. Disney Winnie the Pooh costume

Nothing is cuter and more cuddly than a soft, fluffy Winnie The Pooh costume for toddlers. No shoes necessary.

(Target, $36.99)

8. Leg Avenue 'Where The Wild Things Are' costume

The classic children's story come to life with a soft onesie made especially for toddlers that's perfect (and warm) for Halloween trick-or-treating.

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9. Kids Hungry Caterpillar costume

This colorful Very Hungry Caterpillar Halloween costume is perfect for kids who are obsessed with the book by Eric Carle.

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10. Curious George Halloween costume

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FAMOUS ARTWORK AND PAINTING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Your child is probably not old enough to know and appreciate classic artwork, but it’s never too early to introduce them — instill a little culture into their developing brains.

Halloween may be the perfect time to introduce some Italian Renaissance, Baroque and 19th century artistry to your child. Grab some paint a canvas and let your inner Picasso transform your little one into a work of art.

1. Mona Lisa Halloween costume

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2. Girl With a Pearl Earring Halloween costume

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3. American Gothic Halloween costume

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4. The Scream Halloween costume

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5. Man in a Bowler Hat Halloween costume

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6. The Two Fridas Halloween costume

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7. Portrait of a Lady Halloween costume

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8. Bust of an Old Man with a Fur Cap Halloween costume

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9. The Son of Man Halloween costume

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10. Infanta Margarita in a White Dress Halloween costume

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FAMILY MATCHING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Group Halloween costumes are always a blast to take part in and are an excellent way to get the whole family involved while spending time together this Halloween. There are an abundance of family costume ideas ranging from famous families to iconic groups in TV and entertainment.

Whatever you choose to go as this Halloween your child will be left with heartfelt family memories that will last a lifetime.

1. The Incredibles group Halloween costumes

Grab some matching Disney The Incredibles costumes and pair them up with your family to be the best superhero family in the neighborhood.

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2. The Addams Family Halloween costumes

Put together a Morticia Addams costume, Wednesday Addams costume, Uncle Fester costume, Pugsley and Gomez Addams costume for the creepiest family on the block.

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3. The Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes

Put together a Dorothy costume, Tin Man costume, scarecrow costume and cowardly lion costume to go trick or treating as a group.

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4. The Flintstones Halloween costumes

Pair a Fred Flinstone costume with Wilma Flinstone, Pebbles and Bam-Bam for a stone-aged family costume.

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5. The Fairly OddParents matching Halloween costumes

Be the most magical family trick-or-treating this year by making easy DIY costumes of Wanda, Cosmo and Timmy Turner. You could even add in some of the other characters for a bigger family, including Poof, Vicky and the Crimson Chin.

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6. Beetlejuice Halloween costumes

If you want to scare the heck out of your neighbors, just go together as the characters from Beetlejuice — especially a Barbara mask.

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7. Toy Story Halloween costumes

For a sweeter family costume, pair together a Buzz Lightyear costume with a Woody costume, Little Bo-Peep costume and Jessie costume.

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8. The Avengers group Halloween costumes

If your family is a big fan of the Avengers, then there's no more perfect Halloween costume ideas than to pair each Avengers costume together. Try dressing mom up in a Black Widow costume, put dad in a cool Iron Man costume, then let the kids take their pick of a Captain America costume, Thor costume, Hulk costume, Clint Barton costume or a variety of other characters that represent the superhero series.

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9. Grease Halloween costumes

Dressing your family up as the characters from Grease is super easy if you have the right DIY supplies. With a Pink Ladies jacket, poodle skirt and some leather, you'll be Sandy, Danny Zuko, Kenickie, Frenchie or Rizzo in no time.

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10. Bob’s Burgers family Halloween costumes.

Dressing up for Halloween couldn't be more simple than pairing some Bob's Burgers costumes together to make a matching family costume. All you need is a few colored T-shirts and a pink ear hat, maybe some burgers and you're good to go.

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