As a parent, you probably want to encourage your kid to be independent, to help them foster a strong sense of self and decision making. That is, until you spot ideas for absolutely adorable mother and son Halloween costumes that you must put your child in. Because there’s nothing cuter than matching outfits with your little one, especially on Halloween.
You can always come up with some creative DIY mommy and me Halloween costumes, like you dressing up as a milk carton and having your baby donned in a delicious chocolate chip cookie costume. But you’re a busy mom, and while a homemade costume can be darling, it’s not always practical. There are so many famous pairs that you can get dressed up as, such as Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf (which, in this case, might be the Little, Sometimes Naughty Wolf). Disney heroines and heroes are always popular (who can resist an Elsa and Olaf duo?) as are Harry Potter and Bluey characters.
You really only have a couple of years when you can get away with wearing matching mother and son Halloween costumes. So if you’re looking to simply click and add to cart, you can find costumes for yourself and your child that will fit your mother-son theme. And down the road, your family can look book at the memories with lots of “Ugh, Mom, why did you dress me up like that?” groans from your child.
1. Peter Pan and Tinker Bell from Peter Pan
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell from Peter Pan know that all you need for a magical Halloween is some peace, love and pixie dust. Peter Pan is a classic, so you really can’t go wrong with it. Tinker Bell spends all of her time with Peter, just like you spend a lot of time with your son. Maybe when he’s done trick-or-treating, he’ll learn to fly. While these costumes are available separately on Amazon, but match each other quite well, and don’t worry — they both come with all of the accessories.
2. Farm animals
This costume is great because you can do whatever you want with it — if sheep and piggies aren’t your vibe, you can do a chicken instead, or maybe a cow. You can match costumes or be different. One of you could wear overalls and a straw hat if you’d rather be a farmer — the possibilities are endless. These onesies are warm, affordable and can be worn time and time again.
3. Blue and Josh from Blue’s Clues
Your favorite 4-legged sleuth and his best friend Josh make an incredible costume pairing. Why? Because the Blue onesie is nice and warm and Josh’s shirt is extremely easy. You won’t need too much time to make you and your child look adorable. You can probably get away with wearing whatever pants you want, but these women’s khakis from L.L. Bean would be a great touch to make you really look like Josh. Plus, this Blue’s Clue’s Treat Bag from Kohl’s is only $10 and would be a fun for trick-or-treating.
4. Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion
“There’s no place like home” wasn’t just Dorothy’s catchphrase. It’s how ever kiddo feels, especially when they’re in the company of their mama. And you can live that phrase in this mother-and-son Halloween costume idea by becoming Dorothy while your child puts on a Cowardly Lion suit. You’ll find all you need to become the protagonist of The Wizard of Oz in this costume set that includes Dorothy’s pretty blue ribbons and pinafore dress. As for your little lion, they’ll look just like the character in the movie when they don this bodysuit with attached mitts and tail, booties, and headpiece made up of an exaggerated main of curls.
5. Woody and Jessie from Toy Story
There’s something about Disney movies that are magical and timeless — kind of like the relationship between Woody and Jessie in Toy Story. Their friendship is one of love, respect, and support, which, as a mom, you can probably relate to. You can snag this Jessie costume on Amazon, which comes with the entire outfit and coordinating hat. And as for your son, he can reach for the sky when he wears this Woody Deluxe Halloween Costume Jumpsuit, which comes with a jumpsuit and a hat.
6. Mrs. Incredible and Baby Dash
When you think of all the things you do during the day, it’s pretty amazing, right? That’s why you should wear a costume that reflects your inner super heroine — Mrs. Incredible. As Elastigirl, you’ll get to wear the famous costume that Helen Parr wore in the movie, complete with a bodysuit, mask, gloves, faux leather skirt and thigh-high boot covers. And your trusty sidekick will look so cute in a Jack Jack costume. Let’s hope that with his whopping 17 superpowers, one of them will include managing to keep his mask on while you trick-or-treat.
7. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
If you’re all ears to getting dressed as Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse, you have lots of options, like this classic Minnie Mouse costume on Amazon. The iconic red and white polka dot dress comes with a belt and matching headband with ears, while the cozy plush Mickey Mouse costume for babies comes with an attached headpiece and nose that squeaks when squeezed. The Mickey mittens have a ribbed wrist so they won’t fall off.
8. Tigger and Pooh
Whether you’re walking through the Hundred Acre Wood (or just down the block to trick-or-treat), you’ll both look sweet when you’re wearing mother and son Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Halloween costumes. Now, the cool thing about the adult Winnie the Pooh costume is that, yes, it’s a costume, but it’s also advertised as pajamas, too. That means you can not only walk down the street dressed as a large plush bear, but you can roll right into bed after Halloween is over still in your outfit if you choose to. Tote your tot around in this tigger costume for infants, which also comes with a hooded jumpsuit and tail. It’s a honey of a Halloween costume idea.
9. Master Chef and sushi roll
These Master Chef and Sushi Roll costumes ensure that there will never be too many cooks in the kitchen. This costume for your kid couldn’t be any simpler: Just dress your little one in one solid color (preferably black so that it looks like the seaweed wrapper), put on some socks and shoes, and then add the costume over their outfit. You can score a chef’s coat on Amazon, and then just wear whatever you’d like, from jeans or black pants to match your child. Once people get the joke that you’re a chef and your child is sushi, you’ll be o-fish-ally nominated as the best costumes of the evening.
10. Mario and Luigi
In the world of video games, you can’t beat Mario and Luigi. The fraternal twin Italian brothers work together as plumbers and often go on crazy adventures together to save Princess Peach from bad guy, Bowser. Their outfits (Mario wears red, blue and yellow, while Luigi wears blue, green, and yellow) are almost instantly identifiable, which is what makes these costumes so cute. You can wear this Mario skirt costume from Amazon, which comes with a dress, gloves, character hat, and a mustache on a stick. Pair it with some red pumps, and you’ll be ready to battle Bowser. Of course, you’ll need your trusty sidekick, and the Super Mario Brothers Luigi toddler costume, complete with uniform, gloves, and hat will make the perfect match.
11. Runaway bunnies
“If you run away, I’ll run after you.” Those are the famous words of the mother in the The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved children’s book. If you read this book to your little bunny every night, what could be a better costume for you and your son? Make it happen by purchasing two bunny suits, one for you and one for your little darling. This Pottery Barn Kids option is a super snuggly one piece with a hood that holds the requisite bunny ears. It’s made of faux fur and fully lined to be extra cozy. For moms, you can get cozy too in this baggy jumpsuit with pink detailing. Paint your nose pink and add some whiskers and you two will be ready to runaway together Halloween night.
12. Cruella and Dalmatian puppy
With Cruella recently released, a new generation of kids have been recently introduced to 101 Dalmatians villain. So it’s prime time to opt for this dynamic duo: Cruella and a stolen pup. You’ll be seeing spots when you pop your tot into this fleece jumpsuit featuring a separate hood and detachable tail. And as for you mama, you can really get evil in this over-the-top Cruella ball gown that also comes with a faux fur shrug — in Dalmatian fur print, naturally.
13. Cat in the Hat with Thing One and Two
Moms of twin boys, here’s your perfect costume: Cat in the Hat with buddies Thing One and Thing Two. It’s an ideal mother-son costume idea. And it’s easy to do. Just grab this Cat in the Hat costume that comes with the hat, a tail, and a polyester jumpsuit. Then put your boys in these matching Thing One and Thing Two ensembles made up of a headpiece, gloves and jumpsuit.
14. Elvis and Priscilla
Does your boy love dancing to Elvis songs? Take him back to The King’s glory days with this tiny Elvis costume. This hilarious polyester jumpsuit bedazzled in jewels is peak costume designer Bill Belew who fashioned the famous look. By purchasing a retro mod dress from the ‘60s and styling a bouffant wig into a beehive, you’ll be looking the part as Elvis’ partner, Priscilla Presley. Bring a boombox (or just play tracks like “Jailhouse Rock” or “Don’t Be Cruel” as you trick or treat and try to stop your kiddo from shaking their hips.
15. Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
Fairy tale stories never go out of fashion. That’s why this mother and son Halloween costume idea is so great. You dress as Little Red Riding Hood, then doll your son up as the Big Bad Wolf. Get your Little Red on with this costume pack that includes everything you need: a dress, cape, and necktie (picnic basket not included). Then dress your child in this hilarious faux fur romper that could easily double as a Teen Wolf costume, should the spirit move you.
16. Elsa and Olaf
Who doesn’t love Olaf from the movie Frozen? The comic relief is a darling snowman who just wants to experience summer. Sound like your kid? Let them become Olaf in what’s essentially a sweat suit. A white velveteen body with snowflake embossing comes with a plush padded head piece that closes under the chin. And as for Elsa, you can become the princess in this deluxe costume pack that includes a dress with an attached cape with sparkly detailing. Only hiccup? You’ll need to purchase your long blonde wig separately. You can find one here.
17. Spider and a Spider Web
This costume is a super squishy polyester suit so your little one will look like a round, green spider. A matching hood with antennas also comes with it. And to make the costume a duo concept, turn yourself into a web with this lovely poncho motif. Long enough to wear as a mini dress, you can add leggings or tights to this sparkly look.
18. Harry Potter and Hedwig the Owl
Where would Harry Potter be without his loyal owl Hedwig? You can make this Halloween costume idea happen by buying your child a classic Harry Potter costume like this one that includes the signature Gryffindor robe. Doctor it up with suit pants and a button down. Then step into this super sweet owl costume that’s really just glorified pajamas. You’ll be cozy and look like a hoot all at once. Just don’t let your son say Strigiforma unless you want him to transform you into a pair of opera glasses.
19. Pirate and parrot
Try on this pirate costume with your child dressed as a parrot. For your little birdie, just get this costume that includes a plush swirl fur body, hood (and beak, natch), as well as shoe covers. Then go full Anne Bonny in this swashbuckling costume made up of a jacket, neck scarf, belt, hat, and boot tops. Captain Hook ain’t got nothing on this gold-trimmed look. Feel free to yell “swab the deck, me mateys!” at will.
20. Curious George and the (Wo)Man in the yellow hat
Curious George, another children’s book character classic, is a great Halloween kids costume. But even better? You can join your child in story land by becoming the (Wo)Man in the Yellow Hat. George’s guardian’s look is easily created using this costume set that includes a big yellow hat, of course, as well as yellow elastic waist pants, a polka dot tie, and yellow shirt. No one will miss you Halloween night. As for your little monkey, they’ll be cozy in this brown romper with a separate hood (with ears and George’s cowlick as well) that you attach under the chin.
21. Shark and lifeguard
Make this mother and son costume idea work by purchasing this classic life guard ensemble for yourself complete with a white tank top, red shorts, and the all important whistle and lanyard. Then let your kid become Jaws as they step into this hilarious three piece made up of a grey jumpsuit, hood, and booties. Obligatory fins are attached in all the right places as well.
Ready to grab your tiny date and make it a fun night? Consider these mother and son Halloween costumes to become the perfect pair on Hallows’ Eve.
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